Foreign Affairs: Analysis
06 july 2015
Russia and the West have been dwelling upon the extremely difficult and delicate Ukrainian issue for over a year now. And no one knows for how long this matter will determine the Russia-West relations. Mass media are overwhelmed with various suggestions and prognosis for the future. Germany has for long been one of the closest Russian partners in the EU. Now Berlin and Moscow are experiencing one of the coldest periods of their friendship. RIAC has asked one of the German prominent experts, Andreas Metz, Director of Communications in the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations, to share his views on Russia-Ukraine-EU knot and to draw some parallels between Russia and Iran under sanctions.
06 july 2015
This year one of the leading American think tanks EastWest Institute celebrates 35 years of its existence. Alongside the grand date EWI is welcoming new CEO, former US Ambassador Cameron Munter. Given his extensive diplomatic career in Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, India and Pakistan, Cameron Munter is hoping to bring a new vision of diplomacy which is not limited to traditional state-to-state concept to EWI. RIAC has asked Ambassador Munter to share his expert opinion on changing nature of diplomacy, Russia-US relations and give insight on the future plans as the new CEO in these turbulent political times.
Greece’s relations with the European Union are a game of chicken, or brinkmanship as it is referred to in the international relations, where both Greece and the European Union know they cannot live without the other but are increasingly uncertain as to whether they want to.
Author: Dimitrios Triantaphyllou, Director, Center for International and European Studies Kadir Has University, Istanbul.
03 july 2015
Amid the vast ocean of Islamist radicalism, the particular focus given to Islamic State (IS) is merited by its role as the main center of gravity in the transformation of transnational violent jihadism today. Before exploring how this phenomenon is linked to and affects Russia in and beyond the North Caucasus and in the broader Eurasian context, and before examining the character, scale and the contextual limits of such links, it makes sense reflect on IS itself and the plethora of views and interpretations of this movement.
This series of digest is devoted to an extremely controversial military-political issue, the one that was formerly ushered into the world in the late 1960s and then has evolved into a complex phenomenon now generally known as Private Military and Security Companies. The comprehensive description of PMSCs' activities, the regulatory mechanisms and legally binding documents elaborated, recent numbers indicating involvement of contractors into U.S. operations Iraq and Afghanistan, the UN-private military sector cooperation directions, challenges posed and opportunities foreseen are covered below.
02 july 2015
The International Criminal Court is the most important institute of contemporary international criminal law. For the first time in history, the international community managed to create a permanent universal court for the most serious crimes. However, 71 member-states of the United Nations, including the United States, Russia and China, still have not acceded to the Court. In the U.S., there has been a substantial academic and policy debate about the utility of ratifying the Rome Statute, Russia hedged off the Court in silence. Therefore, it is important to investigate the reasons why Russia has not ratified the Statute, and give a policy recommendation whether it should or not.
Anton Tsvetov, Media and Government Relations Manager at RIAC. .
Moscow’s global ambitions will inevitably lead it to the South China Sea, but that could force Russia to choose between partners such as China and Vietnam.
01 july 2015
The situation around the South China Sea is developing rapidly. However, asserting unambiguously that territorial disputes between China and the ASEAN countries combined with the regional rivalry between Beijing and Washington are bound to lead to military confrontation is too far-fetched. Despite growing U.S. military and political presence, countries in South-East Asia tend to favor enhanced economic cooperation with China. The overall superiority of the United States notwithstanding, U.S. leadership is reluctant to take extreme action. Amidst these developments, the region’s future seems fraught with strategic uncertainties.
Author: Kazushige Kobayashi, PhD student in International Relations at the Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Switzerland
Russia’s deepening cooperation with China needs to be an inclusive process embedded in the wider framework of Eurasian regional cooperation. Particularly since the onset of the Ukrainian crisis, Russian-Chinese cooperation has risen to a historic level. Not only have Russia and China signed a mega-energy deal, but bilateral exchanges in political, economic, cultural, educational, and humanitarian domains have also shown a significant increase. While European powers chose to stay in the “cozy Western boardroom”, for the first time Chinese soldiers participated in the grand parade on 9 May, enshrining a new era for Russian-Chinese partnership.
30 june 2015
The Eastern Partnership policy that triggered the Ukrainian crisis has provided ample opportunity to reflect on Russia–EU relations, alongside with evaluating cooperation between Russia and the Visegrad Group countries (also called the Visegrad Four or V4). The Visegrad Four have taken on responsibility for the eastward enlargement of the European Union having become its members.
29 june 2015
Trust is the capital the organization still possesses against all odds. It is the necessary resource which enables the OSCE to marry conflicting interests and which the organization has to mediate between.
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