How long can Putin's current foreign policy be sustained?
Chinese, Russian and English are all competing to be Central Asia’s lingua franca. This has a bearing on the region’s ties to the rest of the world, as well as an impact on domestic political culture.
The Russian media’s focus on determining the death toll of Russian mercenaries in Syria obscures a wider challenge: Russia’s actions there are relying on Iran, and benefitting Iran. The benefits for Russia are far less clear.
Although there has been much talk of Russia’s pivot to Asia, the question of Russia’s tense relations with America will dominate Putin’s fourth term.
A new survey shows how Russians might be open to changing their views about America. There is a growing willingness for cooperation, but a persistent reluctance for their country to make concessions.