In January 2015, the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) started its work. However, there is still no consensus about what the term "Eurasia" means when it comes to fostering integration.

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29 june 2015

Needed as Never Before: the Future of OSCE in a New Era of Old Challenges

Maxim Suchkov PhD in Political Science, Assistant Professor at Pyatigorsk State Linguistic University, blog contributor to Al-Monitor (Russia Pulse) and Eurasia Outlook at Moscow Carnegie Center, RIAC expert

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Trust is the capital the organization still possesses against all odds. It is the necessary resource which enables the OSCE to marry conflicting interests and which the organization has to mediate between.

29 june 2015

The OSCE's Role in a Changing World: New Steps for the Future

Sergey Rastoltsev PhD Student, RAS Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO RAN)

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The OSCE has become an important tool in the maintenance of a constructive relationship between participating states. This point appears to have returned today, when during the Ukrainian crisis, the OSCE has proved to be the only institution of European security that could engage all parties of the conflict in dialogue to seek the crisis’ resolution. This again has helped to reiterate the OSCE’s competitive advantages as being universality, equality and flexibility, all developed over its history.

Greece and the European Union Caught in a Game of Chicken

Greece and the European Union Caught in a Game of Chicken

Greece’s relations with the European Union are a game of chicken, or brinkmanship as it is referred to in the international relations, where both Greece and the European Union know they cannot live without the other but are increasingly uncertain as to whether they want to.

Author: Dimitrios Triantaphyllou, Director, Center for International and European Studies Kadir Has University, Istanbul.

29 june 2015

Alignment with the ICC: a Case to Enforce Helsinki Decisions

Alexey Ilin Master of International Affairs (Texas A&M University, 2015), Intern with the Kennan Institute of Wilson Center

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Forty years after the Helsinki Accords, the OSCE grew powerless before the challenges of local conflicts, authoritarianism, and gross human rights violations. I propose aligning the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe with the International Criminal Court, which will hold Eurasian leaders accountable for their actions and will help to prevent aggressive wars and gross human rights violations in the future.

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Private Military & Security Companies

This series of digest is devoted to an extremely controversial military-political issue, the one that was formerly ushered into the world in the late 1960s and then has evolved into a complex phenomenon now generally known as Private Military and Security Companies. The comprehensive description of PMSCs' activities, the regulatory mechanisms and legally binding documents elaborated, recent numbers indicating involvement of contractors into U.S. operations Iraq and Afghanistan, the UN-private military sector cooperation directions, challenges posed and opportunities foreseen are covered below.

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29 june 2015

SMART Strategy for OSCE in a Changing World

Oleg Golishnikov MA student, National Research University – Higher School of Economics

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In an era of growing “turbulence” in world politics and amidst a global shift of influence from the West to the East, we are witnessing signs of “the return of geopolitics” or “the revenge of geography that, to a large extent, collide not only with the ongoing processes of interdependence, but also with the principle of indivisible security. In this context, the OSCE, as the most comprehensive and inclusive international organization in the region, should reconsider its approach to building a security community in a changing world that is currently confronted with three fundamental and intertwined challenges: Changing world order, International institutions are playing catch-up, Intellectual crisis.

Is there a role for Russia to play in the South China Sea?

Is there a role for Russia to play in the South China Sea?

Anton Tsvetov, Media and Government Relations Manager at RIAC. .

Moscow’s global ambitions will inevitably lead it to the South China Sea, but that could force Russia to choose between partners such as China and Vietnam.

26 june 2015

He will be dearly missed

Madeleine Albright U.S. Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001

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I was saddened to learn of the passing of Yevgeny Primakov. I worked very closely with him when he served as Russia’s Foreign Minister and Prime Minister. Yevgeny was a staunch defender of his country’s interests, and he was also a pragmatic diplomat who saw new opportunities for Russia to partner with the West after the end of the Cold War. I considered him a good friend, and I send my condolences to his family and friends. He will be dearly missed.

Avoiding the Exclusive Integration Trap: Envisioning Russian Foreign Policy in the Asian-Pacific

Avoiding the Exclusive Integration Trap: Envisioning Russian Foreign Policy in the Asian-Pacific

Author: Kazushige Kobayashi, PhD student in International Relations at the Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Switzerland

Russia’s deepening cooperation with China needs to be an inclusive process embedded in the wider framework of Eurasian regional cooperation. Particularly since the onset of the Ukrainian crisis, Russian-Chinese cooperation has risen to a historic level. Not only have Russia and China signed a mega-energy deal, but bilateral exchanges in political, economic, cultural, educational, and humanitarian domains have also shown a significant increase. While European powers chose to stay in the “cozy Western boardroom”, for the first time Chinese soldiers participated in the grand parade on 9 May, enshrining a new era for Russian-Chinese partnership.

26 june 2015

Oligarchs and Kleptocrats: Russian Business through Western eyes

Kristian Wilson Senior Associate, Bedell Cristin, Singapore

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Academic studies on the social effects of risk have examined how risk impacts on corporations. The perception of risk spawns behavioral responses, which in turn have secondary impacts on business, including stigmatization, loss of sales, regulatory constraints, litigation and investor flight. This is relevant to Russia because Western perceptions of Russian business are predominantly concerned with risk. Whenever Russian business is discussed in Western media, the reportage is tinctured with fear and threat. Russian business is ascribed with notions of corruption, criminality or dark political intent. Russia is seen as a risk.

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26 june 2015

French Chicanery at the United Nations

Dmitriy Kiku PhD in Political Science, RIAC Expert

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With the 70th anniversary of the United Nations celebrated this fall, France has made a big splash by proposing limiting the right of veto exercised by the permanent members of the UN Security Council, i.e. by Russia, China, United Kingdom, the United States and France. But these ostensibly good intentions of preventing crimes against humanity appear to be an attempt to pave the way for a UNSC blessing of unrestricted enforcement through military force.

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