Russia in Global Affairs, founded in November 2002 by the Council for Foreign and Defense Policy (CFDP), the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, and the Izvestia daily, is an English-language journal published on a quarterly basis. It is accessible online free of charge. Its editorial board includes the chairman, Sergey Karaganov; Martti Ahtisaari, Nobel Prize Winner and former President of Finland; Carl Bildt, Foreign Minister of Sweden; Helmut Kohl; and Sergey Lavrov and Igor Ivanov, both in personal capacity. The editor-in-Chief is Fyodor Lukyanov.
Russia in Global Affairs has published many contributions to the debate on the South Caucasus. The following are some of the most interesting recent articles on the region:
Mikhail Troitsky, "Accepting the Inevitable?", Russia in Global Affairs. no. 2, April
Alexei Vlassov, "The End of Multi-Vector Policies", Russia in Global Affairs no. 4, October-December 2008. On the implications of the 2008 war in Georgia for Russia and the CIS, and the inadequacy of "post-Soviet multi-vector policies".
Ivan Kotlyarov, "The Logic of South Ossetia Conflict", Russia in Global Affairs no. 4, October-December 2008. Provides suggestions for the Russian government on how to act in the aftermath of the conflict and Moscow's recognition of Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's independence:
"By standing up to defend the South Ossetian population – the majority of which are Russian citizens – from extermination by Georgian troops and to support its own peacekeepers, who had become targets of an unmotivated attack, Russia took the only action that was possible in that situation. The logic of defending the civilian population in the zone of one's own peacekeeping control is immaculate from both the political and moral point of view, and the operation by the Russian troops was quite correctly described as 'peace enforcement'. This was not a war against Georgia; this was a peacekeeping action aimed at coercing the aggressor to stop military operations."
Alexander Aksenyonok, "Paradigm Change in Russian Foreign Policy", Russia in Global Affairs no. 4, October-December 2008. Defends Russia's actions in the conflict, argues that the West is not ready for a new security architecture and keeps provoking Russia: "in the view of Russia's political elite, the demonization of Russia at every given opportunity, artificial attempts to create an enemy image of Russia, and gross violations of the rules of free competition in world markets – all these developments are intended to prevent Russia's rebirth as a center of power in the rapidly changing world."
Yekaterina Kuznetsova, "The Near Abroad: Increasingly Far Away from Russia", Russia in Global Affairs, no. 1, January-March 2005 Discusses Russia's policy in the near abroad, providing substantial analysis of Russian-Georgian relations. Argues that "helping post-Soviet states to restore their integrity would bring Russia more dividends than the hopeless and costly support for the unrecognized autonomies."
"Armenia Amid a Sea of Uncertainty" (survey results), Russia in Global Affairs, no. 4, October – December 2004 Discusses four scenarios for Armenia in 2008-2010: integration into the EU; stagnation in isolation; Russia's outpost; and regional leader.
Leonid Radzikhovsky, "Georgiophobia", Russia in Global Affairs, no. 4, October – December 2004 A journalist's take on the state of Russian-Georgian relations. "Russia is Georgia's natural ally. To make Georgia understand this, Russia must change its attitude toward its southerly neighbor. First and foremost, we must take our feet off the tabletop and stop putting on arrogant airs." Advocates cooperation between Russia, Georgia, and the US.
Andranik Migranyan, "Georgia Propelling Its Disintegration", Russia in Global Affairs, no. 4, October – December 2004 Critical of Saakashvili's approach to Abkhazia and South Ossetia: "Today, Saakashvili seems to be propelling a de jure formalization of Abkhazian and South Ossetian independence."
Sergei Karaganov, "Moscow and Tbilisi: Beginning Anew", Russia in Global Affairs, no. 1, January-February 2004 Argues that the new Georgian leadership may be an opportunity for a new start to relations between the two countries; that Russia is not interested in Georgia's decline or disintegration; and that "friendly assistance to the Georgian people will be more advantageous in the long term than semi-hostile disregard."