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02 october 2015

Russia — Egypt: High Expectations

Vladislav Senkovich Expert of the International Economic Cooperation Department of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry


Russia is working hard to bolster its diplomatic, economic and military clout in the Arab world along several tracks, among them through Egypt, a regional leader that has been declared by President Vladimir Putin as "a very promising country". For its part, Cairo is doing its best to expand cooperation with Moscow along political, military-technical, energy, trade, investment and other dimensions. At the same time, the Egyptian market remains highly risky, requiring a balanced analysis of opportunities for Russian-Egyptian cooperation that is offered in this article.

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Climate Rocky Road to Paris

Climate is one of the hot picks of international agenda 2015. We are steadily moving towards grand UN conference on climate which will take place in Paris this December. This conference is set to work out a new comprehensive agreement on climate change which has to replace the outdated and worn out Kyoto protocol. Climate change is one of the hardest areas for the international players to reach an effective agreement which will satisfy all parties concerned. In this digest RIAC has gathered together publications which will explain why it is so important that Paris conference does not fail and why the issue of climate change does not bring countries together but divides them even more apart.

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01 october 2015

Migration – A Challenge of Time


Leading figures in migration research shared their expert opinions on the subject and the prospects for its development: Mathias Czaika, Senior Research Officer at the International Migration Institute, Oxford University; Marta Jaroszewicz, Senior Fellow at the Centre for Eastern Studies in Poland; Saodat Olimova, Director of the SHARQ Research Centre in Dushanbe, Tajikistan; and Patrick Taran, President of Global Migration Policy Associates.

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The United Nations

The United Nations

The 70th Anniversary Session of the #UN General Assembly officially started on September, 15, 2015 in New York. RIAC editing team has prepared a topical longread which focuses on the issue of the UN reform alongside outlining UN main players' legacy and future agenda..

30 september 2015

The Druze State: Another Consequence of the Middle East Crisis

Sergey Balmasov Senior Analyst of the Centre for Crisis Society Studies, Expert of the Middle East Institute, RIAC


Jihadist attacks against the Syrian Druze in June 2015 marked the beginning of a new stage of the Middle East crisis. They prompted the involvement of Israel and Lebanon in the Syrian conflict and revealed a tendency of establishing new states in the region on the ethnic and religious basis.

International conference "Russia and Turkey: Forging Multidimensional Partnership"

International conference "Russia and Turkey: Forging Multidimensional Partnership"

In 2015, Russia and Republic of Turkey celebrate the 95th anniversary of diplomatic relations. Relations between the two countries have transformed into a multidimensional partnership, while their cooperation in the energy field has become strategic.
On October 15, 2015, the Russian International Affairs Council in collaboration with the Center for Strategic Research of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey and with the support of Renaissance Holding and CREON Energy, will host the International Conference titled "Russia and Turkey: Forging Multidimensional Partnership. 95th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations". The discussion will focus on the political, economic, academic, and cultural foundations of bilateral relations, as well as on the ways for their future development.

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30 september 2015

Germany Opens its Doors to Refugees, but only Syrians are Welcome

Bruno S. Sergi Professor of International Economics at the University of Messina (Italy) and Center Associate of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies (Harvard University, U.S.)

Giacomo Morabito CEO & Founder Mediterranean Affairs, Ph.D. student in Economics at the University of Messina (Italy)


The German choice to welcome Syrian refugees raises several questions. According to Eurostat, in 2014 most of the asylum burden lay on Germany, Sweden, Italy, France and Hungary; according to FRONTEX, in the period 2010-2014 the majority of migrants heading to EU countries came from Syria, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Eritrea and Serbia. In light of these data, why did Germany decide to open the doors only to Syrian refugees?

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TTIP…free trade or US domination?

TTIP…free trade or US domination?

In the general silence of the media, the EU and the USA are negotiating a key free trade agreement, the TTIP. What is it exactly? That’s the main problem. We do not know much about it and, especially as EU citizens; we would like to know more. The EU often boasts about transparency, but here there seems to be little of it.

Authors: Ernesto Gallo, Giovanni Biava

30 september 2015

International Coalition against ISIS – Can Common Evil Unite Us?

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


This September, President Vladimir Putin has, on several occasions including during the Collective Security Treaty Organization summit, voiced Russia's readiness to act against the ISIS as part of a broad coalition incorporating countries in the West and the Middle East. This prompts some questions. What does a broad coalition mean in this context? Does Russia intend to join the U.S.-led alliance? In fact, it is theater shared by two parallel coalitions, i.e. the United States and Europe on the one side, and Russia, Iran and Syria on the other.

30 september 2015

Parliamentary Elections in Catalonia: The Defeat and Victory of Separatism

Sergei Khenkin Doctor of History, Professor of the Comparative Political Studies Department of the MGIMO University


The parliamentary elections held on September 27 were arguably the most important in Catalonia’s history. The separatists managed to make the elections feel like a referendum. Essentially, the Catalan people were answering the question of whether they wanted to have their own state or remain part of Spain. The separatists got the absolute majority of deputy seats which is, however, not enough to push the secession plan forward. In order to do this separatists have to get the unanimous agreement from the majority of the parliamentarians.

30 september 2015

Russian Foreign Policy through the Eyes of a Sophisticated Critic

Igor Istomin PhD in Political Science, Senior Lecturer, Department of Applied International Analysis, MGIMO University


The new book by prominent scholar Bobo Lo is a trenchant, hard-hitting study of Moscow’s foreign policy, with numerous distortions and obvious bias. As such, the work is unlikely to promote an adequate and balanced perception of Russian strategy in the West. Even so, it offers the Russian reader a chance to assess, without illusions and undue optimism, the country’s place on the world stage, as well as its vulnerabilities and prospects for the future. Such a critical view is the best antidote to dangerous complacency and conformism and is needed considering the growing tensions along Russian borders.

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