Tag: Putin

Another Page in Russia and LGBTQ Rights: The Chechnya Story

Accusations of human rights abuses are nothing new to Russia and most recently, the situation has reached an alarming climax as the Chechnya region in Russia has come under fire for a multitude of reported abuses and persecution of the LGBTQ…

Jeff Sessions and Relationships with Russia

On March 1st, allegations arose of US Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, communicating with the Russian ambassador to the US during Trump’s campaign. This occurred after Sessions was questioned about relationships between Trump’s administration and The Kremlin during his confirmation hearings in…

Divide and Rule

At the Munich Security Conference, Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, called for a “post-West world order.” It was a euphemism for what the Kremlin envisions for the future; a future that Russia is actively working to achieve. Russian foreign policy is…

The Turkey-Russia Rapprochement

Nearly a month following the assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, we have seen neither a Russian démarche nor a reprisal against the Turkish government for the security oversight that allowed the gunman to enter the Ankara art…

Erdoğan’s Gamble

Whilst the West has been caught in a whirl of angst and apprehension following the results of the American election, arguably more concerning changes to the international balance of power have been unfolding in the Near East. In his most recent…

Trump’s Election: An Opportunity for the European Union?

In response to the recent election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States, the attitude adopted in Eurocratic circles seems to be “wait and see.” European Union (EU) leaders acknowledge Trump’s rash statements regarding foreign affairs,…

Review’s Radio: Exploring the Possibilities of a Renewed Cold War with Prof. Brawley

In this second episode of the engaging biweekly podcast series of the McGill International Review, Review’s Radio ‘on Demand’, we explore the possibilities of renewed Cold War tensions (or worse, “a hot war”, as former Soviet statesman Mikhail Gorbachev called…

Trump and the Erosion of the Internationalist Era

1945 not only saw the end to the horrors and destruction brought on by one of the most devastating events in human history, but also reconfigured and redesigned the structure of the entire international community. The roles and responsibilities of North…

Avoiding the Second Cold War

On Monday, Russian president Vladimir Putin announced that Russia would begin withdrawing select parts of its forces from Syria. This announcement, which comes in tangent with the news of closer Russian-American cooperation in Syria to combat the presence of ISIS,…