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17 october 2014

The Resolution of the Cyprus Conflict: A Catalyst for East Mediterranean Security and Cooperation

Antonia Dimou RIEAS Senior advisor based in Athens, Greece and Associate at the Centre for Strategic Studies, University of Jordan

John Nomikos Director of the Research Institute for European and American Studies based in Athens, Greece

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The resolution of the Cyprus conflict poses a major challenge given that it is at core not only of solving regional disputes but most importantly of western security strategies. These strategies are outlined in the post-Arab spring era in light of the Syrian conflict, the collapse of Turkey’s foreign policy of “zero-problems-with neighbours”, and the emergence of radical organisations like ISIS that have become powerful in the East Mediterranean.

Opinion

Credit Rating Agencies: Referees or Top Players?

Credit Rating Agencies: Referees or Top Players?

Authors: Ernesto Gallo and Giovanni Biava.

This summer sovereign rating agencies have been quite active; in particular, Moody’s has disturbed the sleep of many Europeans. On 5 August the US-based agency slashed France’s growth forecast to a modest 0.6%; few days later, it was Italy’s turn, with a cut to a depressing -0.1%, which would mark Italy’s third consecutive year of recession. Should we worry about it? What game are sovereign credit rating agencies playing? Shouldn’t they just act as impartial referees?

17 october 2014

Dmitry Peskov: Invest in Advantages

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Dmitry Peskov, Head of the “Young Professionals” project at the Agency for Strategic Initiatives, shared with RIAC Program Director Ivan Timofeev his insights on the competitiveness of the Russian economy, on the role of innovation in the development of the country, as well as on the future of Russia.

Opinion

Banning Diplomacy Should Not Even Be an Option

Banning Diplomacy Should Not Even Be an Option

Authors: Anton Tsvetov, media and government relations manager at RIAC.

With the Brisbane G20 Summit approaching, some voices in Australia are pushing PM Tony Abbott to ban Vladimir Putin from attending the meeting. Can this move bear fruit?

16 october 2014

Fretting about China's Military Modernization?

Vassily Kashin PhD in Political Science, Senior research fellow at the Center of Strategic Problems of Northeast Asia, SCO and BRICS, University of Far Eastern Studies, RAS, RIAC expert

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For a long time China's military rise had been overshadowed by its economic boom. But in recent years the country has achieved a qualitatively new level in its forces’ equipment and organization levels, with the People's Liberation Army (PLA) becoming a fully modern military entity able to wage a technologically advanced war and project force a great distance from China's borders.

15 october 2014

А.Shchetinin: Russia — Mexico. We Have to Be Much More Realistic in Our Judgments

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Speech by Alexander Shchetinin, Director of the Latin American Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, at the Roundtable “Russia and Pacific Alliance: Opportunities for Expanded Cooperation”, RIAC, September 30, 2014.

14 october 2014

“One Country, Two Systems”: the View from Taiwan

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The protests that have gripped Hong Kong have led many to start talking about a possible worsening of Beijing’s relations with other problematic regions of the PRC, in particular with Taiwan. Anna Kaimova, senior teacher in the Chinese history department at the Moscow State University Institute of Asian and African Studies, talked to the RIAC editorial staff about how the Hong Kong events are perceived in Taiwan.

Opinion

Ukraine Crisis: Ceasefire Anyone? A Memo for Europe

Ukraine Crisis: Ceasefire Anyone? A Memo for Europe

Author: Masha Mitaeva, MSc Public Policy and Administration Programme (London School of Economics and Political Science).

Three months since the beginning of the Kiev government military operation against anti-government rebels in Ukraine’s south-east, Europe appears to be acting to the detriment of its reputation as a peace and rule-of-law project, as well as its broader economic and trade interests and political goals in the region.

14 october 2014

Economic Diplomacy Boom: Will It Last Long?

Maxim Bratersky Doctor of Political Science, Professor, Head of the World Politics Department of the Higher School of Economics

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As the international crisis around Ukraine escalates, countries in the West, especially the United States, have increasingly used economic diplomacy against Russia, and threaten to expand the scale and reach of sanctions. Sanctions have also been a key mechanism by which America exerts pressure on Iran and many other countries. Why are these tools of economic coercion increasingly becoming a basis for pursuing the policy of containment and the main instrument of Western countries’ pressure?

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