Foreign Affairs: Analysis
31 october 2014
Protecting the Russian segment of the Internet is particularly relevant in view of the worsening international political situation. It is worth noting that the official position of the Chinese government on the issue is very close to that of Russia. The PRC government aims to keep public control over the Chinese segment of the Internet. Such a policy cannot be pursued against the background of global Internet governance based on American proposals. The Russian proposal, in contrast, gives more authority to the national government in terms of regulating the national segment of the Internet.
31 october 2014
The Uruguayan presidential elections took place on October 26, 2014. Their results — 44 per cent for the pre-election favourite Tabaré Vázquez against 34 per cent for his rival Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou — mean that the people will have to make their final choice in the second round to be held on November 30.
Indian strategy in the Asia-Pacific, reforms in Morocco, Polish nuclear energy sector, Chinese think-tanks, Human trafficking
In this digest of international publications you will find a variety of topics: changing Indian strategy in the Asia-Pacific and the future of the US-Indian partnership, constitutional reforms in Morocco, development of Polish nuclear energy sector, new face of Chinese think-tanks, EU’s commitments in providing development assistance for the third world countries, Afghan political system after elections and a publication on human trafficking and online networks.
30 october 2014
The number of Ebola hemorrhagic fever victims is rising with every passing day. According to the WHO data, there are more than 13,7 thousand people infected by the virus. We asked experts from African countries to share their opinion on whether the Ebola outbreak can unite mankind. Okolo Ben-Simon, Executive Director of the African Centre for Human Security, Peace and Sustainable Development (Nigeria) and Tity Agbahey, Junior Fellow from the Institute for Security Studies (Senegal) express their view with this respect.
Authors: Ernesto Gallo and Giovanni Biava.
Oil prices have been recently falling; many commentators wonder why. After all, this is quite a surprise, if we consider the current turbulences in oil-rich Middle East. Leaving aside American shale, what has surprised the markets has mainly been Saudi Arabia’s choice to cut oil prices, as announced on October 1 and followed by further cuts in other Gulf countries.
30 october 2014
On October 15, 2014, a trilateral meeting was held between US Secretary of State John Kerry, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. As organized between the six-nation group of powers and Iran, a historic comprehensive agreement will be signed on November 24, 2014 that will put an end to the controversy surrounding the Iranian nuclear issue and open the way for the lifting of economic sanctions against Tehran. How feasible is this outcome? What else should countries do to resolve a problem that has lasted for 35 years? Vladimir Sazhin, PhD in History, Senior Research Fellow at RAS Institute of Oriental Studies and RIAC expert, shares his insights on the situation.
29 october 2014
What is the Islamic State movement and who supports the establishment of a caliphate and Caliph Ibrahim in the 21st century, calling all Muslims in the world to submit to it and join the jihad? What challenges are Syria and Iraq facing amidst terrorist attacks by the Islamic State and aerial bombing by the United States and its NATO allies? The American tactic of fighting militants from the self-proclaimed caliphate appears unlikely to be effective. Given the abundance of weapons in the region, terrorism threatens to spread throughout the world, using religious rhetoric as a cover.
Authors: Anton Tsvetov, media and government relations manager at RIAC.
With the Brisbane G20 Summit approaching, some voices in Australia are pushing PM Tony Abbott to ban Vladimir Putin from attending the meeting. Can this move bear fruit?
28 october 2014
The validity of Iran's scientific and technological breakthroughs is difficult to access due to the lack of information that could provide an unbiased glimpse into the real state of affairs. From time to time, Tehran has publicized its scientific successes, as in 2006 and 2011 when it claimed to have acquired the technology for controlled fusion, which later would not be backed up by evidence.
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