At the Brazil summit, the BRICS states have agreed to establish their own New Development Bank. Will BRICS prove viable to form a new center of power in global politics?

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31 july 2014

Public Library as a Social Moderator

Sergey Basov PhD in Pedagogy, Head of Methodic Department at Russian National Library, Board Member of Russian Library Association

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There have been many trials and tribulations for Russian public libraries after the breakdown of the Soviet Union, the key one in the search of identity in an environment when they no longer seem to be wanted by the state. In the USSR, libraries had been intended to serve ideological functions as beachheads of the Communist Party. As in 1993 the ideological monopoly was discarded, the return to universal values has been quite thorny.

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BRICS News on Ukrainian crisis

BRICS News on Ukrainian crisis

In the past few months Ukraine became the centre of international attention. Tragic events have taken lives of many Ukrainian citizens while the political turmoil has brought the country in a difficult position. The Russian Federation, EU and BRICS are eager to solve the crisis in a peaceful diplomatic way. Here are some recent published articles by experts, columnists and news agencies from BRICS countries, other than the Russian Federation.

31 july 2014

Crisis Management in Europe in the Context of Events in Ukraine

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A Pan-European Task Force on Cooperation in Greater Europe, including former foreign and defence ministers from the U.K., Poland, Russia, Germany, Turkey and France has expressed its concern over a possible military escalation in the crisis between Russia and the West over Ukraine and has called for crisis management lessons from the Cold War to be re-learned.

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Kazushige Kobayashi: Myth of Japanese Sanction Against Russia

Kazushige Kobayashi: Myth of Japanese Sanction Against Russia

I was quite surprised when the Japanese government announced it would join the Western-devised sanction against Russia after the reunification of Crimea. This move seemed very mysterious at glance; Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been a chief partner of President Vladimir Putin since Abe’s second administration was launched in December 2012. The prime minister has met with President Putin four times in 2013 only, and has also initiated various high-level talks with Russian ministers and presidential aides to date.

30 july 2014

Publishing in Foreign Journals through the Editors' Eyes

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Unquestionably knowledgeable in their realms, Russian scholars lag behind in competencies to have their papers published in English-language journals. Trying to make things better, RIAC asked the editors of leading academic journals to share their in-house secrets with young authors. We express our thanks to Sean Griffin of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies for assistance in preparation of this material.

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BRICS will become a new global center

BRICS will become a new global center

Chen Yu, research fellow of Institute of Russian Studies at China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR).

Political influence of BRICS is growing. In my personal opinion, BRICS will become a new global center of influence not only in economy, but also in international relations, because it reflects the direction of world development - multi-polarization. BRICS will contribute to the development and peace of whole world. And we should continue to improve and complete the institutes of BRICS and make it more effective.

29 july 2014

Why Global Internet Governance Matters

Julien Nocetti Research Fellow at the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI)

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Internet governance is now one of the most lively and important topics in international relations. The issue has long been ignored and restricted to small silos of experts. However, the leaks disclosed by Edward Snowden triggered a massive response to the historical “stewardship” of the Internet by the United States.

28 july 2014

The Results of the BRICS Summit. View from India

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The BRICS summit took place in Brazil in the middle of July 2014. Issues of interest not only to the BRICS members, but also for global development were discussed. We asked Debasish Nandy, Doctor of Political Sciences, University, Associate Professor, Kanchrapara College, and Professor Arun Mohanty, Chairperson of the Centre for Russian and Central Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University to share their impressions about the results of the BRICS summit and to express their attitude towards the creation of the New Development Bank, BRICS membership expansion and strengthening of the influence of this organization in the world.

Y20 Summit in Australia

Y20 Summit in Australia

Members of the Russian Y20 Delegation shared their views on the results of the Youth Summut in Australia.

Roman Chukov: Youth Diplomacy at Y20 Australia

Mikhail Korostikov: The Youth 20: an Essential Dialogue

28 july 2014

The Political Crisis in Afghanistan and its Implications for Russia

Ekaterina Stepanova Dr. of Politics, Head of the Group on Peace and Conflict Studies, IMEMO RAS

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The United States and NATO are withdrawing their forces from Afghanistan, leaving the country in a difficult, albeit not entirely hopeless situation. On the one hand, the armed conflict in the country rages on. Although its nature is changing, increasingly assuming the form of a confrontation between the insurgents and the Afghan armed forces and security structures, which are suffering record losses.

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