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21 october 2014

The Devolution Revolution

Elena Ananyeva Doctor of Philosophy, Head, Center for British Studies at the RAS Institute for European Studies

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The global fervour surrounding the referendum in Scotland has blown over. Scotland will remain a part of the United Kingdom and the foreign policy consequences of its possible independence will not materialize. However, the outcome of the referendum may change the fate of the country and have an impact on the United Kingdom’s foreign policy.

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Credit Rating Agencies: Referees or Top Players?

Credit Rating Agencies: Referees or Top Players?

Authors: Ernesto Gallo and Giovanni Biava.

This summer sovereign rating agencies have been quite active; in particular, Moody’s has disturbed the sleep of many Europeans. On 5 August the US-based agency slashed France’s growth forecast to a modest 0.6%; few days later, it was Italy’s turn, with a cut to a depressing -0.1%, which would mark Italy’s third consecutive year of recession. Should we worry about it? What game are sovereign credit rating agencies playing? Shouldn’t they just act as impartial referees?

20 october 2014

Towards Greater Europe through Humanitarian Cooperation?

Andrei Kortunov Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council

Irina Busygina Doctor of Political Science, Professor of the Comparative Politics Department, MGIMO University

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Has the crisis in Ukraine completely erased the idea of Greater Europe from the agendas of politicians and analysts in the West and the East of our continent? Pessimism appears to be reigning all over Europe these days. Indeed, with people being killed every day in the very center of Europe, any talk of a new all-European security system might come off as inappropriate, if not irrelevant. With the EU and Russia exchanging sanctions and trade restrictions, how can we realistically discuss any common economic space stretching from Lisbon to Vladivostok?

Opinion

Banning Diplomacy Should Not Even Be an Option

Banning Diplomacy Should Not Even Be an Option

Authors: Anton Tsvetov, media and government relations manager at RIAC.

With the Brisbane G20 Summit approaching, some voices in Australia are pushing PM Tony Abbott to ban Vladimir Putin from attending the meeting. Can this move bear fruit?

20 october 2014

The Customs Union: Is There a Place for Asia?

Elena Kuzmina PhD in Political Science, head of the post-Soviet countries’ economic development section at the Institute of Economics, RAS

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When talking about the desire of a number of countries to expand their cooperation in trade and manufacturing with the countries of the Customs Union and to sign a free trade zone agreement with it, we should note that official talks on this subject are currently only taking place with Vietnam. According to Cao Quoc Hung, Vietnam’s Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, the two sides have already reached the agreement on issues concerning the exchange of investment and services.

20 october 2014

Kim Jong-un, the Mystery Man

Konstantin Asmolov Leading Research Fellow at the Korean Studies Center, RAS Institute for Far Eastern Studies

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The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) is still closed to the progressive media and remains in the crosshairs of Western propaganda that frequently seeks to amuse the global audience in exaggerated representations of the reality. Just remember reporting on the shootout in the Yellow Sea between the two Koreas on October 7 that sparked an avalanche of commentary about the "escalating military clashes." In order to understand how far the coverage is from reality, let us turn to the facts.

17 october 2014

The Resolution of the Cyprus Conflict: A Catalyst for East Mediterranean Security and Cooperation

Antonia Dimou RIEAS Senior advisor based in Athens, Greece and Associate at the Centre for Strategic Studies, University of Jordan

John Nomikos Director of the Research Institute for European and American Studies based in Athens, Greece

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The resolution of the Cyprus conflict poses a major challenge given that it is at core not only of solving regional disputes but most importantly of western security strategies. These strategies are outlined in the post-Arab spring era in light of the Syrian conflict, the collapse of Turkey’s foreign policy of “zero-problems-with neighbours”, and the emergence of radical organisations like ISIS that have become powerful in the East Mediterranean.

Opinion

Ukraine Crisis: Ceasefire Anyone? A Memo for Europe

Ukraine Crisis: Ceasefire Anyone? A Memo for Europe

Author: Masha Mitaeva, MSc Public Policy and Administration Programme (London School of Economics and Political Science).

Three months since the beginning of the Kiev government military operation against anti-government rebels in Ukraine’s south-east, Europe appears to be acting to the detriment of its reputation as a peace and rule-of-law project, as well as its broader economic and trade interests and political goals in the region.

17 october 2014

Dmitry Peskov: Invest in Advantages

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Dmitry Peskov, Head of the “Young Professionals” project at the Agency for Strategic Initiatives, shared with RIAC Program Director Ivan Timofeev his insights on the competitiveness of the Russian economy, on the role of innovation in the development of the country, as well as on the future of Russia.

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