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Diplomat Today

Dear readers,
From time immemorial, the role regions have played in diplomacy has been fairly conspicuous. Local rulers often changed their suzerains thereby provoking wars between neighboring countries. Nowadays, quite a few regions are considered hot spots, frozen conflicts or separatist. Suffice it to recall Kosovo, Nagorno-Karabakh, Quebec, Tibet, Basconia, Transdniestria, Sri Lanka, Northern Ireland, and rebel provinces in African countries.

There are examples of quite the opposite, though: German federal states that successfully conduct trade boost cultural ties and even have representative offices in world capitals, including Moscow; Swiss cantons; Argentine provinces; and megalopolises establishing direct ties with each other with a view to exchanging experience of addressing environmental, economic and other issues...

Russias regions, having found themselves in an entirely new situation after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the establishment of the Russian Federation, each behaved in their own way. Some tried to take as much sovereignty as they could, including direct entry into the international arena. Others turned out to be unprepared for the rights granted to them by the new Constitution and federal laws. Now, twenty years later, an ever growing number of Russian regions are finding the golden mean in their ties with the outside world to the benefit of themselves and the Federation as a whole. You can read all about that in Diplomats December issue.

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