IIR in the media

19.04.2017 | Mark Galeotti
Stagnation as strategy evident in Tillerson’s trip to Moscow
"The odds for any kind of breakthrough from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to Russia were vanishingly low from the first. As it was, the political process proved as gridlocked at Moscow’s streets, as highway after highway was closed to accommodate VIP motorcades. This is not just a question of US-Russian relations, though: it also speaks to the Kremlin’s fundamental uncertainty as to what to do about a whole series of urgent concerns," comments Mark Galeotti on US Secretary of State's visit to Russia for IntelliNews Business New Europe.
10.04.2017 | Mark Galeotti
Terror in Russia and the West: A Need for Compassion
"Europe’s lights were dark for St. Petersburg’s tragedy. It was neither right, nor smart," wrote Mark Galeotti for Moscow Times in his analysis of Petersburg's terrorist attack.
07.04.2017 | Mark Galeotti
A Few Quick and First Thoughts on the US Airstrike on Syria
The use of chemical weapons against civilians cannot continue with impunity, but is a 50-missile strike the right response? Mark Galeotti answers this question at his blog, In Moscow's Shadows.
05.04.2017 | Mark Galeotti
Voronenkov's Murder: Russia Will Regret Turning to the ‘Dark Side’
The shocking assassination of Russian politician-turned-pariah Denis Voronenkov last week has sharpened fears among the Russian diaspora of Moscow’s inclination toward vendetta. It is also the topic of an article by Mark Galeotti for THe Moscow Times.
28.03.2017 |
Czech stand ‘confused’ going into Rome informal summit says analyst
"EU leaders met in Rome on Saturday to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding Rome treaty and look forward to the future. That was the theory, but the Czech Republic and other Central European countries had already put down warning markers over what they regarded as moves towards a more multi-speed Europe. Did the Czech Republic have a clear stance going into the summit?" Radio Prague asked Benjamin Tallis.
27.03.2017 | Mark Galeotti
Follow the Money
A massive Russian money laundromat was exposed . An important investigation released by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) pulled back the curtain on how Russian officials and organized crime figures wash their money. Mark Galeotti was among the guests of the Power Vertical Podcast discussing the disturbing findings of the report.
The Czech Republic gives up on the EU – and foreign policy: A reaction
Benjamin Tallis, Mark Galeotti, Michal Koran, Jakub Eberle, and Ondrej Ditrych react at openDemocracy.net on an interview with Minister of Foreign Affairs.
22.03.2017 | Mark Galeotti
Trump's White House is starting to look a lot like Putin's Kremlin
"Critical media voices denounced as "enemies of the people." Power not in the hands of elected officials, but the President's close friends and family. Statecraft taking second place to the interests of the inner circle. While there's no real evidence that Donald Trump is Vladimir Putin's puppet, his White House is certainly starting to resemble the Kremlin in the way it works," writes Mark Galeotti in his piece for CNN.
14.03.2017 | Mark Galeotti
Not Quite The Comintern
Mark Galeotti commented on Power Vertical Podcast of the RFE/RL on the agreements the ruling United Russia party has signed with far-right European parties. Over the past three months, the ruling United Russia party has signed formal agreements with two far-right European parties: Italy's Northern League this week and Austria's Freedom Party in December.
10.03.2017 | Mark Galeotti
Zeman: not so much Moscow’s 'trojan horse' as a symptom of Western malaise
Zeman, in his cavalier disregard for the niceties of consensus-building, his open doubts about the European project, his scare-mongering about a mythical migrant threat, is a symptom of a wider malaise in both the Czech Republic and the West as a whole. Addressing that on a fundamental level will naturally undermine the Zemans of this world, " writes Mark Galeotti in his article for bne IntelliNews regarding Zeman's confirmation to compete again in the 2018 presidental elections.

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