In January 2015, the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) started its work. However, there is still no consensus about what the term "Eurasia" means when it comes to fostering integration.

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Foreign Affairs: Analysis

28 may 2015

Civil War Back on Burundi’s Doorstep

Evgeny Korendyasov PhD, Head of Center for Russian-African Relations Studies at RAS Institute for African Studies

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After proclaiming independence in 1962, Burundi has survived four coups, seen six presidents violently removed, and experienced several bloody domestic conflicts that almost developed into full-scale genocidal wars. The current outbreak has been caused by the < decision of President Nkurunziza, a Hutu figure, to run for third term in spite of the constitutional ban. Burundi is hardly progressive as far as regime change via fair and general elections is concerned because democracy runs against the old-age African traditions that provide tribal chiefs with lifetime sacral status in the society.

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

27 may 2015

Alexander Galitsky: It's a Matter of Trust

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Founder of Almaz Capital Partners venture capital firm Alexander Galitsky answered our questions on the demise of the Internet and the challenges facing Russian technology companies. The interview was prepared for publication by RIAC Program Director Ivan Timofeev and RIAC correspondent Yaroslav Menshenin.

Avoiding the Exclusive Integration Trap: Envisioning Russian Foreign Policy in the Asian-Pacific

Avoiding the Exclusive Integration Trap: Envisioning Russian Foreign Policy in the Asian-Pacific

Author: Kazushige Kobayashi, PhD student in International Relations at the Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Switzerland

Russia’s deepening cooperation with China needs to be an inclusive process embedded in the wider framework of Eurasian regional cooperation. Particularly since the onset of the Ukrainian crisis, Russian-Chinese cooperation has risen to a historic level. Not only have Russia and China signed a mega-energy deal, but bilateral exchanges in political, economic, cultural, educational, and humanitarian domains have also shown a significant increase. While European powers chose to stay in the “cozy Western boardroom”, for the first time Chinese soldiers participated in the grand parade on 9 May, enshrining a new era for Russian-Chinese partnership.

27 may 2015

Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. Model 2014–2015

Sergey Luzyanin Professor, Acting Director of RAS Institute for Far Eastern Studies, RIAC Expert

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The working paper is devoted to the activities of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), its influence on the Central Asian region, adjacent areas and states. Its relevance derives from the national security interests of Russia and the Central Asian region, connected to the need to develop and adopt a long-term SCO Development Strategy up to 2025. The document provides different scenarios for the Organisation’s development, its likely reaction to crises in the region, including in Afghanistan, the possibility of the key players (Russia and China) strengthening its potential, as well as options for increasing the number of permanent members and collaborating with observer countries (India, Pakistan, Iran and Mongolia).

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

26 may 2015

Development of Russian–Chinese Trade, Economic, Financial and Cross-Border Relations

Vladimir Petrovsky Dr. of Political Science, Chief Research Fellow at the Centre for Russian–Chinese Relations Studies and Forecasting of the Institute of Far Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, RIAC Expert

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This Working Paper was prepared as part of a research project concerning the development of strategic partnership and constructive cooperation between Russia and China carried out by the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC). The authors present the results of a comprehensive review of Russian–Chinese trade, economic, financial and cross-border relations, analyse the impact of strengthening bilateral cooperation between the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China on the prospects of a “partnership for modernization”, and offer some recommendations in the area of bilateral relations and the development of Eastern Siberia and the Russian Far East.

26 may 2015

Russian-Chinese Dialogue: The 2015 Model

Sergey Luzyanin Professor, Acting Director of RAS Institute for Far Eastern Studies, RIAC Expert

Zhao Huasheng Professor and director of the Center for Russia and Central Asia Studies, Fudan University, Shanghai

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This report presents the results of analytical monitoring performed by leading Russian and Chinese experts on the key processes in Russian-Chinese relations in 2013–2014. They analyzed the strategic format of interaction between the two countries in the international arena and their relations in the fields of trade, investment (interbank), energy (hydrocarbons), transport, educational, scientific, and cultural areas. They considered the available resources and possibilities of enhancing the Russian-Chinese strategic partnership, as well as the difficulties and challenges they face in the modern day. The experts elaborate their conclusions, recommendations, and development scenarios for bilateral relations in future.

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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.

26 may 2015

Ukraine's Economy: Where from and Where to?

Anna Tsybulina PhD in Economics, Associate Professor at MGIMO-University Integration Processes Department

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In 2015, Ukraine will have to pay 11 billion dollars to discharge its debts, including 3 billion dollars to Russia. The complexity of the situation in Ukraine is due not to the amount of debt, but to the almost complete lack of resources to service it. The complexity of the situation in Ukraine is due not to the amount of debt, but to the almost complete lack of resources to service it. In December 2014, foreign exchange reserves decreased by 57%. Experts at Deutsche Bank’s research division assessed the default probability in Ukraine at 17.8%

26 may 2015

Integration initiatives: Point of contact

Maria Ptashkina Head of Trade Policy Department of Russian APEC Study Centre at RANEPA

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On 24 May 2015, the meeting of APEC trade ministers in the Philippines concluded – one of the key points of APEC’s annual programme. Trade ministers traditionally meet in the middle of the year to discuss ways to stimulate, facilitate and liberalise trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region.

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