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20 april 2015

Opportunities for Bringing Russian and Indian Businesses Closer Together

Yury Zaytsev PhD in Economics, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Applied Economic Studies, Presidential Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration

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Russia’s BRICS presidency in 2015 encourages reflection not only on the political significance of this association, but on its economic substance and potential as well. In this respect, we need to consider the possibilities and prospects of economic integration among the association’s member countries that would be able to create a more attractive business environment. What makes the Indian market attractive for domestic Russian businesses, and what benefits can the Russian private sector gain from the convergence of the two economies?

20 april 2015

Parliamentary Elections in Finland: Expecting Foreign Policy Surprises?

Lev Voronkov Doctor of Political Science, Professor, MGIMO University

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Finland’s political landscape has not yet produced a dominant party able to form a government of its own with solid parliamentary support. Consequently, the coming arrangement will again be a coalition, although its composition may change.

RIAC Digest

EU regulation, Foreign Fighters in Ukraine, Democratic stalemate in Myanmar, Kaliningrad phenomenon, Chinese economic policy

Spring is on the start and here is another edition of RIAC monthly digest. We tried to focus our attention on major issues like migration and fighting tuberculosis but without forgetting geopolitics, economic dwellings and international cooperation. Below you will find about a dozen of publications issued by both small and large think tanks and research centers on migration, EU regulation and structure, foreign forces in the Ukrainian crisis, housing as a path to achieving sustainability, indigenous peoples’ experience in acquiring remedies, some thoughts on democratic stalemate in Myanmar, Kaliningrad phenomenon and a factsheet on Chinese economic policy.

Digest and special projects

17 april 2015

Climate Change & Social Media: Redefining ‘Realism’

Rachel Cunningham A.B. Political Science, University of Chicago, MA candidate at the University of Western Australia

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Climate change and environmental disasters are already challenging the traditional paradigms of constructivism, liberalism and realism. With respect to Dr. Istomin, Ukraine is the least of our worries. Climate action demands a new call for international cooperation and effective use of diplomacy to protect lives, global economies, environments, resources and peace.

17 april 2015

The Northern Alliance

Irina Novikova Doctor of History, Professor, Dean of Foreign Relations Department at St. Petersburg State University, RIAC Expert

Nikolay Mezhevich Doctor of Economics, Professor of Foreign Relations Department at St. Petersburg State University, RIAC Expert

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The joint initiative of the Scandinavian and Finnish defense ministers to strengthen military ties with the Baltic countries and overall regional security is a very serious matter. It would appear to be a huge mistake to regard this idea as new or innovative, as well as to link the issue to Ukraine. An additional mistake lies in adopting a facile approach to the military and political capacity of a potential alliance. And we need to forget the fact that in the Northern and Baltic countries, defense ministers play mostly a technical role in the elaboration of national security policies.

17 april 2015

Lebanon in the Crosshairs of Jihadism

Aleksey Sarabiev PhD in History, Arab and Islamic Studies Center of the RAS Institute of Oriental Studies

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A threat at a regional level, Islamic extremism is making new attempts to sweep through Lebanon – a country that continues to keep a fragile ethnic and confessional balance, albeit with varying degrees of success. Having survived the Arab Spring, Lebanese society is now being confronted with the difficult task of resisting jihadists both from the outside (the Islamic State and the al-Nusra Front) and from the inside, amidst unstable legislative and executive branches and a dire humanitarian situation caused by economic difficulties and the influx of Syrian refugees.

The Great Lee Forward

The Great Lee Forward

Anton Tsvetov, Media and Government Relations Manager, RIAC.

It’s OK to be jealous of Lee Kuan Yew. The late Prime Minister of Singapore was the hero of the ultimate country-sized success story. For any leader of the developing world, the title of his political testimony – From the Third World to the First – represents a headline for the biography of their dreams. Southeast Asian politicians will look up to Lee as one who was able to use a firm grip on power to make a powerhouse out of a sleepy city-state, making it a shining example of post-colonial development.

16 april 2015

Singapore – Top Gear

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With the recent demise of Singaporean founding father Lee Kuan Yew a lot has been said about this wondrous city-state. Economically, Singapore is one of world leaders and has been such for the last dozen of years. RIAC has asked high-ranking business representatives in the field to share their expertise. Rita Ramalho one of the managers on the Doing Business unit from the World Bank group alongside Charlotte Jiang, private sector development specialist, have shared their insight.

16 april 2015

Close Contact of the Second Level

Alexander Yermakov RIAC expert

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One of the main pieces of international news in recent days has been the cool meeting between the Russian interceptor and US reconnaissance aircraft over the Baltic. This quite ordinary episode for today’s “cold world” has been quite the focus in the domestic media. Let us try to get to the bottom of this matter, first taking a look at what happened.

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