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02 september 2015

Survival of the Fittest: Can Communists Lead Vietnam to Success?

Anton Tsvetov Media and Government Relations Manager at the Russian International Affairs Council


70 years after seizing power in Vietnam the Communist Party demonstrates remarkable adaptability. But can it keep up with social change? Today the Vietnamese leadership finds itself before a whole new set of challenges - and perhaps it is time to change again.

01 september 2015

In the Impact Zone

Prokhor Tebin PhD in Political Science, RIAC expert


Surface ships, primarily cruisers and destroyers, are the “work horses” of the U.S. Navy and in many ways the foundation of its combat stability. But it would not be an exaggeration to say that they receive less attention from the media, the expert community, the military establishment and the United States Congress than their more successful colleagues, maritime pilots and submariners.

Young Brains Leaving Russia

Young Brains Leaving Russia

Described as movement of people to foreign countries for education, advanced training and acquiring new skills, intellectual migration is becoming a huge problem for Russia. The process can be both short- and long-term, up to change of citizenship, and engulfs students, young specialists and many others willing to become more knowledgeable and practiced. Globalization helps a lot, only increasing the numbers of Russian runaways who may have made the backbone of national renovation force and Russia’s rise on the world scene. Scientific and creativity reserves invariably constitute the main strategic asset of any state and require proper protection.

Author: Elmar Aidynbekov

01 september 2015

Iran + Russia = Reset?


Soon after breaking free from the shackles of economic sanctions in July, Tehran proposed a Free Trade Area (FTA) with the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), a recent brainchild of Russian foreign policy. We met with Alexander Knyazev, Senior Research Fellow at the RAS Institute for Oriental Studies, to discuss how Moscow can combine cooperation with Iran with its Eurasian integration efforts.


EEU as a New Economic Reality: Opportunities for Business and State Participants

EEU as a New Economic Reality: Opportunities for Business and State Participants

As part of the EEU, Kyrgyzstan has set itself a number of goals: to ensure sustainable development, modernise the economy and close the gap in terms of development with other EEU countries. It should be noted that Kyrgyzstan is well behind the other EEU member states and is playing catch-up.

Author: Nursultan Karabayev

31 august 2015

Iran — a Stumbling Block for Russia and the Gulf Countries?

Elena Melkumyan Doctor of Political Science, Expert at the Institute of Oriental studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, and a Professor in the Department of Oriental Studies in the Russian State University for Humanities

Andrei Derbenev PhD in Political Science, Andrew Derbenev is a Researcher at the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, and an Associate Professor in Moscow State Pedagogical University

Omar Mahmood Research Analyst at the Bahrain Center for Strategic, International and Energy Studies (Derasat)


In May 2015, the Russian government removed political and legal barriers to the sale of the S-300 missile system to Iran, paving the way for a commercial agreement and subsequent delivery. Russian and GCC commentators are well-acquainted with the Iranian and Western views regarding this decision. However, Russian and GCC commentators are comparatively uninformed about each other’s perspectives regarding this key development due to the nascent nature of relations between the two. This report aims to remedy this communication lacuna.

RIAC Digest

Cyberthreats and Cybertrends

In our overly interconnected world Internet is the main source of connectivity and information. This issue of RIAC digest will feature various publications on cyber threats, mobile Internet evolution, higher education vs cyber security threats and different comprehensive reports on Internet intelligence and cyber changes with a good deal of statistics within.

Digest and special projects

31 august 2015

Protests in Ecuador: a New Challenge for Rafael Correa

Alexander Shinkarenko PhD in Political Science, Research Fellow at the Center for Political Studies, RAS Institute of Latin America


Mass protests which began on August 13, 2015 against the policies of President Rafael Correa swept across different regions of Ecuador. Those who disagree with the current government took to the streets of the country’s cities and towns enraged with the government’s attempts to change the Constitution. The enactment of amendments would grant the incumbent leader the authority to run for the presidency for the fourth time in 2017.


28 august 2015

Ru.Wikipedia — How Hard Is It to Exist in the New Russia?


In the wake of Roskomnadzor’s announcement that Russian Wikipedia may be shut down, the editors of the RIAC webpage have asked the executive director of Wikimedia Russia to share his ideas on the situation. In the interview below, Stanislav Kozlovsky describes the structure of Wikipedia, the copyright aspect and how the Russian Law on Foreign Agents has influenced

27 august 2015

Diplomacy in space

Robin Seemangal Journalist for The New York Observer, Founder/Director of Deepcor Media Former communications director of the Himalayan Consensus - an NGO based in Kathmandu, Nepal


The construction and operation of the International Space Station has helped pioneer a new era of human exploration and cooperation between these nations. The ISS, as an effective foreign policy tool, has fostered peaceful relations between nations while creating a platform where hostilities and clashing political ideologies are forgotten in favor of scientific innovation. With the world’s geopolitical climate constantly changing, can the International Space Station remain a focal point for peace and human progress?

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