International Events of 2014
2014 was an eventful year. It was clear from its very beginning that Ukraine would be high on the international agenda. However, few could imagine that the Ukrainian crisis would dominate world events. Developments in the Transatlantic region and in Central and Eastern Europe depended a lot on what was happening in Ukraine. But there were some events that passed unnoticed behind the rhetoric about Ukraine.
Russia, the European Union and the United States: A Year-Long Saga
2014 marked a turning point in the history of relations between Russia, the European Union and the United States. The sanctions war that broke out in the summer of 2014 in the wake of the Ukrainian crisis and the incorporation of Crimea into Russia continues. However, contradictions between the main players in the Euro-Atlantic region were not the only notable event. Elections to the European Parliament merit particular attention because right-wing parties won many seats. Then, there was the anniversary of the opening of the Second Front in Normandy, the NATO summit, preparations for celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Helsinki Final Act, etc. Below RIAC summarizes analytical materials reflecting the highlights of life in the Euro-Atlantic community in 2014.
Olga Potyomkina,
Doctor of Political Science, Head of the Regional Research Department of Institute of Europe
Irina Busygina,
Doctor of Political Science, Professor of the Comparative Politics Department, MGIMO University
Vladimir Olenchenko, Yuri Kvashnin
IMEMO RAN
Vladislav Belov,
Ph.D in Economics, Head of the Country and Regional Researches Department, Head of the German Research Center of the Institute for Europe
Ivan Timofeev,
Program Director at Russian International Affairs Council



February 22
Change of Power (coup d'etat) in Ukraine
Artyom Malgin,
PhD in Political Science, Vice-Rector of MGIMO University
Alexander Tevdoi-Burmuli (MGIMO), Sergey Utkin (RAS), Nikolay Kaveshnikov (Institute of Europe)
Igor Ivanov,
RIAC President, RF Minister of Foreign Affairs (1998-2014)
Russian and Ukrainian experts' comments
Igor Ivanov,
RIAC President, RF Minister of Foreign Affairs (1998-2014)
Des Browne, Wolfgang Ischinger, Igor Ivanov, Sam Nunn, Adam Daniel Rotfeld
Maksim Bugriy, Maksym Surzhynskiy, Viacheslav Dziundziuk, Andreas Umland and Sergey Kovalenko
Pavel Kanevskiy,
PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Sociology of Political Processes, Faculty of Sociology, MSU
Jiang Yi, Zhang Hong, Li Yajun, Feng Yujun, Xu Wenhong
Hall Gardner,
Professor and Chair, Department of International and Comparative Politics American University of Paris
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Igor Ivanov,
RIAC President, RF Minister of Foreign Affairs (1998-2014)
Gevorg Mirzayan,
Correspondent, Expert magazine, Research fellow of the RAS U.S. and Canadian Studies Institute
Igor Ivanov,
RIAC President, RF Minister of Foreign Affairs (1998-2014)
Russia's Ivanov and Germany's Ischinger Discuss the Ukraine Crisis
Rostislav Ishchenko,
President of the Center for Systems Analysis and Forecasting, Ukraine
Alexander Gushchin,
PhD in History, Associate Professor, Department of Post-Soviet Countries, Russian State University for the Humanities
Andrei Kortunov,
Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council



March 17
The United States and the European Union introduce the first package of anti-Russian sanctions
Tatiana Isachenko,
Doctor of Economics, Professor, Department of International Economic Relations and Foreign Economic Relations, MGIMO University
Elena Kvochko,
Cyber Resilience Partnership Lead; Manager, IT and Telecommunications Industries at the World Economic Forum
Alexey Belogoriev,
Deputy Director-General, Institute of Energy Strategy
Vladimir Baranovsky (IMEMO RAN), Valery Garbuzov (Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies), Sergey Kulik (Institute for Contemporary Development)
Elena Ananyeva (RAS Institute for European Studies), Igor Kovalyov (Higher School of Economics) and Yuri Fokin (Diplomatic Academy of Russian Foreign Ministry)
Gevorg Mirzayan,
Correspondent, Expert magazine, Research fellow of the RAS U.S. and Canadian Studies Institute
Yuri Rubinsky,
PhD in History, Professor at the Higher School of Economics
Olga Potemkina,
Head of the European Integration Research Department at the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Europe
Eugenia Israelyan,
PhD in History, Leading Researcher at RAS Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies
Andrei Kortunov,
Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council
Maxim Bratersky,
Doctor of Political Science, Professor, Head of the World Politics Department of the Higher School of Economics



