Section Head, Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Vice-President, Russian Political Science Association; Director, Institute for Strategic Assessments; Professor, Institute for International Relations.
Recent reports show that the Russian aerospace industry comprises numerous subsidiaries with unclear functions that still receive project funding. This has just been reported in connection with the GLONASS program and in connection with the finger pointing among top executives of the Russian Federal Space Agency and the Russian Space Systems Corporation.
Russia and NATO regularly make real steps towards greater cooperation. It must be understood, however, that normal relations will not be established until the internal conceptual obstacles to real rapprochement are removed.
Nuclear weapons remain a stumbling block in international relations. Tensions have been building over the Iranian nuclear program and could lead to a new war in the Middle East. The West and Russia might again find themselves eyeing each other across a barricade. This could damage relations for years to come.