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22 december 2014

Should We Be Afraid of Prompt Global Strike?

Prokhor Tebin PhD in Political Science, RIAC expert


American efforts to develop Prompt Global Strike systems have caught the attention of Russian leaders and experts for some time. Amidst deteriorating Russia-US relations, these efforts are perceived rather warily by the Russian side and often treated as a threat to the strategic stability and national security of Russia. To find out if these concerns are justified, we must look closely into the matter.


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.

19 december 2014

Peshawar: Pakistani “Beslan”

Pyotr Topychkanov PhD in History, Associate in the Carnegie Moscow Center’s Nonproliferation Program


The threat of terrorism has not diminished; it has merely changed shape in response to harsher conditions. Communication within terrorist organizations has weakened, coordination has suffered, planning has been reduced to rush-jobs and resources have become scarce. The number of attacks on the most vulnerable targets has increased. “Lone wolf” attacks has increased in recent years. Consequently, it has become more difficult for special services to uncover and predict terrorists attacks. By stepping up the violent nature of their attacks, terrorists are achieving their goal of spreading this feeling of impotence.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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