The confrontation between Russia and the west has been characterised by competing narratives concerning the origins and development of events. A select group of experts examine if there is common ground.
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On 7th November 2015 the European Leadership Network (ELN), in cooperation with the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), hosted an event in London on the competing legal and political narratives between Russia and the West.
Liz Fuller analyses the internal debate in South Ossetia that preceded the recently signed integration treaty with Russia, arguing that the South Ossetian leadership overestimated their freedom of action vis-a-vis Moscow.
Larissa Sotieva argues that the recent integration treaty signed between South Ossetia and Russia marks the end of a period in which independence had ceased to be a viable option for Tskhinval(i).
As the Brisbane G20 Summit nears, Nikolas Gvosdev looks back to previous G20 meetings, and asks whether or not Vladimir Putin will find allies for his vision of a new global order.
Ambassador Zukang defends the position that both China and the U.S. will benefit from the moral and systemic effect brought about by the entry into force of the CTBT.