Foreign Affairs: Analysis

22 may 2015

India and Mongolia – a partnership to rise

Tridivesh Singh Maini Senior Research Associate with The Jindal Schoolof International Affairs, Sonepat

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given high priority to foreign policy over the past 12 months. Even those crititcally tuned to Minister Modi as a politician acknowledge he has made a relatively smooth transition from the position of Chief Minister to Prime Minister. Some say that his performance in the domain of foreign policy has exceeded his achievements in the domestic sphere. Apart from his focus on building economic ties and the usage of soft power, Modi makes a special emphasis on certain countries which are strategically important but have not been accorded the sort of priority they deserve, especially in terms of high political visits.

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International conference "A New Partnership in a Changing World"

International conference "A New Partnership in a Changing World"

Relations between Russia and China have entered a new stage of comprehensive partnership and strategic collaboration. Russia and China attach special significance to bilateral co-operation under the conditions of an active search for the new sources of growth. On 29 May 2015, the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), in co-operation with the Institute of Far Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IFES RAS), is holding the international conference "Russia and China: A New Partnership in a Changing World". It is proposed to discuss Russia-China cooperation in bilateral, regional and global affairs.

Conference page: russiancouncil.ru/en/rucn2015

RIAC Digest

Twitter Jihad, Arctic Council Reform, Economic Dilemmas in the Asia Pacific, Migration in the UAE and Twitter diplomacy

In this extensive digest edition you will find a diversity of topics: from Twitter Jihad to Arctic cooperation and Arctic Council reform, economic dilemmas in the Asia Pacific to sustainable infrastructure and aquaculture, migration in the United Arab Emirates and Twitter diplomacy.

Digest and special projects

22 may 2015

Africa in World War II: The Path to Liberation

Olga Kulkova Ph.D. and Senior Researcher at the Africa Institute, RAS

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Africa was affected by both world wars. The African continent, which seemed so far away from the European political conflicts, was compelled to take a very active role in both wars. However, the contribution made by Africans to the victory over fascism remains largely underappreciated.

21 may 2015

Wars Humanising Wars

Ilya Ivanov Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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World War II came to an end almost 70 years ago with around 50 to 80 million people dead, and millions more suffering from the atrocities of that conflict: genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity. That war remains to be the bloodiest and the most brutal one in the history of humankind, when the whole world witnessed the unspeakable cruelty – both in the initial aggression and the often disproportionate retaliation. International humanitarian law (IHL), already present at that time, was not enough to protect victims of war and combatants, and WWII highlighted the need to amend the existing international legal regime. Paradoxically, wars, by presenting the impetus for further development of IHL, do not bring only atrocities – they bring a faint hope that future wars would be less inhumane.

The changing nature of Russia-Southeast Asia relations

The changing nature of Russia-Southeast Asia relations

Anton Tsvetov, Media and Government Relations Manager, RIAC.

With great economic difficulties at hand and help from the developed West unlikely, Moscow might as well start thinking of itself as an object of action on behalf of Southeast Asian countries.

20 may 2015

U.S. Questions Russian Intentions

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Stephen Kotkin, professor of Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs at Princeton comments on the current state of Russia-U.S. relations, the roots of tensions, and reasons of misunderstanding.

20 may 2015

Russia and Ukraine Battling for Historical Truth

Ekaterina Chimiris PhD in Political Science, RIAC Program Manager

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Amidst the negotiation of an attempted settlement to the East Ukraine armed conflict, a new stage of information and ideological confrontation appears to be unfolding between Russia and Ukraine, this time about their past. In fact, the fabric of the history of the Kievan Rus looks very much like a blanket, with each country trying to pull all of it to its side. What we have seen so far has been sluggish but definitely intensifying jostling in the media, textbooks, movies and other cultural areas for the exclusive right to interpret the same historical facts. Why can’t these two states share a common history and why is it so important to possess a unique past?

Opinion

The Bear in Byzantine – Is Russia Behind Turkey’s Reluctance to Intervene in Syria & Iraq?

The Bear in Byzantine – Is Russia Behind Turkey’s Reluctance to Intervene in Syria & Iraq?

Author: Jim Warren, International Political/Contingency/Evacuation Specialist, Freelance Researcher

How many times over the last year have we seen news reports on our television screens of the heavy fighting raging along the Turkish/Syrian border as Kurdish forces battled Islamic State (IS) fighters? These reports were usually accompanied by pictures of long lines of static Turkish tanks stretching out on their side of the border like silent brooding sentinels, threatening but inactive. What stopped them from intervening and eradicating the IS threat in the region once and for all?

19 may 2015

Horn of Africa - The High Costs of the Fight Against Piracy

Giacomo Morabito CEO & Founder Mediterranean Affairs

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Will Libya become another Somalia? According to Italian Interior Ministry, the Islamic State has already taken control of ports and maritime assets in key Libyan territories, prompting real concerns that such actions could lead to a boom in piracy and maritime crime. Imitating pirates around the Horn of Africa, the Islamic State could launch its own piracy operations in the Mediterranean.

19 may 2015

Why Should We Talk About the National Interest?

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We talked to Fyodor Lukyanov, editor-in-chief of Russia in Global Affairs magazine, member of RIAC Presidium about the new project “National Interest” which focuses on the topic of national interests and external policy analyzed through the social prism, i.e. citizens’ demands, needs and perceptions.

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