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19 december 2014

Countering the Shaitans

Ikram Sehgal Vice Chairman - Foreign Relations, Karachi Council on Foreign Relations


At last count the carnage in Peshawar that took place on December 16th 2014 resulted in the deaths of nine teachers and 132 children, a total of 141 and still counting. The incongruous thing is that the word “Talibaan” means “students”. How can those who kill our schoolchildren be called Talibaan? They should be called devils (Shaitans). The perverted ideology of such animals has nothing to do with Islam and those who massacred our innocents cannot claim to be Muslims.


Oil Price Crisis: a Solution in Frankfurt?

Oil Price Crisis: a Solution in Frankfurt?

Authors: Ernesto Gallo, Giovanni Biava

Oil prices are falling, and are now into the region of 65-70 dollars per barrel. It is difficult to predict whether the prices will stabilise or further drop, yet this decline, coupled with the fall of the rouble exchange rate, is jeopardising Russia’s economic growth and stability. What international solutions can be found – in the medium and long term? We claim that one could be a bigger stock market, and an answer could be found in Frankfurt.

18 december 2014

European Council Summit: Waiting or New Sanctions?


The annual end-of-year summit for the EU heads of government will take place in Brussels on December 18–19, 2014. Unlike the summits of previous years, which Russia has always seen as a purely bureaucratic event for discussing specific EU-related problems and plans for expansion, European leaders will not be able to sidestep the issue of the Ukrainian crisis and Europe’s strained relations with Moscow. The events of the past few days have shown that concessions on both sides are possible. The question is: how strong is the desire on the part of Russia and the European Union to restore dialogue on an equal footing? Doctor of Political Sciences, Head of the European Integration Research Department at the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Europe and Russian International Affairs Council expert Olga Potemkina offers her thoughts on the situation.

18 december 2014

Brazil: Hard-won Victory and Challenges for Dilma Rousseff

Zbigniew Iwanowski Doctor of Political Science, Director of Center for Political Studies of the RAS Institute of Latin America, Professor of Global Processes Department at Lomonosov Moscow State University, RIAC expert


The general election became the main event of 2014 in Brazil. President Dilma Rousseff won a second term in Brazil’s presidential election, but she faces many challenges and problems that were not resolved during her first term. The altered balance of forces will inevitably force the head of state to make adjustments to an established model of development while maintaining continuity in domestic and foreign policy.

17 december 2014

Internet Technologies and Business: A Strategy for Joint Development?


Internet-based technologies are an integral part of the successful development of any business startup. Which sectors are leaders in using Internet technologies? What role does the government play in this area? Is the international community paying sufficient attention to this issue? Mikhail Yakushev, ICANN's Vice President for Stakeholder Engagement for Russia, the CIS countries and Eastern Europe, member of the Coordination Center Council, Deputy Chairman of the Council of Europe Working Group on Cross-border Internet, shares his insights on the situation.

16 december 2014

Iran’s Regional Policy: A Fresh Start?

Sergey Demidenko PhD in History, expert at the Institute of Strategic Estimates and Analysis, Assistant Professor at the Higher School of Economics, RIAC expert


The time seems to have come to note that, after several years of emasculation, Iran has begun to progressively strengthen its regional stance thanks to the nuclear deal reached with the six-nations negotiating group (five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) on November 24, 2013, and the broader changes in regional politics due to the rise of Islamism. By softening its until-recently rigid approach to the nuclear issue, Tehran has alleviated the international embargo, improving its domestic economy and expanding its financial ability to sustain its regional interests.

RIAC Digest

APEC summit, G20, Ukrainian crisis, Berlin wall, Kosovo, Cybersecurity, Globalization, Global Oulook for 2015

November 2014 has been full on international events. First, the world, especially European part of it, celebrated 25th anniversary of the fall of Berlin wall. Then world leaders met on several occasions: during the APEC summit, then shared coffee in sunny Brisbane in Australia on G20. The headlines are still bursting with interpretations and speculations on what has been achieved and what opportunities have been thrown away. This digest features some essays and opinions on these recent events. And not only. Find here: APEC, G20 economies and green management, Ukrainian crisis, the fall of the Berlin wall, Kosovar stalemate, building cyber confidence, new perception of globalization, a new wave of emerging countries and Global Outlook for 2015.

16 december 2014

Transnistria in the Shadow of the Ukraine Crisis

Pavel Kandel Ph.D., Head of Department, RAS Institute of Europe


In light of the events in Ukraine, the situation in Transnistria (the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic) may seem rosy. Although this takes nothing away from its drama. The most serious challenges arise due to two factors: the signing of an Association Agreement between Moldova and the European Union; and the policy of the new regime in Kiev, for which the pro-Russian enclave in Transnistria is as much of a thorn in its side as the breakaway Donbas region.

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