Foreign Affairs: Analysis
27 may 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama’s trip to Vietnam and lifting of the arms embargo will no doubt boost bilateral relations. But for Hanoi it is still a rebalance, not a pivot, as Vietnam still has a strong reliance on Russian military exports.
On May 30-31, 2016, prior to the visit of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin to the People's Republic of China, RIAC holds the Second International Conference "Russia and China: Taking on a New Quality of Bilateral Relations". The conference will give rise to the analysis of the dynamics, main achievements and vulnerabilities of Russia-China relations. Proposals aimed at strengthening strategic partnership will be developed as a result of the event.
All the detailed information about the event is available at russiancouncil.ru/en/rucn2016.
27 may 2016
On April 25, 2016, was held by the UN Security Council an open debate on the theme “Peace consolidation in West Africa: piracy and armed robbery at sea in the Gulf of Guinea.” During the debate, the China’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Liu Jieyi stated that the Gulf of Guinea has fallen victim to frequent incidents of piracy and armed robbery at sea in recent years. He noted that the links between piracy, terrorist groups, armed groups, and criminal networks have posed “serious threats” to the safety of navigation as well as to regional peace and security.
RIAC presents new longread on islamic extremists groups in Sub-Saharan Africa: Boko Haram, Al-Shabaab, Ansar al-Dine.
Author: Eleonora Lebedeva, leading research fellow IMEMO RAS, RIAC expert
26 may 2016
Recent reports of linking scholarly dissertation defenses to basic education have caused quite a stir. But with the first emotional wave ebbing, we might as well analyze the matter quietly and objectively. First of all, a rigid disciplinary linkage between the post-graduate degree and the diploma-prescribed profession seems counterproductive.
What books have RIAC experts read in 2015? Here is a glimpse of the most fascinating publications of 2015.
It seems that the train has left the station. More than 165 countries have pledged to sign Paris climate agreement, elaborated in December 2015. The ceremony will look more like the Oscars — Mr. DiCaprio, the UN climate ambassador is going to give a talk. To find out more about countries' promises, click to read RIAC's longread.
25 may 2016
The energy sector of Ukraine needs to be reformed and made competitive. However, efforts to achieve this goal should not exacerbate Ukraine’s biggest problem on the path to economic prosperity, namely the population’s impoverishment. Shock therapy, used by the Ukrainian government, represents an all too abrupt and hasty step, albeit in a good direction. Dr. Anders Aslund’s issue brief “Securing Ukraine’s Energy Sector” published by the Atlantic Council in April 2016 is a well-timed attempt to restart the debate on Ukraine and the measures the latter has taken to improve its energy sector.
24 may 2016
Established by more than 50 nations in 2015 and officially opened for business in January 2016, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has become a new international financial institution, one of the People’s Republic of China’s largest international projects and a new format for that country’s interaction with the world at large. Will AIIB be able to outgrow the role of a financial tool of Chinese diplomacy?
24 may 2016
The Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan met in Vienna on 16 May 2016 in the presence of the representatives of the countries that co-chair the Minsk OSCE Group, the Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov, the French Secretary of State for European Affairs Harlem Desir and the US Secretary of State John Kerry, the first meeting of the presidents in the wake of the events of 2-5 April 2016 in Nagorno-Karabakh known as “the four-day war”.
23 may 2016
Given an acute shortage of specialists and managers that businessmen often report as the main problem with Russia’s economy, developing a system for improving human capital is one of the key priorities to date. Special attention should be paid to both improving the education system, and integrating graduates into the economic system and the labor market. Bolashak International Scholarship Program, implemented in Kazakhstan since 1993, offers an excellent example of successful state support for training students abroad.
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