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22 september 2014

The Helsinki Final Act: Is there life after 40?

Javier Rupérez Ambassador, President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (1996-1998)


The Helsinki Final Act does not enjoy now the limelight in the public interest it used to attract in the seventies and the eighties. Some circles even think the usefulness of the document and its offsprings has come to an end. A perfunctory look at the realities of 21st century Europe, as shown from daily events and news, should suffice to support the opposite view. After all, the Helsinki Final Act from its very beginning states the common objective of “promoting better relations among themselves, [the Participating States], and ensuring conditions in which their people can live in true and lasting peace free from any threat to or attempt against their security”.

19 september 2014

Is It A New War Against Terrorism?


The recent extremist uprisings in the Middle East are one of the most alarming international news of this year. International community seems to fail with generating new efficient ideas how to deal with this ordeal. The IS is spreading steadily its influence and is gaining support among people. Countries at stake: fragile Iraq and turbulent Syria. Is the USA again at war with terrorist? RIAC has gathered opinions from renowned foreign experts.

RIAC Digest

International monetary system, Trans-Pacific partnership, ISIS, Ukrainian crisis

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.

19 september 2014

Kashmir: A Volcano That’s About to Erupt?

Vyacheslav Belokrenitskiy Doctor of History, Deputy Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences


The meeting between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan that was scheduled for 25 August 2014 in Islamabad has been postponed at the request of New Delhi because of the situation around Kashmir. So far there is no new date for the consultations. The Kashmir problem may become aggravated again under the influence of the changes taking place in India in connection with the change of government, and for other reasons. The new Indian cabinet’s policy, as well as that of Pakistan’s ruling circles, might push events in a positive direction, but the forces that have an interest in “rocking the boat” are maintaining their stance. Either way, the influence of global players, especially the USA and Europe, is most likely to wane.

18 september 2014

The US Navy’s Angry Birds

Prokhor Tebin PhD in Political Science, RIAC expert


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.


Giulia Spreafico: “We are not going to die for Ukraine”. The voice of the reason and what the EU can’t see

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.

17 september 2014

South-South Cooperation: Stronger Together


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.

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RIAC Digest

The Baltic Sea region reacts to Russia

The Baltic Sea region reacts to Russia

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.

16 september 2014

India and China: an Explosive Peace or a Cold War?

Vasily Shikin MA student, MGIMO-University


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.

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