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27 august 2015

Diplomacy in space

Robin Seemangal Journalist for The New York Observer, Founder/Director of Deepcor Media Former communications director of the Himalayan Consensus - an NGO based in Kathmandu, Nepal

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The construction and operation of the International Space Station has helped pioneer a new era of human exploration and cooperation between these nations. The ISS, as an effective foreign policy tool, has fostered peaceful relations between nations while creating a platform where hostilities and clashing political ideologies are forgotten in favor of scientific innovation. With the world’s geopolitical climate constantly changing, can the International Space Station remain a focal point for peace and human progress?

26 august 2015

Petrobras Scandal has Brazil's Government Skating on Thin Ice

Eric Ehrmann Brazilian columnist and RIAC blogger

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As Brazil's governability crisis escalates senate president Renan Calheiros has emerged as the political operator who can best protect the institutional legitimacy of embattled president Dilma Rousseff and her fragile Worker's Party (PT) coalition government.

Stakeholder Trust: a Business Case

Stakeholder Trust: a Business Case

Our primary focus is on business and its stakeholders, defined as small and large groups affected by the business – groups such as customers, employees, creditors, suppliers, investors, community, and even government. Research described below is primarily based on the experience of large Western business organizations. However, while this paper will concentrate on business, the stakeholder trust principle applies to any culture and any organization, including government, academia, NGOs.

Authors: Patricia E. Dowden and Philip M. Nichols.

26 august 2015

Is Too Fast Too Furious Turning into Too Risky Too Dubious?

Ekaterina Arapova PhD in Economics, Head of Department of Assessment and Coordination of International and Duel Master's Degree Programs, MGIMO-University, MFA of Russia

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On August 11–13, 2015, the People's Bank of China devalued the national currency by 3.5 per cent in a logical move that nevertheless came as an unexpected and unpleasant surprise to market participants. The devaluation can be seen as a signal that China is changing its strategy for the country’s economic growth and its position on the global markets and within the world financial system.

RIAC Digest

Cyberthreats and Cybertrends

In our overly interconnected world Internet is the main source of connectivity and information. This issue of RIAC digest will feature various publications on cyber threats, mobile Internet evolution, higher education vs cyber security threats and different comprehensive reports on Internet intelligence and cyber changes with a good deal of statistics within.

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26 august 2015

Avoiding War in Europe: How to Reduce the Risk of a Military Encounter Between Russia and NATO

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A Pan-European Task Force on Cooperation in Greater Europe, including former foreign and defence ministers from the UK, Poland, Russia, Germany, Turkey and France has expressed its concern at the increased scale of military activities in the Euro-Atlantic area and has called for a new mechanism between NATO and Russia to prevent accidental incidents or miscalculations leading to an escalation of tension and even confrontation.

RIAC Digest

The Balkans - At the Glance

The Balkans - At the Glance

Once again, restless Balkans is in the center of the world politics. While all eyes are on the Greek crisis, some less interesting, but nonetheless significant events are happening in the other countries of the Balkans. This Digest aims to present the current attention-grabbing articles on this region - the region that never stands still.

25 august 2015

Discipline and Punish Again?

Viktor Sergeev Doctor of History, Professor of the Comparative Political Studies Department at MGIMO-University, RIAC expert

Elena Alekseenkova PhD in Political Science, RIAC Program Manager, Research Fellow at Centre for Global Problems Studies, MGIMO-University

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In the recent years, a trend towards a narrowing of the sphere of individual freedoms has been observed throughout the world. At the same time, we see the expansion of sovereign freedoms — the sphere where government allows itself to interfere with a citizen's private life. Instead of liberal, creative and unfettered individuals we may obtain a sort of "ant colony state" — a community of inert, disengaged and totally controlled masses.

25 august 2015

Migration Tsunami from the South: EU Communitarian Policy and National Egoism

Konstantin Voronov PhD in History, Sector Head at RAS Institute of World Economy and International Relations

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In 2014, over 180,000 Libyan refugees are known to have attempted to cross the Mediterranean, with about 2,000 either having drowned or died because of dangerous sailing conditions. Although they are only approximate, these figures testify to at least two indisputable facts, i.e. the route has become much more attractive than ever before and unquestionably is more popular than two other popular routes – by sea from Morocco to Spain and over land from Turkey to Greece.

24 august 2015

Kazakhstan’s Rocky Road to the WTO

Tatiana Isachenko Doctor of Economics, Professor, Department of International Economic Relations and Foreign Economic Relations, MGIMO University, RIAC Expert

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On July 27, 2015 President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo signed a Protocol on Kazakhstan’s accession to the World Trade Organization. For Kazakhstan, this step is a logical outcome of two decades of negotiation and searching for a compromise between its own national interests and the need to participate in global institutions and processes, as well as compliance with the obligations arising from membership of the Customs Union (CU) and the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). Officially, Kazakhstan will automatically become the 162nd full member of the WTO 30 days after the date the Protocol is ratified.

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