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05 march 2015

Obama: Silicon Valley rather than Putin

Julien Nocetti Research Fellow at the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI)


There have been some turns in American diplomacy that we would do well to pay more attention to. In Minsk, where Russian, Ukrainian, German and French heads of state recently met to negotiate an end to the crisis in Ukraine, the United States was absent for the first time in seeking a resolution to a conflict in which Moscow is involved. A few days later, Obama broke his silence by raising another “European” issue –standing up for the interests of US Internet giants, he accused Europe of protectionism in the IT sphere.

Russian Digital Diplomacy: 7 trends of 2014

Russian Digital Diplomacy: 7 trends of 2014

Oleg Shakirov, RIAC blogger.

Since early 2014, the majority of accounts have become more active and increased their follower count to a large extent because of the situation in Ukraine and the deterioration of relations between Russia and the West. Moreover, last year there were a number of new trends in Russian digital diplomacy that are worthy of attention.

04 march 2015

Security Issues Are Not Resolved by Nervousness

Lev Voronkov Doctor of Political Science, Professor, MGIMO University


It is in the fundamental interests of the countries and peoples of Northern Europe to maintain and consolidate the zone of peace and stability in the region. This is not to say that those countries do not include political forces that are ready to support the entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO and to help these states become deeply integrated into the military and political structures of the North Atlantic treaty, or, on the other hand, very influential political and social circles that are firmly against such a turn of events.

RIAC Digest

Trends for 2015, Economic recession, Russian gas strategy, American chairmanship in the Arctic council

With a little delay (which we can blame on winter holidays break) RIAC is back with the monthly international publications digest. Here you will find fifteen trends for 2015 from Spanish CIDOB, a number publications on the future of the European project, some reports on the negative effects of the ongoing economic recession due to the declining oil prices and crumbling Russian gas strategy in the light of the Ukrainian crisis. A note on the coming American chairmanship in the Arctic council and never-ending conflict in Sudan make a close-up to this digest.

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03 march 2015

Russia and the EU – Looking for Ways of Cooperation in the Common Neighbourhood: the case of the Republic of Moldova and Transdniestria


On December 4, 2014, the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) together with the Crisis Management Initiative - Martti Ahtisaari Centre (CMI) organized a round table discussion on “Russia and the EU – Looking for Ways of Cooperation in the Common Neighbourhood: the case of the Republic of Moldova and Transdniestria”. At the meeting a group of experts from Chisinau, Tiraspol, Moscow and the EU (one from each side) presented papers with proposals for improving practical cooperation between Russia and the EU using the Republic of Moldova and Transdniestria as an example. 

Ivan Timofeev: Six Questions that the Minsk Agreements Raise

Ivan Timofeev: Six Questions that the Minsk Agreements Raise

The full text of the Minsk agreement signed on February 12, 2015 has been published. The text, entitled “the Package of Measures on the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements”, is without a doubt a step forward. But there are still a number of questions that remain unanswered.

03 march 2015

Eternal Sunshine of the Holy See

Tatiana Zonova Doctor of Political Science, Professor of the Diplomacy Department of the MGIMO University


It is well known that, through the Holy See, the Catholic Church is the only religious institute that maintains diplomatic relations with states, members of the international community. There are three main factors that determine the Vatican’s role in global politics: the historical conditions that led to the formation of the Papal States; the cumulative experience of relations with secular rulers; and the theological interpretation of political life.

03 march 2015

Right Wing Pushing and Shoving

Nikolay Mezhevich Doctor of Economics, Professor at Foreign Relations Department, St. Petersburg State University


On March 1, 2014 elections to the Estonian Parliament Riigikogu were held. According to the Republican Election Commission (VVK) of the country, 872 people claimed 101 seats in Parliament. The Estonian political spectrum, which was initially unbalanced and right-wing in shaping the country’s foreign and domestic policies, shifts towards the same right direction.

02 march 2015

From "Small Cold War" to Strained Relations

Tatiana Andreeva Ph.D. in History, Senior Research Fellow at European Political Studies Department, IMEMO RAN


The coming to power of Dmitry Medvedev in Russia and David Cameron in the UK, neither of whom were involved in the British-Russian scandal in 2006, helped put an end to the small Cold War and facilitated the resumption of bilateral dialogue. The steady but politically difficult rapprochement between the two countries in 2010-2013 was unexpectedly interrupted by the Ukrainian crisis of 2014. The difference in perception of both what caused the crisis and how it can be resolved has not just set the two countries at loggerheads, but could even trigger an armed confrontation between them.

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