CONTENTS

CONFERENCE OF RUSSIAN AMBASSADORS AND PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVES

"I Hope Pragmatism Will Eventually Prevail..." V. Putin... 1

On the Sidelines of the 2014 Conference P. Akopov, A. Denisov, V. Churkin, A. Grushko, O. Ozerov, K. Vnukov, V. Vorobiev, A. Veshnyakov, B. Bolotin... 10

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF INTERVIEWS

Only National Interest Can Be the Driving Force of Foreign Policy S. Ryabkov... 26

WORLD ISSUES

The Hot Summer of 2014 M. Margelov... 36

Symbol of an Emerging Multipolar World V. Lukov... 44

Russia and Britain During the Ukrainian Crisis A. Yakovenko... 51

The Idea of a "Silk Road Economic Belt" and Eurasian Integration A. Lukin... 55

Afghanistan and Unconventional Threats to Central Asia V. Evseev... 68

THE CRISIS AROUND UKRAINE

The Managed Chaos Strategies as Part of the Political Crisis A. Manoylo... 84

Liability of the Conflicting Parties in Ukraine A. Moiseev... 99

Will the Ukrainian Crisis End in Another Cold War? V. Batyuk... 107

Insurrection in Kiev: The Stage and the Actors Marc Sagnol... 115

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF'S COLUMN

Farewell, Germany! A. Oganesyan... 135

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COMMENTARY AND ESSAYS

America's Foreign Policy Strategy and the Five-Day War in the Southern Caucasus R. Dzarasov... 138

The Middle East: Traditions and Transformations A. Frolov, R. Mustafin... 154

Political Reform and the Fight Against Corruption in the PRC L. Smirnova... 170

The Echo of World War II in East Asia V. Petrovsky... 183

The External Factor in the 2016 DR Congo Presidential Election O. Ilyshev... 198

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

Is the Ukrainian Crisis an Energy Challenge to Russia? A. Oganesyan, Yu. Shafranik, G. Shmal, R. Tankaev, V. Bushnyev, S. Melnikova, A. Mastepanov... 208

FROM THE EDITOR'S DIARY A. Oganesyan 225

RUSSIA AND OTHER NATIONS

Russia and Cuba: Allies in the Struggle for Media Multipolarity M. Kamynin... 228

Russia and Tajikistan: Friendship ...

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