April 17
Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine sign the Geneva Statement
Sergey Utkin,
Head of Department of Strategic Assessment, Centre for Situation Analysis, Russian Academy of Sciences
Alexander Gushchin, Associate Professor, Department of Post-Soviet Countries, Russian State University for the Humanities
Sergei Markedonov, Associate Professor, Department of Regional Studies and Foreign Policy, Russian State University for the Humanities
Vladislav Belov,
Head of the Country and Regional Researches Department, Head of the German Research Center of the Institute for Europe
Vladislav Belov,
Head of the Country and Regional Researches Department, Head of the German Research Center of the Institute for Europe



May 22-25

Elections to the European Parliament

Representatives of right-wing parties make a strong showing in the elections

Vladimir Schweitzer: Conservatives and Liberals in the Financial and Economic Crisis



Vladimir Malakhov,
Doctor of Political Science, Leading researcher, RAS Institute of Philosophy
Nikolay Kaveshnikov,
Associate professor, head of department of European integration at MGIMO-University, leading research fellow at the RAS Institute of Europe
Pavel Kanevskiy,
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Sociology of Political Processes, Faculty of Sociology, MSU



June 5-6
Celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Allied Landing in Normandy



July 17
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashes near Donetsk
Igor Ivanov, RIAC President, from 1998 to 2004, RF Minister of Foreign Affairs, Malcolm Rifkind, Former foreign secretary and a former defense secretary for Britain



August 9
A policeman in Ferguson (Missouri) shoots African-American teenager Michael Brown dead. The incident triggers mass riots and protests across the country



September 4-5
NATO Summit in Wales
Alexander Yermakov,
RIAC expert
Alexander Pivovarenko,
Research Associate of the RAS Institute of Slavonic Studies
Igor Istomin,
PhD in Political Science, Senior Lecturer, Department of Applied International Analysis, MGIMO University
Dmitry Danilov,
Head of the European Security Department RAS Institute of Europe
Sergey Utkin,
Head of Department of Strategic Assessment, Centre for Situation Analysis, Russian Academy of Sciences
Spencer Oliver,
OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Secretary General
Javier Ruperez,
Ambassador, President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (1996-1998)
Andrey Zagorsky,
Head of department at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations



October 22-24
Meeting of the Valdai Club
Ivan Timofeev,
Program Director at Russian International Affairs Council



November 1
European Commission starts working under its new President, Jean-Claude Juncker
Olga Potemkina,
Head of the European Integration Research Department at the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Europe



November 4
US Midterm Elections 2014



November 15-16
G20 Brisbane Summit

Ivan Timofeev, Mark Rakhmangulov and Victoria Panova: G20 Brisbane 2014: Global Pragmatism or Regional Tantrums?





Alexey Gromyko, Elena Ananyeva
Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Igor Ivanov, RIAC President, Desmond Brown, Executive Board Member of the ELN, Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, Sam Nunn, Co-chairman of the NTI, Adam Rotfeld, Co-chairman of Polish-Russian Group on Difficult Matters, Irina Busygina, MGIMO Professor
A Separate Europe
2014: The Beginning of Big Changes?

September 18, 2014 saw one of the most heart-pounding events in the life of Great Britain and the European Union: the Scottish independence referendum. Although the proud Scots decided to stay part of the United Kingdom, the event resounded in other parts of Europe and the world where issues of secession remain unresolved, including Catalonia, the Basque Country, some regions in Italy and Flanders and Wallonia in Belgium.
Sergei Khenkin,
Professor of the Comparative Political Studies Department of the MGIMO University

Elena Ananyeva,
Head of the Center for British Studies at the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Sergei Khenkin,
Professor of the Comparative Political Studies Department of the MGIMO University

