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25 march 2017

Igor Ivanov: A meaningful dialogue is not possible without mutual respect

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On March 24, 2017, Georgetown University hosted the conference “25 Years of US-Russia Relations: From Cold War to New Cold War”. President of RIAC Igor Ivanov pronounced a speech at the conference.

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24 march 2017

U.S. Nuclear Warheads' Scary Modernization

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U.S. Atomic Scientists have published a report on the ongoing programme to retrofit W76-1/Mk4A warheads of Trident II SLBMs with burst-height compensating super-fuses. The upgrade will significantly improve the missile’s kill ratio as applied to silo-based ICBMs, thus freeing up a considerable portion of the United States’ arsenal for engaging other targets of potential enemies. What should Russia do?

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Indian Space Doctrine

Indian Space Doctrine

On 15 February 2017, Indian space agency created history; launched 104 satellites in one go. This historical moment in space history tells the beginning of a real space race in Asia and which eventually surpass the Cold War space race. However, this also germinates an important question; does India have a space doctrine or it is simply a show of technology without a doctrine.

Author: Ahmad Khan.

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Ukraine untold: Is it time for America to ignore Ukraine’s unsolved past?

Ukraine untold: Is it time for America to ignore Ukraine’s unsolved past?

A famous Polish screenwriter and director, who is “considered one of the most severe societal commentators since the political transformation in 1989,” Wojciech Smarzowski hit upon an idea in 2013 to finally raise a topic of the tragic events in Volhynia (1943-1944), which have been silenced so far in the native cinema and public debate.

Author: Adriel Kasonta.

24 march 2017

Igor Ivanov: Russia-U.S. Cooperation: if not today, it will come tomorrow

Igor Ivanov President of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (1998–2004)

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On March 24, 2017, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, hosted the presentation of the RIAC and CSIS report "A Roadmap for U.S.-Russia Relations." This project, undertaken during a period of significant tension and distrust in the bilateral relationship, brought together a bi-national group of experts to develop clear and actionable paths forward for U.S.-Russian cooperation in key areas critical to the security and prosperity of both countries. President of RIAC Igor Ivanov pronounced a speech at the event.

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Reduce American Aid by 37%. Donald Trump's First Multibillion Victim

Reduce American Aid by 37%. Donald Trump's First Multibillion Victim

One of the first victims of Donald Trump's budget reductions will be the U.S. aid to foreign countries. Aid programs have never been popular in the United States with Donald Trump repeatedly urging to "stop feeding" its enemies and foes during his election campaign. Although Washington spends only 0,17% of its GDP on aid, which is much less than the majority of European countries (up to 1% of GDP), budget cutting might reach several billion dollars.

Author: Andrey Kortunov.

Handbook & Infographics

Sanctions

Sanctions

Sanctions are still in the focus of the foreign policy community and the general public. But what are sanctions? What are the legal basis and imposition mechanism? What types of sanctions exist and is there any responsibility for its viotaions? Why countries impose sanctions on each other? And which countries have already imposed the sanctions? RIAC team gathered all the information about the sanctions and its nature and here is what we’ve got.

russiancouncil.ru/en/sanctions

23 march 2017

A Roadmap for U.S.-Russia Relations

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The CSIS and the Russian International Affairs Council are pleased to present the findings from their forthcoming report, "A Roadmap for U.S.-Russia Relations." The analyses that follow examine prospects for Russia-U.S. cooperation in several crucial regions and fields: economics, energy, the Arctic, Euro-Atlantic security, the Middle East, strategic stability, cybersecurity, and countering terrorism and extremism. They offer concrete, actionable recommendations in each area.

23 march 2017

The US Submarine Force and the Growing Russia-US Animosity

Prokhor Tebin PhD in Political Science, RIAC expert

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In June 2016, Proceedings, the US leading naval magazine, published an article by Vice Admiral James Foggo, a Commander of the US 6th fleet, and Alarik Fritz, a senior research scientist at the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA). The article titled “The Fourth Battle of the Atlantic” is dedicated to the growing threat posed by the Russian submarine fleet and to the measures the US needs to take to counteract the threat. Foggo and Fritz write that once again, “an effective, skilled, and technologically advanced Russian submarine force is challenging” the US.

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Anti-government extremist organizations in Syria

Anti-government extremist organizations in Syria

This longread describes the main anti-government groups – parties to the Syrian conflict (both currently existing and those which have already merged with other groups). The longread's authors attempted to trace their connections and the dynamics of their development. This is clearly a very ambitious task which goes beyond the current study. Yet the review covers the basic range of the main extremist groups participating in the Syrian crisis, thus enabling the reader to get as complete a picture of the current events as possible.

22 march 2017

Could the Ukraine Crisis Trigger a New Cold War?

Ferit Temur PhD Candidate in International Relations, specialist in Russian and Eurasian Affairs, Turkey

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Even after Trump was elected to the office of President, his continued positive statements about Russia has strengthened expectations that relations between the US and Russia would get better. However, expectations for the normalisation of relations between the two countries have been dampened due to an array of issues. One was the recent resignation of Trump’s National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, on allegations that ‘bargains’ were made during a phone call between him and Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak. A recent statement from the White House that President Trump expects Crimea to be returned to Ukraine did not alleviate this disappointment. In addition, the decision to recognize the ‘passports’ of the secessionist Donetsk and Lugansk regions by Vladimir Putin against backdrop of the decision taken at the NATO summit to increase the military deployment to the Black Sea signals that new and serious tensions may be on the horizon.

21 march 2017

Russia’s Political Agenda in the Post-Soviet Space

Irina Bolgova PhD in History, Post-Soviet Studies Center at the MGIMO University

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Russia’s current policy in the post-Soviet space is a key part of its global strategy. The positioning of Russia in the international arena and the emergence of new rules for the world order that are seen as a precondition for the stable development of the country depend on the implementation of foreign policy goals in Russia’s immediate geographical surroundings. Successful completion of the integration project is thought to be an indispensable condition for creating an independent and self-sufficient centre in the global economy, hence the basis for the emergence of a real, undeclared poly-centricity of the global political system.

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