On the Importance of Having an Enemy

It has become quite difficult to envision any real advance in relations with a country that is so invested in portraying the other as an enemy.  That has certainly been the case for Russia, as the state propaganda has never tired of portraying the nation as a besieged fortress, threatened from all sides by enemies […]

The New Cartelisation

Remember a few years ago when Russia was having fun talking about a natural-gas OPEC?  It was largely derided at the time considering wildly different nature of the trade of this commodity (not the same spot market as oil), and then wholly forgotten when the shale boom crashed prices. But it would be a mistake […]