David McCrone,
Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Edinburgh
Vladimir Schweitzer,
Chief Researcher of the RAS Institute for European Studies
Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans
The Balkans has long ceased to be Europe's powder keg, but some extremely interesting internal and external political processes are still taking place there. Its proximity to turbulent Ukraine makes the political climate in the region still more volatile. The Baltic and Central European countries still take an ambiguous and dubious stance with regard to Russia. While increasing energy cooperation, they are often reluctant to collaborate in other areas.
Vladislav Belov (RAS Institute for European Studies), Nikolay Kaveshnikov (MGIMO-University), Olga Potemkina (RAS Institute for European Studies), Kyrill Entin (Higher School of Economics) and Andras Racz (Peter Pazmany Catholic University, Hungary)
Salome Zourabichvili,
French diplomat and former Foreign Minister of the Republic of Georgia
Alexei Fenenko,
leading research fellow at the RAS Institute of International Security Problems
Sergey Rekeda,
Editor-in-Chief, RuBaltic.Ru, General Director, Information and Analytical Centre on Social and Political Processes in the Post-Soviet Space, Moscow State University
Cornel Ciurea,
Political scientist, IDIS "Viitorul" expert, Moldova
Pavel Kandel,
Head of Department, RAS Institute of Europe
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Oleg Alexandrov, Associate Professor at the MGIMO Department of International Relations and Foreign Policy of Russia and Yulia Yakusheva, Vice Director general, Head of Analytical department at the Moscow State University
Eurasian Integration
Problems of integration and cooperation in the Eurasian space. Russia and conflicts in the Greater Caucasus. The impact of the Ukrainian crisis on integration processes.



May 29, October 10, December 23

Meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council
President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko sign the Eurasian Economic Union Treaty.

Armenia joins the Eurasian Economic Union Treaty (May 29, 2014) and the Customs Union (October 10, 2014)


December 2014: Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia complete the creation of the Economic Union.

Aza Migranyan,
Head of Economics Department at the CIS Institute
Andrei Kortunov,
Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council




September 29
The 4th Caspian Summit



November
Summit of Heads of State of the CIS

Oleg Alexandrov, Yulia Yakusheva: CIS Heads of Government to Discuss Ukraine?



Russia and the Greater Caucasus
Nana Gegelashvilii,
Head of the Center for Regional Studies at RAS Institute for the U.S. and Canadian Studies
Vladimir Iontsev,
Head of the Population Studies Chair at Economy Department, Moscow State University
Elena Zavyalova,
Head of Department of Economic Policy and Public-Private Partnership at MGIMO-University
Vakhtang Rcheulishvili,
Chairman of the Georgian Economic Forum
Asia-Pacific Region and South Asia
The Asia-Pacific Region is traditionally very diverse. And 2014 was, as usual, full of events in that part of the world. Starting in the spring, several countries held presidential and parliamentary elections, some of which triggered structural changes in the domestic and foreign policies of their governments (in India and Indonesia, for example). China, whose capital city hosted an APEC summit, cannot be ignored here. The protests in Hong Kong in the second half of 2014 presented mainland China with a very delicate dilemma: the mistakes of 1989 should not be repeated. Russia reaffirmed its commitment and desire to work side by side with the countries in the region, as witnessed by numerous meetings and visits by the Russian President and government ministers with their counterparts in the APR. The RIAC team has registered these and many other high-profile political events in the region.




April-May
Narendra Modi New Prime Minister of India
Parliamentary elections bring the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party to power. Modi is named Prime Minister.
Christophe Jaffrelot,
Global Scholar at Princeton University and Research Director at the CNRS
Andrei Volodin,
Senior Research Fellow at Eurasian Studies Centre, Institute of Current International Problems' at the Russian Foreign Ministry Diplomatic Academy
Vasily Shikin,
MGIMO-University
Vinay Shukla,
New Delhi based Journalist & Eurasia Analyst
Vyacheslav Belokrenitskiy,
Deputy Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences
Vasily Shikin,
MGIMO-University
Sudha Ramachandran,
Independent journalist and researcher
Vyacheslav Belokrenitskiy,
Deputy Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences




May 8

Major Clash in the South China Sea
The most aggressive player was Beijing, which provoked retaliatory actions by Hanoi.
Evan P. Garcia,
Undersecretary for Policy, Department of Foreign Affairs, Republic of the Philippines
Clarita Carlos,
University of the Philippines, Executive Director, Center for Political and Democratic Reforms, Inc.




