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22 august 2014

UNASUR: a Pragmatic Dream of Creating a United South America

Andrey Pyatakov PhD (Political Science), Senior Research Fellow, RAS Institute for Latin American Studies


By the middle of the second decade of the 21st century Latin America had experienced an integration boom. Four major integration associations were formed in a relatively short time, between 2004 and 2011: ALBA (the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America) and UNASUR in 2004, and the Pacific Alliance and CELAC in 2011. It was UNASUR that began to open the way for continental unity in this integration marathon. The bloc’s ambitious launch and the far-reaching plans of its early years turned into something of an integration slump and loss of dynamism, overcoming which is its historic challenge.

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.

21 august 2014

Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Habitual Challenges and New Opportunities


We met with Vitaly Vorobyov, SCO Advisor and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, to discuss the potential of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in resolving problems of regional security, its role in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of ISAF, the Silk Way project initiated by China, Russia's future SCO presidency and many other issues.


Dmitri Trenin: China’s Victory in Ukraine

Dmitri Trenin: China’s Victory in Ukraine

For a generation, relations between the United States and Russia were essentially about history. Since the Cold War’s end, Russia had become increasingly peripheral to the US and much of the rest of the world, its international importance and power seemingly consigned to the past. That era has now ended.

21 august 2014

Open Borders Are Russia's Birthright

Andrei Kortunov Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council, President of the New Eurasia Foundation


The Ukrainian crisis and economic sanctions from the West have instigated discussions of Russia's "self-sufficiency," about the benefits of "depending on one's own strength," the danger of foreign influence, etc. At the same time, references are usually made to our country's history, its unique experience, traditions and culture, which can be preserved only through carefully controlling communication with the rest of the world.

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20 august 2014

Wither India-China Relations?

Nandan Unnikrishnan Senior Fellow and Vice President at the Observer Research Foundation

Uma Purushothaman Associate Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation


The installation of a new government in New Delhi in May 2014 inevitably set off speculations about how this event would impact India-China relations. The meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the BRICS summit at Fortaleza in July 2014 was marked by a positive atmosphere and raised expectations of a breakthrough in bilateral ties.

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Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Iran, ISIL, BRICS Bank

In this digest you will find a review of recent publications on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, nuclear negotiations with Iran, the occupation of Iraqi territories by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, and the creation of the BRICS Bank.


19 august 2014

The Road to Hell Is Paved with Good Intentions

Ilya Ivanov RIAC Program Assistant, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights


Humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence are the four basic principles of aid, on which many humanitarian organisations base their work. The question of the principle of humanity rarely arises: otherwise, the very idea of providing assistance to those in need would lose all meaning. This cannot be said, however, of the other three principles, which are increasingly put in doubt – by those who provide the aid, those to whom it is given, and those who monitor everything that happens. The politicisation of aid today is one of the most serious issues encountered by everyone involved in the humanitarian sphere, but how to deal with this issue is not as obvious as many would like it to be.

18 august 2014

How to Overcome the Fresh Water Crisis in the Gulf

Irina Ahmed Zain Aidrous Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia


The population of the Arabian monarchies is expected to reach 59 million by 2025 and 72 million by 2050. As a result, water seems to be becoming even more important as a strategic resource than hydrocarbons. One ton of fresh water is already more expensive than a ton of oil in this water-scarce environment, meaning that water security is a key prerequisite for the region’s future development.

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