Foreign Affairs: Analysis
18 september 2014
The Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) website has already raised the issue of naval unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The American Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) programme is worth examining in more detail, since it is the most curious and potentially promising programme in the field of “strategic” naval UAVs. The success of the X-47 demonstrator vehicle highlights the substantial controversy over the role, objectives and features of UCLASS. The future of this programme is of no little significance for Russia’s national security.
17 september 2014
South-South Cooperation is a term used to denote assistance that developing countries give to one another. Developing countries are quick to point out, however, that this kind of cooperation is qualitatively different from the traditional paradigm whereby developed countries that are members of the OECD Development Assistance Committee provide assistance to poorer nations. Denis Degteryov, Ph.D. (Economics), Head of Department of the Theory and History of International Relations at Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia and Associate Professor of World Economy at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, talks to us about South-South Cooperation.
This digest is a comeback from our summer break. A variety of topics is presented here: International monetary system, Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, US Strategic Partnerships in Asia-Pacific Region, ISIS extremist activities in the Middle East, China in the Middle East, Ukrainian crisis and arms control and a bit more.
16 september 2014
The development of the political dialogue between China and India has been impeded by the frozen border conflict that could escalate into a major clash. But we should not exaggerate the threat of military confrontation between Beijing and Delhi, since their strategic interests are so far in sync.
15 september 2014
A high-level international conference on the situation in Iraq is taking place today in France, discussing cooperation in the fight against the fundamentalist militants of the ISIS. The importance of this event can scarcely be exaggerated: it’s not just about the fate of the long-suffering country of Iraq but about the future of the Middle East as a whole. In this case, moreover, the interests of all the key regional players and the global powers fully coincide. It would seem that the meeting in France is heading for success. Nevertheless, many experts take quite a sceptical view of the chances of the conference to achieve real results, taking into consideration the experience, among other things, of the meetings in neighbouring Switzerland to discuss some severe international crises of the recent past.
Giulia Spreafico: “We are not going to die for Ukraine”. The voice of the reason and what the EU can’t see
When tension seems to have reached a dangerous pick and European diplomacy is apparently doing its best to escalate the situation, it is imperative to remember that the aggressive tones of EU political elites are not shared by public opinion, especially in Western Europe. This piece is nothing but a reflection about Ukraine through the eyes of common European citizens, their wisdom and their prejudices.
15 september 2014
August 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the Helsinki Final Act. The period remaining before this milestone offers enough time to fulfill the commitments undertaken and, looking towards the future and capitalizing on past achievements, to develop concrete strategies for the OSCE and participant States. The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly together with the Russian International Affairs Council and other think tanks have launched the “Helsinki+40” project. In the following discussion, Mr. Spencer Oliver, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Secretary General, comments on the role of the OSCE in the modern world and in the resolution of the Ukraine crisis, as well as assesses the role of parliamentary diplomacy.
The tension between Russia and the West over Ukraine has caused the Baltic Sea region to reexamine its relationship with its geopolitical neighbor, Russia. Specifically, the nations of this region have begun to evaluate the repercussions of a prolonged Ukrainian crisis and Russian actions in regard to security, economy, energy and even daily life. The RIAC has provided you with various reports from think tanks and press agencies across the region on various topics to inform our readers of the recent discussions, concerns and recommendations of the diverse Baltic Sea region.
12 september 2014
The reaction across Latin America to events in Ukraine and Crimea was expected, since most countries in the region consider the principle of territorial integrity a kind of “sacred cow.” Over two centuries this principle has become deeply rooted in both the political culture of the ruling elites and collective consciousness.
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