May 20-21
Fourth Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Shanghai, China. Russia and China sign Framework Agreement on Gas Supplies
Larisa Smirnova,
Faculty Member, Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures, Xiamen University
Gleb Ivashentsov, Russian Centre for APEC Studies; Dmitry Mosyakov, Institute of Oriental Studies; Vladimir Petrovsky, Institute for Far Eastern Studies, and Vladimir Portyakov, Institute for Far Eastern Studies
Vladislav Inozemtsev,
Scientific Director of the Center for Post-Industrial Studies




May 22
Military Coup in Thailand
Western countries, which profess adherence to democracy, do nothing about the military junta.

Ekaterina Koldunova: Military "non-coup" in Thailand and its aftermath





July 9
Presidential Elections in Indonesia
The new President, Joko Widodo, is a politician in the new mould who advocates moderate democratization of the country's political system






July 15-16
The 6th BRICS summit in Fortaleza, Brazil
Yury Zaytsev,
Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Applied Economic Studies, Presidential Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration




September 11

Trilateral meeting of the Russia's President Vladimir Putin, the President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping and the President of Mongolia Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj in Dushanbe




September - December
Protests in Hong Kong
The future of the integration of democratic Hong Kong into mainland China remains uncertain


Sergey Luzyanin: Hong Kong: Beijing Has Not Used All Its Resources



Anna Kaimova: "One Country, Two Systems": the View from Taiwan





November 5-11
APEC CEO Summit in Beijing
Irina Timonina,
Dean of International relations department at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration
Mikhail Skovoronskikh,
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service Georgetown University




December 10
Vladimir Putin's Visit to India
The Middle East
The events of the Arab Spring that were dying down in early 2014 in the Middle East and Maghreb forced these countries to acknowledge the need to reform their government models. The weakened countries with emerging civil societies are under threat from radical extremism in the shape of the Islamic State terrorist group. Syria, which is still in the throes of a civil war; Iraq, which is incapable of countering the external threat on its own; and Afghanistan, where the coalition military mission achieved dubious success all offer fertile soil for the spread of radical Islamic State ideas. The countries in the Middle East, together with the international community, have to exert every effort to restore peace and order in the region, which has untold economic wealth and potential, as well as a colossal historical heritage. Russia is building up opportunities for cooperation with the countries in the region by proposing its projects for the settlement of conflict situations.




The Major 2014 Threat



February

Geneva II Conference in Montreux, Switzerland
Gevorg Mirzayan,
Correspondent, Expert magazine, Research fellow of the RAS U.S. and Canadian Studies Institute
Vitaly Naumkin,
Director of RAS Institute of Oriental Studies
Denis Primakov,
Associate Transparency International-R lawyer, Assistant Professor of the Moscow State Law Academy
Dmitry Trenin,
Director of Carnegie Moscow Centre
Yuri Belobrov,
Senior Researcher, Institute of Current International Affairs, Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry
Aleksander Vysotsky,
Department of History of International Relations and Foreign Policy of Russia, MGIMO University
Irina Ahmed Zain Aidrous,
Assistant Professor, Peoples' Friendship University of Russia
Igor Ivanov,
RIAC President, RF Minister of Foreign Affairs (1998-2004)
Elena Suponina,
Adviser to the director of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies
Aleksei Sarabyev,
Head of the Information and Publishing Department at the Institute of Oriental Studies
Elena Suponina,
Adviser to the director of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies
Alexander Aksenyonok,
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Tatiana Karasova,
Head of Israel Department at RAS Institute for Oriental Studies
Sohail Mahmood, Pakistan, Mehdi Dehnavi, Iran
Vitaly Naumkin,
Director of RAS Institute of Oriental Studies
Vitaly Naumkin,
Director of RAS Institute of Oriental Studies
Elena Suponina,
Adviser to the director of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies
Alexander Krylov,
Professor, Leading Research Fellow at the Center for the Middle East Studies of MGIMO University
Alexander Krylov,
Professor, Leading Research Fellow at the Center for the Middle East Studies of MGIMO University
Sergey Demidenko,
Expert at the Institute of Strategic Estimates and Analysis, Assistant Professor at the Higher School of Economics
Irina Zviagelskaya,
Professor of the Oriental Studies Department of the MGIMO University
Sergey Demidenko,
Expert at the Institute of Strategic Estimates and Analysis, Assistant Professor at the Higher School of Economics
Vitaly Naumkin,
Director of RAS Institute of Oriental Studies
December 1
Vladimir Putin Meets Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Irina Busygina,
Professor of the Comparative Politics Department, MGIMO University
Antonia Dimou, John Nomikos,
Research Institute for European and American Studies based in Athens, Greece
Vitaly Naumkin,
Director of RAS Institute of Oriental Studies
Stanislav Pritchin,
Research fellow of the RAS Institute of Oriental Studies
December 16
Peshawar School Massacre
Africa

