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27 january 2015

Isak Froumin: "Unified State Exam Is a Step in the Right Direction"

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In an interview with RIAC Program Director Ivan Timofeev and Senior Analyst at the Skoltech Space Center Jaroslaw Menshenin, Academic Supervisor of the HSE Institute of Education Isak Froumin, shares his insights on the importance of studying non-linear systems, the values of free action, as well as on which occupations are set to change and how.

Ernesto Gallo, Giovanni Biava: After "Charlie Hebdo"

Ernesto Gallo, Giovanni Biava: After "Charlie Hebdo"

Authors: Ernesto Gallo is a tutor of business, law and social sciences at Kaplan International College, London. Giovanni Biava is an analyst with Group Repowe, an energy company operating in Europe.

Instead of blaming Paris’s atrocities on rather ‘fictional’ clashes of civilizations, the West should reflect on its own responsibilities and the ways it has more or less directly bred terrorism in the latest decades. Only thinking this way will help us find a way out.

26 january 2015

Ukraine Crisis More Dangerous Than Cold War

Igor Ivanov RIAC President, RF Minister of Foreign Affairs (1998–2004), Professor of MGIMO-University, RAS Corresponding Member

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Since the crisis in Ukraine began, many have claimed that a new Cold War between Russia and the West already exists. This rhetoric, used even by high-profile politicians, in my opinion, is driven mostly by emotions and is meant to justify difficult positions taken by one or the other side.

26 january 2015

Yemeni Islamists’ Triumph

Leonid Issaev General and Russian History Department of the Higher School of Economics

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Nasr al-Ansi, a commander of the predominantly Yemen-based terrorist organisation al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), recently made a statement in which he announced the organisation’s involvement in the shootings of the Charlie Hebdo editorial staff on 7 January, 2015 in Paris.

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Facing Difficult Choices: The South Caucasus between Russia and the European Union

Facing Difficult Choices: The South Caucasus between Russia and the European Union

Elkhan Nuriyev is a global energy associate at the Brussels Energy Club.

The mounting tension over Ukraine has introduced numerous dangers to the security situation in the South Caucasus. These negative ramifications are further exacerbated by the fact that Russia holds the key to resolving conflicts in the post-Soviet realm, especially in the absence of greater Western assertiveness. But Moscow and Brussels are caught up in geopolitical competition over the region. Such continued competition prolongs the cycles of instability and could sooner or later spill over into Russia and the EU. Devising a coherent strategy for the region that focuses on an integrated, coordinated approach and recognizes the shared interests of Russia, the EU, and the South Caucasus countries is a pressing challenge that remains unmet.

26 january 2015

The Second Front of Islamic Terrorism

Sergei Veselovsky Associate Professor at World Politics Department, MGIMO University, RIAC expert

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After the recent Paris massacre, countering Islamic terrorism is once again the centerpiece of the European security agenda, with massive marches in support of the terrorism victims held for the first time after the bombings in Spain on September 11, 2004. EU leaders are ready to discuss a new antiterrorist package aimed at averting another tragedy.

23 january 2015

Greece at the National Elections’ Crossroads: A Step Towards Left or Right?

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 upcoming January 25, 2015 national elections in Greece highlight a major challenge as they present a struggle between anger against austerity and fear of euro exit. The apparent reason that led to early national elections is the failure of the coalition government to obtain a parliamentary majority to appoint a candidate as president of the Republic.

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International Events of 2014

International Events of 2014

2014 was an eventful year. It was clear from its very beginning that Ukraine would be high on the international agenda. However, few could imagine that the Ukrainian crisis would dominate world events. Developments in the Transatlantic region and in Central and Eastern Europe depended a lot on what was happening in Ukraine. But there were some events that passed unnoticed behind the rhetoric about Ukraine.

23 january 2015

Counter-Terrorism Mobilization in France

Eugenia Obichkina Doctor of History, Professor at MGIMO-University

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Sunday January 11, 2015 has gone down in the history of France as a day of unprecedented civil mobilization. In Paris alone, one-and-a-half million people – and about four million people throughout the country – marched in defence of republican values, in defence of a society in which the state is committed to respecting civil rights and freedoms. One of the main freedoms is freedom of expression, including the freedom to criticize regardless of authority, be it the authority of power, money or religion.

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