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Russia Review: Ananta Center by P.S Raghavan

Ambassador P. S. Raghavan Convenor, National Security Advisory Board Former Indian Ambassador to Russia (2014-16) OCTOBER 2018 | VOL 03 ISSUE 10 |  MONT HLY Overview   •  Amidst persisting differences, another Trump-Putin meeting was announced •  Russia-Europe bilateral and multilateral consultations progressed •  Russian engagement with West Asia pursued political and energy interests •  President Putin’s visit to India in the backdrop of CAATSA Russia-US dialogue President Trump’s announcement on October 20, that the US has decided to pull out of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia (as the successor state to the Soviet Union), had been expected for some time, but nevertheless provoked negative reactions from Russia (as also Europe, China and Japan). The US has insisted, with increasing intensity since 2014, that Russia’s deployment of a cruise missile (which the Russians call 9M729) violates the treaty. The Russians, while denying this charge

Understanding the strongmen

Source: AXIOS FUTURE, by Steve Levine Photo: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty   Across the globe, democracy appears to be on the wane and strongman-led populism on the rise. But while the direction is authoritarian, it does not necessarily mean dictatorship everywhere. What's happening : The sharp turn to authoritarian politics appears to reflect the re-emergence of conservative forces buried by the post-Soviet democratic wave. " All the momentum is with the populists and nationalists right now," Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group, tells Axios. But authoritarianism comes in different shades,  says Dan Slater, the head of the Center for Emerging Democracies at the University of Michigan, who writes about the issue in a new piece at Foreign Affairs . They include: "Electoral authoritarians"  — election cheats who stop at nothing to stay in power. Illiberal democrats  — who don't necessarily cheat, but dish out attacks on norms and institutions to make th

When scientists get overloaded

Source: AXIOS FUTURE by Steve Levine Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios   Science is moving at a dizzying pace: around 2.5 million scientific journal articles are published a year around the world, and still the volume keeps climbing .  But rather than propel science at an increasing clip, the flood has created information overload — and that threatens to hold back progress. We have written about how  artificial intelligence and faster computing are allowing scientists to go after much bigger problems. But part of the problem  is also the mundane task of simply keeping up with their field in an age of too much data. Axios' Kaveh Waddell writes :  Much of what scientists do isread each others’ work — for the day’s trends, techniques, and outstanding questions. But the sheer volume means no one can read  all  the relevant work. Nor can anyone realistically find only the best papers. This sets up an impossible choice,  says Doug Raymond of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intel