The development of the African continent remains one of the key topics of discussion within the international community. China is still one of the leaders, investing heavily in the modernization of African countries. 2014 was a dark page in the continent's history: in spring, the world heard about the rapidly spreading Ebola virus epidemic, which has claimed more than 5,000 lives.
Anastasia Tolstukhina,
Diplomatic Academy
Olga Kulkova,
Senior Research Fellow at Center for Russian-African Relations and African Foreign Policy, RAS Institute for African Studies, Researcher at Center for Security and Development Problems, Moscow State University
Eugenia Chervonnaya,
MGIMO-University
Vladimir Shubin,
Chief Researcher at the RAS Institute of African Studies
The Arctic and Dynamics of Cooperation in 2014

For several years now the Arctic has been a magnet not only for the Arctic states, but for other countries interested in developing new oil fields and other subsoil resources, and building innovative transport, trade and economic hubs in the Arctic Ocean. 2014 saw some complications over the issues of international Arctic cooperation due to the sanctions policies of the West and Russia, but that does not deter the countries from seeking to gain a foothold in the region. RIAC offers an array of analytical publications devoted to cooperation in the Arctic in the outgoing year.
Alexander Vylegzhanin (MGIMO), Alexander Sergunin (St Petersburg State University), Valeriy Konyshev (St Petersburg State University) andPavel Gudev (IMEMO RAS)
Rob Huebert,
Associate director of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary
Alexei Fadeyev,
Head of the Production Support Department at Gazpromneft-Sakhalin
Oleg Korneev,
Deputy Director for Geoecology and Engineering Surveys at the SevMorGeo Geological Sea Survey Company
Dmitry Tulupov,
Faculty of International Relations of St. Petersburg State University
Valery Tishkov,
Director of Miklukho-Maklay Institute for Ethnology and Anthropology at the Russian Academy of Sciences
David Benton,
US Arctic Research Commission
Henry Huntington, International Arctic The Pew Charitable Trusts, Roger Rufe, Vice Admiral, United States Coast Guard
Latin America and the Caribbean

2014 was a hectic year for many Latin American and Caribbean countries, with a series of presidential and parliamentary elections, deepening integration processes and numerous summits of regional groups and associations. Not to mention the key non-political event of the year the FIFA World Cup, which had the eyes of the world fixed on the South American continent for the best part of a month. The past year saw more active Russian policy in Latin America, as manifested not only in broader contacts and the signing of some milestone agreements, but in the visits by Vladimir Putin and Sergey Lavrov to several Latin American and Caribbean countries.
Election Year Presidential Elections in Salvador, Costa-Rica, Colombia, Brazil and Uruguay
Anna Shcherbakova,
Research associate at the Center for Political Studies, RAS Institute of Latin America
Nikolay Kalashnikov,
Deputy Director for Research at the Centre for Political Studies, RAS Institute of Latin America
Zbigniew Iwanowski,
Director of Center for Political Studies of the RAS Institute of Latin America, Professor of Global Processes Department at Lomonosov Moscow State University
Anna Shcherbakova,
Research Associate at the Center for Political Studies, RAS Institute of Latin America
Russia's Foreign Policy in Latin America
Anna Shcherbakova,
Research Associate at the Center for Political Studies, RAS Institute of Latin America
Vladimir Sudarev,
Deputy Director of the RAS Institute of Latin America
Alexei Chernyshev,
Science editor of Latin America magazine
Vladimir Davydov,
Director of the RAS Institute of Latin America
Ruben Beltran,
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of Mexico to the Russian Federation
Mexican ambassador to Russia Ruben Beltran, Gustavo Otero of Peru and Jaime Giron of Colombia
Alexander Shchetinin,
Director of the Latin American Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry
Mexican ambassador to Russia Ruben Beltran, Gustavo Otero of Peru and Juan Eduardo Eguiguren of Chile
Integration Processes in the Region
Nailya Yakovleva,
Senior Research Fellow at Political Studies Centre, Institute of Latin America, RAS
Andrey Pyatakov,
Senior Research Fellow, RAS Institute for Latin American Studies
Eduard Belyi,
Academic Secretary of RAS Institute for Latin American Studies

