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27 march 2015

Tunisia – Exploding History?

Nikolay Soukhov PhD in History, Researcher at the RAS Institute of Oriental Studies


The terrorist attack in Tunisia on March 18, 2015 which took the lives of 22 civilians was no accident. At the very hour of the attack, the Tunisian Justice Minister was presenting a new draft law on combating terrorism and money laundering in Parliament. The presentation ended with sounds of gunfire coming from a nearby building.

The Great Lee Forward

The Great Lee Forward

Anton Tsvetov, Media and Government Relations Manager, RIAC.

It’s OK to be jealous of Lee Kuan Yew. The late Prime Minister of Singapore was the hero of the ultimate country-sized success story. For any leader of the developing world, the title of his political testimony – From the Third World to the First – represents a headline for the biography of their dreams. Southeast Asian politicians will look up to Lee as one who was able to use a firm grip on power to make a powerhouse out of a sleepy city-state, making it a shining example of post-colonial development.

27 march 2015

Armenia En Route Towards Russia


Strategic relations between Russia and Armenia have been progressing along all tracks, within both bilateral and international organization frameworks, with considerably more attention being given to dialogue in the context of Eurasian integration. We met with President of the Russian-Armenian Commonwealth Yuri Navoyan to discuss the key areas of cooperation between the two historic partners, as well as existing and potential hurdles to progress in this area.


26 march 2015

Managing Differences on European Security in 2015


This report offers three different perspectives from various experts in the United States (Atlantic Council), Russia (Russian International Affairs Council), and Europe (European Leadership Network) on the state of the European security environment in the aftermath of the Ukraine crisis. These three perspectives reveal different perceptions of the current situation, provide different analyses of where common interests lie, and offer suggestions on how to make best use of the tools and institutional mechanisms to advance these interests

Reflections in the footsteps of Victoria Nuland’s Transcaucasia tour

Reflections in the footsteps of Victoria Nuland’s Transcaucasia tour

Author: Andrei Baikov, Editor-in-Chief of the International Trends journal

Are We Paying too much Attention to the Assistant Secretary of State?

For several days now, the Russian media has been abuzz over what one journalist dubbed the “explosive” tour of Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia taken by Victoria Nuland, whom it has referred to as assistant to the U.S. Secretary of State, but who is actually the assistant to the Under Secretary of State.

26 march 2015

Consequences of the Ukrainian Crisis for Central Asia: Shock and Awe

Irina Bolgova PhD in History, Post-Soviet Studies Center at the MGIMO University


The Ukrainian crisis, when analyzed in terms of timing and breadth, could not but exert a significant influence on the socio-political landscape of the post-Soviet space. Moreover, the crisis seems to have put an end to the concept of the “post-Soviet space,” which has long been somewhat vague and reassuring.

26 march 2015

The future of the British nuclear deterrent: more of the same?

Matthew Cottee Research Analyst, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme The International Institute for Strategic Studies


In 2016 the British government will have to decide on the future of its nuclear deterrent. Before then however, there is a national election (to be held on May, 7, 2015) to determine the composition of those decision-makers tasked with the job. While it appears likely that the deterrent will undergo modernisation, the issue is gaining more political attention and experiencing heightened scrutiny.

RIAC Digest

Trends for 2015, Economic recession, Russian gas strategy, American chairmanship in the Arctic council

With a little delay (which we can blame on winter holidays break) RIAC is back with the monthly international publications digest. Here you will find fifteen trends for 2015 from Spanish CIDOB, a number publications on the future of the European project, some reports on the negative effects of the ongoing economic recession due to the declining oil prices and crumbling Russian gas strategy in the light of the Ukrainian crisis. A note on the coming American chairmanship in the Arctic council and never-ending conflict in Sudan make a close-up to this digest.

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25 march 2015

Correcting Mistakes

Prokhor Tebin PhD in Political Science, RIAC expert


On March 13, 2015, the United States Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard released their long-awaited new joint strategy, although some American experts expected the document to be released back in summer 2014. In contrast to many previous papers, it offers no revolutionary, excessively ambitious or groundbreaking entries, but rather comes across as a thoroughly reworked forerunner with situational adjustments.

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