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12 september 2014

Russia and Latin America in the Context of the Ukrainian Crisis

Vladimir Sudarev Doctor of Political Science, Deputy Director of the RAS Institute of Latin America


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.

11 september 2014

Australia as a Middle Range Power: the Military-Political Dimension

Andrey Gubin PhD in Political Science, Assistant Professor, International Relations Department, Far Eastern Federal University


Australia badly requires unlimited access to the World Ocean and its resources, its national security fundamentally hinging on maritime trading. Canberra's interests stretch far beyond the South Pacific. Moreover, the regional balance of forces is changing, compelling the country to modernize its defense capabilities, as well the strategy and tactics for deployment.

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.

10 september 2014

The Economy of Greater Europe: from Squabbling to a New Balance?

Pavel Kanevskiy PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Sociology of Political Processes, Faculty of Sociology, MSU


The stage of European Union's straightforward development as a single political and cultural space appears to have ended, which is a logical result considering the series of internal crises that have made many EU members reconsider existing integration paradigms and think about new approaches. However, this is not to say that the European economic area is not expanding. On the contrary, it is vigorously evolving in different directions. These processes will serve as the grounds for the Greater Europe project, while any attempts to establish additional political institutions are unlikely to bear fruit.

09 september 2014

Refugees in Russia: Myths and Reality

Andrey Korobkov Professor at Middle Tennessee State University


Practically unknown during the Soviet period, the problem of refugees became the order of the day, both for media outlets and academics, in the 1990s. Interest subsided in the early 2000s, but the issue is definitely gaining ground with the flow of refugees on the rise. The situation is aggravated by the current status of Russian NGOs, which play a major role in assisting migrants and refugees all over the world.


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.

08 september 2014

The EU Badly Needs Gas Talks

Nikolay Kaveshnikov Political Science PhD, associate professor, head of department of European integration at MGIMO-University, leading research fellow at the RAS Institute of Europe


The key to understanding the current state of affairs in Russia-Ukraine gas relations is in the fact that Kiev is simply bankrupt. Both the Ukrainian government and Naftogaz have been slung over the barrel, primarily because low domestic prices are not bringing in enough revenue.
The sense of insecurity may as well prompt European politicians to revise their approach to the South Stream project designed to provide the EU with an alternative gas supply route.

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.

08 september 2014

Japan Fosters Solidarity with the United States and Europe against Russia

Alexander Panov Chief Research Fellow, Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation, RIAC member


In the first half of 2014 Tokyo displayed solidarity with G7 condemnation of Moscow's “annexation of the Crimea”, but refrained from adopting serious anti-Russian sanctions. The events of July-August 2014 show that this choice has been made – in favor of America. Under pressure from Washington and the influence of deep-rooted pro-American lobby in the Japanese establishment, the Japanese government toughened its stance against Russia.

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