Foreign Affairs: Analysis
30 july 2014
Unquestionably knowledgeable in their realms, Russian scholars lag behind in competencies to have their papers published in English-language journals. Trying to make things better, RIAC asked the editors of leading academic journals to share their in-house secrets with young authors. We express our thanks to Sean Griffin of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies for assistance in preparation of this material.
In the past few months Ukraine became the centre of international attention. Tragic events have taken lives of many Ukrainian citizens while the political turmoil has brought the country in a difficult position. The Russian Federation, EU and BRICS are eager to solve the crisis in a peaceful diplomatic way. Here are some recent published articles by experts, columnists and news agencies from BRICS countries, other than the Russian Federation.
29 july 2014
Internet governance is now one of the most lively and important topics in international relations. The issue has long been ignored and restricted to small silos of experts. However, the leaks disclosed by Edward Snowden triggered a massive response to the historical “stewardship” of the Internet by the United States.
I was quite surprised when the Japanese government announced it would join the Western-devised sanction against Russia after the reunification of Crimea. This move seemed very mysterious at glance; Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been a chief partner of President Vladimir Putin since Abe’s second administration was launched in December 2012. The prime minister has met with President Putin four times in 2013 only, and has also initiated various high-level talks with Russian ministers and presidential aides to date.
28 july 2014
The BRICS summit took place in Brazil in the middle of July 2014. Issues of interest not only to the BRICS members, but also for global development were discussed. We asked Debasish Nandy, Doctor of Political Sciences, University, associate professor of Indian Kanchrapara University, and Professor Arun Mohanty, Chairperson of the Centre for Russian and Central Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University to share their impressions about the results of the BRICS summit and to express their attitude towards the creation of the New Development Bank, BRICS membership expansion and strengthening of the influence of this organization in the world.
Chen Yu, research fellow of Institute of Russian Studies at China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR).
Political influence of BRICS is growing. In my personal opinion, BRICS will become a new global center of influence not only in economy, but also in international relations, because it reflects the direction of world development - multi-polarization. BRICS will contribute to the development and peace of whole world. And we should continue to improve and complete the institutes of BRICS and make it more effective.
28 july 2014
The United States and NATO are withdrawing their forces from Afghanistan, leaving the country in a difficult, albeit not entirely hopeless situation. On the one hand, the armed conflict in the country rages on. Although its nature is changing, increasingly assuming the form of a confrontation between the insurgents and the Afghan armed forces and security structures, which are suffering record losses.
25 july 2014
On June 28, 1914, the world was shattered by a shot that took the life of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and unleashed World War One. However, the assassination only provided a pretext for the future warring parties to take military action, while the roots of the lasting conflict can be found in the fundamental conflicts between the great powers. On the eve of the centennial of WWI, we spoke with military historian Sergey Chernyavsky, Director of the Russian State Navy Archive, who shared his views on German revanchism in the period between the two world wars, one of the main causes for the long war that followed.
24 july 2014
Historically, the marine forces have always been politically more essential vis-à-vis other services, approaching in significance to strategic nuclear forces that have emerged only in the modern times. Hence, rearmament and reorganization of the navy is a concern for all major powers including Russia. As for naval aviation, a key navy component, its development may describe military plans of a state in much greater detail than any other process.
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