There has been much talk about the value, or lack thereof, of dialogue with Russia. But with Western relations with Russia at an all time low, there is a pressing need for new forms of creative dialogue through which to engage with Moscow.
The UN Security Council is certain to impose sanctions on North Korea. But, since these are likely to involve – at least initially – just cutting off trade and diplomatic contacts, no significant impact is expected.
Russia continues to oppose the NATO Ballistic Missile Defence, despite the proposed deployment having shifted to southeast Europe, highlighting the continuation of misperceptions, paranoia and propaganda hysteria in Moscow.