Foreign Affairs: Analysis

21 may 2015

Wars Humanising Wars

Ilya Ivanov Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights


World War II came to an end almost 70 years ago with around 50 to 80 million people dead, and millions more suffering from the atrocities of that conflict: genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity. That war remains to be the bloodiest and the most brutal one in the history of humankind, when the whole world witnessed the unspeakable cruelty – both in the initial aggression and the often disproportionate retaliation. International humanitarian law (IHL), already present at that time, was not enough to protect victims of war and combatants, and WWII highlighted the need to amend the existing international legal regime. Paradoxically, wars, by presenting the impetus for further development of IHL, do not bring only atrocities – they bring a faint hope that future wars would be less inhumane.

International conference "A New Partnership in a Changing World"

International conference "A New Partnership in a Changing World"

Relations between Russia and China have entered a new stage of comprehensive partnership and strategic collaboration. Russia and China attach special significance to bilateral co-operation under the conditions of an active search for the new sources of growth. On 29 May 2015, the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), in co-operation with the Institute of Far Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IFES RAS), is holding the international conference "Russia and China: A New Partnership in a Changing World". It is proposed to discuss Russia-China cooperation in bilateral, regional and global affairs.

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RIAC Digest

Twitter Jihad, Arctic Council Reform, Economic Dilemmas in the Asia Pacific, Migration in the UAE and Twitter diplomacy

In this extensive digest edition you will find a diversity of topics: from Twitter Jihad to Arctic cooperation and Arctic Council reform, economic dilemmas in the Asia Pacific to sustainable infrastructure and aquaculture, migration in the United Arab Emirates and Twitter diplomacy.

Digest and special projects

20 may 2015

U.S. Questions Russian Intentions


Stephen Kotkin, professor of Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs at Princeton comments on the current state of Russia-U.S. relations, the roots of tensions, and reasons of misunderstanding.

20 may 2015

Russia and Ukraine Battling for Historical Truth

Ekaterina Chimiris PhD in Political Science, RIAC Program Manager


Amidst the negotiation of an attempted settlement to the East Ukraine armed conflict, a new stage of information and ideological confrontation appears to be unfolding between Russia and Ukraine, this time about their past. In fact, the fabric of the history of the Kievan Rus looks very much like a blanket, with each country trying to pull all of it to its side. What we have seen so far has been sluggish but definitely intensifying jostling in the media, textbooks, movies and other cultural areas for the exclusive right to interpret the same historical facts. Why can’t these two states share a common history and why is it so important to possess a unique past?

The changing nature of Russia-Southeast Asia relations

The changing nature of Russia-Southeast Asia relations

Anton Tsvetov, Media and Government Relations Manager, RIAC.

With great economic difficulties at hand and help from the developed West unlikely, Moscow might as well start thinking of itself as an object of action on behalf of Southeast Asian countries.

19 may 2015

Horn of Africa - The High Costs of the Fight Against Piracy

Giacomo Morabito CEO & Founder Mediterranean Affairs


Will Libya become another Somalia? According to Italian Interior Ministry, the Islamic State has already taken control of ports and maritime assets in key Libyan territories, prompting real concerns that such actions could lead to a boom in piracy and maritime crime. Imitating pirates around the Horn of Africa, the Islamic State could launch its own piracy operations in the Mediterranean.

19 may 2015

Why Should We Talk About the National Interest?


We talked to Fyodor Lukyanov, editor-in-chief of Russia in Global Affairs magazine, member of RIAC Presidium about the new project “National Interest” which focuses on the topic of national interests and external policy analyzed through the social prism, i.e. citizens’ demands, needs and perceptions.


The Bear in Byzantine – Is Russia Behind Turkey’s Reluctance to Intervene in Syria & Iraq?

The Bear in Byzantine – Is Russia Behind Turkey’s Reluctance to Intervene in Syria & Iraq?

Author: Jim Warren, International Political/Contingency/Evacuation Specialist, Freelance Researcher

How many times over the last year have we seen news reports on our television screens of the heavy fighting raging along the Turkish/Syrian border as Kurdish forces battled Islamic State (IS) fighters? These reports were usually accompanied by pictures of long lines of static Turkish tanks stretching out on their side of the border like silent brooding sentinels, threatening but inactive. What stopped them from intervening and eradicating the IS threat in the region once and for all?

19 may 2015

GCC’s Diplomatic Snub of Obama’s Camp David

Yuri Barmin Analyst on Russia and its Middle East policy, MPhil International Relations, University of Cambridge


The Camp David summit between Barack Obama and GCC states that took place on May 13-14 bears an enormous symbolic meaning for Washington as it echoes US Middle East peacemaking efforts under Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. This time, however, the summit’s goal was to reconcile the US with its long-time partners in the region, the Gulf Cooperation Council.

18 may 2015

For the Sake of Peace — the Vatican and Palestine

Alexander Krylov Doctor of History, Professor, Chief Research Associate at the Institute for International Studies (IIS) of Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO)


On 13 May 2015, the Vatican issued an official statement recognizing the territories controlled by the Palestinian National Authority as an independent state. The Holy See thus joined the 135 countries that have recognized the Palestinians’ right for an independent state.

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