Fedor Lukyanov: A new system of relations among countries will pose a challenge for Russia

10 January 2017

Editor-in-Chief of Russia in Global Politics magazine and member of the Gorchakov Club  Fedor Lukyanov is discussing changes that we should expect in the nearest future on an international arena in an interview to Rosbalt.


— One of major results of 2016, according to some experts, was a defeat of the globalization project, which is demonstrated, for example, by Brexit and the victory of Donald Trump at the presidential elections in the U.S. Do you agree with such a strong statement?


— I would not say that globalization is coming to an end. Global economy, covering the whole world, is not going anywhere.


However, its certain form – neoliberal and US-focused – will be differently structured and will function somewhat differently. Regionalization cannot be avoided, universalism of rules will, probably, be disappearing and will be replaced by fragmented forms. That is why one will have to search for ways of interaction among those smaller units.


It is hard to say how it will look yet. Before the Trump’s election, it was expected that such new forms would include mega blocks like Trans-Pacific and Trans-Atlantic Trade Partnerships, which had been created by Barack Obama. However, since Trump opposes that idea, it will not be realized anymore. Chances are that it will involve return to some more classical forms, for example, bilateral zones of free trade between different countries.

A full text of the article in Russian can be found here