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29 january 2015

Information as a Factor of U.S. Smart Strategy

Pavel Sharikov Director of the Applied Research Center at the RAS Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies

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Last Tuesday, President Obama delivered the annual State of the Union speech which outlined the policies of the U.S. administration for the final quarter of his presidency. Of particular interest seem to be Mr. Obama's views on the role and place of the United States in the modern world and U.S. global strategy in the 21st century. The president's prescription of smart leadership for the two years to come has been formulated by the words of Joseph Nye who in the early 2000s said that the most efficient foreign policy can be found in smart power generated by a combination of soft and hard components.

Ernesto Gallo, Giovanni Biava: After "Charlie Hebdo"

Ernesto Gallo, Giovanni Biava: After "Charlie Hebdo"

Authors: Ernesto Gallo is a tutor of business, law and social sciences at Kaplan International College, London. Giovanni Biava is an analyst with Group Repowe, an energy company operating in Europe.

Instead of blaming Paris’s atrocities on rather ‘fictional’ clashes of civilizations, the West should reflect on its own responsibilities and the ways it has more or less directly bred terrorism in the latest decades. Only thinking this way will help us find a way out.

28 january 2015

The Great Silk Road: From Sea to Sea

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China's concept of the Great Silk Road has recently been attracting a great deal of international attention, particularly in Russia since last year seems to have been pivotal in the bilateral relationship. What role does the Great Silk Road play in Russia-China relations? What resources has Beijing directed toward the full-scale implementation of this project? What reaction can we expect from other countries? These are some of the questions we put to Sergey Luzyanin.

27 january 2015

Isak Froumin: "Unified State Exam Is a Step in the Right Direction"

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In an interview with RIAC Program Director Ivan Timofeev and Senior Analyst at the Skoltech Space Center Jaroslaw Menshenin, Academic Supervisor of the HSE Institute of Education Isak Froumin, shares his insights on the importance of studying non-linear systems, the values of free action, as well as on which occupations are set to change and how.

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Facing Difficult Choices: The South Caucasus between Russia and the European Union

Facing Difficult Choices: The South Caucasus between Russia and the European Union

Elkhan Nuriyev is a global energy associate at the Brussels Energy Club.

The mounting tension over Ukraine has introduced numerous dangers to the security situation in the South Caucasus. These negative ramifications are further exacerbated by the fact that Russia holds the key to resolving conflicts in the post-Soviet realm, especially in the absence of greater Western assertiveness. But Moscow and Brussels are caught up in geopolitical competition over the region. Such continued competition prolongs the cycles of instability and could sooner or later spill over into Russia and the EU. Devising a coherent strategy for the region that focuses on an integrated, coordinated approach and recognizes the shared interests of Russia, the EU, and the South Caucasus countries is a pressing challenge that remains unmet.

26 january 2015

Ukraine Crisis More Dangerous Than Cold War

Igor Ivanov RIAC President, RF Minister of Foreign Affairs (1998–2004), Professor of MGIMO-University, RAS Corresponding Member

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Since the crisis in Ukraine began, many have claimed that a new Cold War between Russia and the West already exists. This rhetoric, used even by high-profile politicians, in my opinion, is driven mostly by emotions and is meant to justify difficult positions taken by one or the other side.

26 january 2015

Yemeni Islamists’ Triumph

Leonid Issaev General and Russian History Department of the Higher School of Economics

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Nasr al-Ansi, a commander of the predominantly Yemen-based terrorist organisation al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), recently made a statement in which he announced the organisation’s involvement in the shootings of the Charlie Hebdo editorial staff on 7 January, 2015 in Paris.

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International Events of 2014

International Events of 2014

2014 was an eventful year. It was clear from its very beginning that Ukraine would be high on the international agenda. However, few could imagine that the Ukrainian crisis would dominate world events. Developments in the Transatlantic region and in Central and Eastern Europe depended a lot on what was happening in Ukraine. But there were some events that passed unnoticed behind the rhetoric about Ukraine.

26 january 2015

The Second Front of Islamic Terrorism

Sergei Veselovsky Associate Professor at World Politics Department, MGIMO University, RIAC expert

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After the recent Paris massacre, countering Islamic terrorism is once again the centerpiece of the European security agenda, with massive marches in support of the terrorism victims held for the first time after the bombings in Spain on September 11, 2004. EU leaders are ready to discuss a new antiterrorist package aimed at averting another tragedy.

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