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27 may 2016

Can US-Vietnam Reconciliation Hurt Russia's Ties with Hanoi?

Anton Tsvetov Media and Government Relations Manager at the Russian International Affairs Council


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.

International Conference "Russia and China: Taking on a New Quality of Bilateral Relations"

International Conference "Russia and China: Taking on a New Quality of Bilateral Relations"

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

27 may 2016

The Gulf of Guinea, the Increase of Maritime Piracy Is a Wake-up Call to Chinese Economics

Giacomo Morabito CEO & Founder Mediterranean Affairs, Ph.D. student in Economics at the University of Messina (Italy)


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.

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Islamic Extremism in Sub-Saharan Africa

Islamic Extremism in Sub-Saharan Africa

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

Why Red-Light Interdisciplinary Mobility?

Ivan Timofeev PhD in Political Science, Director of Programs at Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), Head of "Contemporary State" program at Valdai Discussion Club.


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.

RIAC Digest

Library 2015: International Affairs

Library 2015: International Affairs

What books have RIAC experts read in 2015? Here is a glimpse of the most fascinating publications of 2015.



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Climate Agenda 2030

Climate Agenda 2030

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

How (Not) to Save Ukraine

Viktor Katona Oil Supply Specialist at MOL Group, RIAC expert


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

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: What, Where, When, Why and How Much

Ksenia Muratshina PhD in History, Professor at Chair of Theory and History of International Relations, Boris Yeltsin Urals Federal University


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

Jaw-Jaw is Always Better than War-War

Michael Zolyan Ph.D. in History, Associate Professor, Yerevan State Linguistic University


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

The Kazakh Experience in Improving Human Capital

Yaroslav Lissovolik Chief Economist at the Eurasian Development Bank (EDB), RIAC Expert


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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