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22 november 2016

Sanctions on Russia: the Risk of a Divided Europe

Daniele Fattibene International Affairs Institute (IAI) in Rome


The latest European Council meeting has showed (once again) that relations with the Russian Federation are still a dividing element within the European Union (EU). Different threat assessments and interests among Member States risk to hamper the efforts to build up a common approach towards Moscow which has emerged with the sanctions over Ukraine. The decision not to impose new “restrictive measures” against Russia for “attacking the civilians in Aleppo” very well epitomizes this internal cleavage. This step has been the result of a strong opposition of several countries, leaded by the Italian Prime Minister Renzi.

21 november 2016

Dmitry Poletaev: Up to 50% of Migrants in Russia Are Illegal


Almost two years have passed since Eurasian Economic Union started functioning, which allows drawing certain conclusions. Dmitry Poletaev, Director at the Center for Migration Studies, shared his opinion on the changes in the area of migration during this period with RIAC editing team.

21 november 2016

Global Development and Nuclear Weapons

Dmitry Stefanovich Independent expert


A study conducted by the Chatham House on the relationship between problems concerning nuclear weapons (NW) and other issues of multilateral international cooperation published in October 2016 finds there is common ground between the traditional approaches to nuclear disarmament and the “humanitarian” views calling for the complete and immediate prohibition of nuclear weapons.

17 november 2016

Donald Trump Will Create a “Window Of Opportunity” In the Middle East

Vasily Kuznetsov PhD in History, Director, Center for Arab and Islamic Studies, Institute of Oriental Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences, RIAC expert


What decisions can we expect from Donald Trump’s new team on the Middle East? The further aggravation of the situation in Syria, the U.S. policy with respect to its allies as well as the problem of the Iranian nuclear programme all remain highly topical issues on the Middle East agenda. Vasily Kuznetsov, RIAC expert and Director of the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies at the Institute of Oriental Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences, outlines the new U.S. policy in the Middle East.

17 november 2016

The “Trump Doctrine” in NATO

Dmitry Danilov PhD in Economics, Head of the European Security Department RAS Institute of Europe


For the EU, Donald Trump’s ascension to power poses a challenge, although European leaders are not openly talking about it. The EU is seriously concerned not so much about NATO as a forum for a daily political dialogue with the United States as about the future substance of the north-Atlantic alliance’s policy. Trump has warned the EU that “business as usual” is unacceptable. Could a new “Trump Doctrine” emerge with respect to NATO?

17 november 2016

The Future of Trans-Atlantic Relations Is Guesswork

Vladislav Belov Ph.D in Economics, Deputy Director of the RAS Institute for Europe, Head of the Country and Regional Researches Department, Head of the German Research Center


Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential elections came as a surprise to many. European politicians have openly expressed concern about the uncertain future of trans-Atlantic relations. The Russian International Affairs Council reached out to Vladislav Belov, RIAC expert and Director of the Centre for German Studies to ask how Trump’s election as U.S. president will affect relations between the EU and U.S.

16 november 2016

Russia–India Strategic Partnership: Have We Hit a Plateau?

Vasily Shikin Postgraduate Student, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia


India has been paying special attention to its relations with the West ever since the current government under the leadership of Narendra Modi came to power. Russia is no longer a major priority in India’s foreign policy objectives. It would seem that cooperation between Moscow and New Delhi has lost its former dynamism and, in terms of size and import, is far from the declared “Strategic Partnership.”

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