The World Is Rearming Itself

Everything connected to new types of weapons, military technologies and concepts was a sensation in 2014. A separate series of publications look at the military capabilities of Russia, Australia and other countries.
Ilya Kramnik,
Military columnist, The Voice of Russia
Alexander Saveliev, IMEMO RAN, James Acton, Garnegie Foundation
Ilya Kramnik,
Military columnist, The Voice of Russia
Andrey Frolov,
Editor-in-Chief of Arms Export magazine
Dmitry Streltsov,
Head of the Department of Oriental Studies of the MGIMO University
Andrey Gubin,Associate Professor, School of Regional and International Studies, Far Eastern Federal University
Prokhor Tebin,
PhD in Political Science, RIAC expert
Vassily Kashin,
Senior research fellow at the Center of Strategic Problems of Northeast Asia, SCO and BRICS, University of Far Eastern Studies
Prokhor Tebin,
PhD in Political Science, RIAC expert
Alexander Yermakov,
Military columnist, RIAC expert
Prokhor Tebin,
PhD in Political Science, RIAC expert
Alexander Yermakov,
Military columnist,RIAC expert

Prokhor Tebin,
PhD in Political Science, RIAC expert
Andrey Gubin,
Assistant Professor, International Relations Department, Far Eastern Federal University
Alexander Yermakov,
Military columnist,RIAC expert

Prokhor Tebin,
PhD in Political Science, RIAC expert
Technologies: Space, Innovations, Information Security
Maxim Kornev,
Associate professor, Mass-Media Institute, Russian State University for the Humanities
Julien Nocetti,
Research Fellow at the French Institute of International Relations
Mikhail Yakushev,
ICANN's Vice President for Stakeholder Engagement for Russia, the CIS countries and Eastern Europe
Alexander Kanapin,
Head of Computational Genomics, Department of Oncology, University of Oxford, Russia's Representative in ELIXIR Consortium
Alexander Kanapin,
Head of Computational Genomics, Department of Oncology, University of Oxford, Russia's Representative in ELIXIR Consortium
Dmitry Peskov,
Head of the "Young Professionals" project at the Agency for Strategic Initiatives
Ilya Anikin,
Deputy Director General of the management company IQ One
Humanitarian Space in 2014: From Football to the Olympic Torch to University Departments

The spectacular events that opened 2014 the grandiose feast that Russia organized for the world by staging the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics were soon eclipsed by other global developments. The German victory in Brazil this summer was, of course, a headline stealer. RIAC offers a selection of materials on sport and much more.

February
Ivan Timofeev, Timur Makhmutov: Sochi 2014: Two Trials for Russia
Andrey Pyatakov,
Senior Research Fellow, RAS Institute for Latin American Studies
Sergey Basov,
Board Member of Russian Library Association
Alexander Gabuyev,
deputy editor-in-chief of the Kommersant-Vlast magazine
Ian Clark,
Academic librarian at the University of East London
Ilya Ivanov,
Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
Timothy Edward O'Connor,
Vice Rector for Academic Affairs of the MISiS National University of Science and Technology
Igor Zhukovsky,
Pro-Rector on International Cooperation and Public Relations at Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University
Andrey Pyatakov,
Senior Research Fellow, RAS Institute for Latin American Studies
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