Foreign Affairs: Analysis
01 september 2014
RIAC Web Portal presents a new Viewpoint column. The aim of the project is to learn what successful people not directly involved in politics think about international events and the challenges of their professions. A conversation with Alexander Gabuyev, deputy editor-in-chief of the Kommersant-Vlast magazine, opens up our series of interviews. In an interview with RIAC, Alexander Gabuyev noted the peculiarities of Russian journalism, revealed his magazine’s approach to covering current international problems, articulated his vision for a high quality analytical periodical, and gave some advice to aspiring international journalists.
The tension between Russia and the West over Ukraine has caused the Baltic Sea region to reexamine its relationship with its geopolitical neighbor, Russia. Specifically, the nations of this region have begun to evaluate the repercussions of a prolonged Ukrainian crisis and Russian actions in regard to security, economy, energy and even daily life. The RIAC has provided you with various reports from think tanks and press agencies across the region on various topics to inform our readers of the recent discussions, concerns and recommendations of the diverse Baltic Sea region.
29 august 2014
On August 29, 2014, Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Javad Zarif will pay an official visit to Russia, during which he will meet with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. It is anticipated that the ministers will discuss Iran's nuclear program, bilateral cooperation, and the Astrakhan summit of the Caspian littoral states' leaders scheduled for late September 2014. Director of the Center for Energy and Security Studies Anton Khlopkov shares his insights on issues related to the upcoming visit.
In order to play geopolitics with the Kremlin, Washington and Brussels need to understand what's at stake for each side. For Vladimir Putin, it is Russia's sphere of interests and a question of national glory, so, despite the bitter taste of sanctions, most Russians sincerely believe that he's doing the right thing. Above all, to get it right, the West should treat Russia’s leadership with respect, not contempt. If this sounds like an odd thing, maybe it's time to bring kremlinology back in.
28 august 2014
Recep Tayyip Erdogan won the first publicly held presidential elections in the first round. In the aftermath of the elections, Erdogan and the AK Party have chosen to delay the debates on the shift of power as it relates to the government and to the leadership of the party. Even though Erdogan is leaving the office of the Prime Ministry, it is argued that he will try to use the powers vested in him by the constitution to their limits. In this sense, until the general elections in June 2015, blurred lines between the use of power of the prime minister and the president may be observed. Some have even begun to term this interim period as the de facto presidential system.
27 august 2014
Breakneck developments in Iraq after the intrusion of the Islamic State movement have triggered a chain of tragic events and radical changes in the Iraqi political arena. We asked Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Alexander Aksenyonok, PhD in Law, to comment on prospects in the near future and on the consequences of Baghdad's political decisions.
In this digest you will find a review of recent publications on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, nuclear negotiations with Iran, the occupation of Iraqi territories by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, and the creation of the BRICS Bank.
26 august 2014
On 20 August 2014, the German leadership (Chancellor Angela Merkel, Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble (all members of the CDU), Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar Gabriel and Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD), after short closed-doors consultations, took the controversial decision to supply arms to the Kurdish Peshmerga, which is involved in an armed conflict with Islamic terrorists. This exception from the existing ban may set a precedent that could potentially change the German doctrine of non-interference in military conflicts.
26 august 2014
Negotiations between Vladimir Putin and Pyotr Poroshenko are due to be held in Minsk on 26 August 2014, however they are not likely to result in the announcement of the peace process in Donbass.
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