CONTENTS

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF INTERVIEWS

"The U.S. Is Less and Less Inclined to Look for Compromise" S. Ryabkov... 1

Energy as a Field of Fierce Competition Yu. Shafranik... 15

"We Did Not Have Tornadoes or Typhoons" A. Kokorin... 22

WORLD ISSUES

NATO: An Informal Summit or a New Format? D. Danilov... 28

Key Characteristics of the International Trading System and Prospects for Trade between Russia and the European Union V. Epaneshnikov... 45

Brexit: At the Beginning of Uneasy Talks L. Babynina... 62

Sino-American Relations Under Donald Trump A. Dikarev... 69

Strengthening the Biological Weapons Convention: A Need Obvious to the Naked Eye A. Balaov... 86

Soft Power: Voluntary Cooperation and Access to Resources A. Ganoshchenko... 101

OPINION

The Korean Crisis: Is There a Solution? G. Ivashentsov... 110

THE ARAB VECTOR

Solitaire Arabian Style A. Frolov... 125

Islam as a Factor in the Foreign Policies of Muslim Countries A. Podtserob... 142

The Middle East: Urgent Problems Rami Mohammad Al-Shaer... 151

COMMENTARY AND ESSAYS

Helmut Kohl: Pragmatist, Patriot, European V. Vasilyev... 168

Snap Election in Britain as Seen From the Celtic Regions O. Okhoshin... 177

Transnistria in the Grip of the Ukraine Crisis: On the 25th Anniversary of the Transnistrian Conflict S. Chernyavskiy... 187

Edi Rama: Does He Represent a New Albanian Reality? N. Platoshkin... 196

Russian Presence in Nicaragua: The Role and Main Characteristics of Soft Power in Russian-Nicaraguan Relations A. Budayev... 204

Upgrading History: Launch of the EU Project for the Preservation of European Identity M. Oreshina... 214

VIEWPOINT

The International Association of Oil Transporters: A Territory of Professionalism and Trust M. Margelov... 227

HISTORY AND MEMOIRS

The Munich Tragedy: Pondering on the Fate of Czechoslovakia A. Borisov... 233

The Death Toll in the Kuropaty Massacre A. Dyukov... 266

BOOK REVIEWS

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