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The unusual side of international relations

In August 2015 RIAC website published an expert discussion on the role of nuclear weapons in world politics. NTI experts Robert Berls and Leon Ratz shared a report based on a survey conducted among international group of experts. The overall results of the survey show the growing level of nuclear threat in the Euro-Atlantic region. We would like to suggest that RIAC readers evaluate the risk of nuclear conflict.

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Foreign Affairs: Analysis

03 september 2015

Military Aviation 100 Years from Now

Vassily Lata Doctor of War Science, Professor, Academician of the Russian Academy of War Sciences


Military aviation, unlike conventional arms — one of the oldest means of destroying an enemy’s bases, weaponry, military equipment and manpower — is a relatively new method of warfare. It was developed in the early 20th century, reaching its peak in the period from the 1950s to the 1990s. The evolution of military aviation these days consists mainly of updating existing fleets. We are unlikely to see any breakthrough technologies in this field in the next 50 to 60 years.

After the Iran deal, a new Great Game

After the Iran deal, a new Great Game

The so-called Iran ‘nuclear deal’ has been greeted with relief and satisfaction, but who will benefit more from it? How will power relations in the Middle East (and Eurasia as a whole, given Iran’s central location) change?

Authors: Ernesto Gallo, Giovanni Biava

02 september 2015

Survival of the Fittest: Can Communists Lead Vietnam to Success?

Anton Tsvetov Media and Government Relations Manager at the Russian International Affairs Council


70 years after seizing power in Vietnam the Communist Party demonstrates remarkable adaptability. But can it keep up with social change? Today the Vietnamese leadership finds itself before a whole new set of challenges - and perhaps it is time to change again.

01 september 2015

In the Impact Zone

Prokhor Tebin PhD in Political Science, RIAC expert


Surface ships, primarily cruisers and destroyers, are the “work horses” of the U.S. Navy and in many ways the foundation of its combat stability. But it would not be an exaggeration to say that they receive less attention from the media, the expert community, the military establishment and the United States Congress than their more successful colleagues, maritime pilots and submariners.

EEU as a New Economic Reality: Opportunities for Business and State Participants

EEU as a New Economic Reality: Opportunities for Business and State Participants

As part of the EEU, Kyrgyzstan has set itself a number of goals: to ensure sustainable development, modernise the economy and close the gap in terms of development with other EEU countries. It should be noted that Kyrgyzstan is well behind the other EEU member states and is playing catch-up.

Author: Nursultan Karabayev

01 september 2015

Iran + Russia = Reset?


Soon after breaking free from the shackles of economic sanctions in July, Tehran proposed a Free Trade Area (FTA) with the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), a recent brainchild of Russian foreign policy. We met with Alexander Knyazev, Senior Research Fellow at the RAS Institute for Oriental Studies, to discuss how Moscow can combine cooperation with Iran with its Eurasian integration efforts.

RIAC Digest

Cyberthreats and Cybertrends

In our overly interconnected world Internet is the main source of connectivity and information. This issue of RIAC digest will feature various publications on cyber threats, mobile Internet evolution, higher education vs cyber security threats and different comprehensive reports on Internet intelligence and cyber changes with a good deal of statistics within.

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31 august 2015

Iran — a Stumbling Block for Russia and the Gulf Countries?

Elena Melkumyan Doctor of Political Science, Expert at the Institute of Oriental studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, and a Professor in the Department of Oriental Studies in the Russian State University for Humanities

Andrei Derbenev PhD in Political Science, Andrew Derbenev is a Researcher at the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, and an Associate Professor in Moscow State Pedagogical University

Omar Mahmood Research Analyst at the Bahrain Center for Strategic, International and Energy Studies (Derasat)


In May 2015, the Russian government removed political and legal barriers to the sale of the S-300 missile system to Iran, paving the way for a commercial agreement and subsequent delivery. Russian and GCC commentators are well-acquainted with the Iranian and Western views regarding this decision. However, Russian and GCC commentators are comparatively uninformed about each other’s perspectives regarding this key development due to the nascent nature of relations between the two. This report aims to remedy this communication lacuna.

31 august 2015

Protests in Ecuador: a New Challenge for Rafael Correa

Alexander Shinkarenko PhD in Political Science, Research Fellow at the Center for Political Studies, RAS Institute of Latin America


Mass protests which began on August 13, 2015 against the policies of President Rafael Correa swept across different regions of Ecuador. Those who disagree with the current government took to the streets of the country’s cities and towns enraged with the government’s attempts to change the Constitution. The enactment of amendments would grant the incumbent leader the authority to run for the presidency for the fourth time in 2017.


28 august 2015

Ru.Wikipedia — How Hard Is It to Exist in the New Russia?


In the wake of Roskomnadzor’s announcement that Russian Wikipedia may be shut down, the editors of the RIAC webpage have asked the executive director of Wikimedia Russia to share his ideas on the situation. In the interview below, Stanislav Kozlovsky describes the structure of Wikipedia, the copyright aspect and how the Russian Law on Foreign Agents has influenced

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