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15 february
2017
Russian Council

55% of the Europeans Agree with Trump: Migration Flows from the Muslim Countries Must Be Stopped

Donald Trump's tough stance towards migrants arriving in the U.S. provoked harsh criticism from American liberals and especially their opinion allies in Europe. However, the recent survey conducted by influential British think-tank Chatham House in 10 European countries and covering 10,000 people, shows that the willingness to stop migration from Muslim-majority states in Europe is no smaller than that in the U.S.A.

24 january
2017
Russian Council

Transformation of Higher Education in China and its Implications for Russia

China’s activities oriented towards the transformation of the country into an internationally recognised educational hub started not long ago. Chinese government promotes cooperation with leading universities in other countries, opening of branches of Chinese universities abroad and vice versa, joint training programs development, inviting foreign specialists to read lectures or conduct research. Svetlana Krivokhizh and Maria Liamtceva analyse the subject.

Rating: 13

09 january
2017
Russian Council

The proportion of foreign students studying in the U.S. and Russia is exactly the same – 5%. However, the actual number of foreign students in the United States is four times higher

In the 2016/2017 academic year, the number of foreign students studying in the United States surpassed one million for the first time ever, and stands at 1,044,000 (a 7 per cent increase from the previous year). As of today, around 5% of all students in the United States come from abroad. Foreign students bring in $38 billion dollars to the U.S. economy every year.

27 december
2016
Russian Council

Religion is Important for 18% of Russian People, but Religiosity Levels are Higher in Germany, Poland and the U.S.

The confrontation between western humanitarian secularism and Russian religious traditionalism is viewed as a manifestation of the value gap between Russia and the West. It is believed that the West has lost its Christian foundations, while Russia remains the stronghold of the basic values of Orthodoxy (and to some degree, Islam). However, a recent study of the comparative level of religiosity in the world shows a different picture.

09 december
2016
Russian Council

Transport Revolution of the 20’s Might Decrease World Vehicle Fleet by 90%. Winners and Losers

World transport system is about to face a revolution due to the introduction of self-driving cars. By the end of the 2020’s cars with no driver will be able to deprive traditional vehicles like cars, trucks, and busses, of competitive advantage or even push them out of the market in the developed countries. Along with the positive changes, «transport revolution» will rise two challenges for Russia: decrease of the oil price and increase of the road quality requirements.

01 december
2016
Russian Council

71% of Russian Citizens Support Westward Cooperation at the Height of Information Warfare

According to the data from Levada-Center recent public-opinion poll, 71% of Russian citizens support the course of cooperation with the West (21% more than in July, 2015). It can be assumed that the peak of the anti-western trend is over. It is worthy of note that the atmosphere of the information warfare between Russia and the West remains tense, which can be observed in the contents of the leading media resources on both sides.

29 november
2016
Russian Council

There will be 17% fewer Russian Speakers in the World by 2025 Compared to 2010. However, Russian is the Second Most Popular Internet Language

There were 312 million Russian speakers in the world in 1990. That figure had dropped to 260 million by 2010 and 243 million by 2015. And it is projected to go down to 215 million by 2025. The Russian language is believed to be losing its international status and turning into a national language. However, in recent years, Russian has enjoyed a disproportional online presence.

21 november
2016
Russian Council

How Much Does Great Powers’ Military Intervention in the Middle East Cost?

The cost of the Russian operation in Syria is estimated at anywhere between $1.2 billion and $3 billion. This is comparable to the amount that the West spent on its air operation in Libya. The U.S. air operations in Iraq and Syria in 2014 required at least three times those amounts of money. But all this is nothing compared to the ground operations carried out by the United States in Iraq and Afghanistan, which cost trillions of dollars.

07 november
2016
Russian Council

China is Still Underrated. Venture Capital Funding of E-Commerce in China is 25% Higher than in the U.S.

Back in 2013, venture capital financing of Chinese E-Commerce accounted for around 40 per cent of that in the United States ($3 billion vs. $7.3 billion), whereas in 2015, financing in China was already 25 per cent higher ($20.3 billion vs. $16.3 billion). It would seem that production cooperation in the IT sector is one of the “underrated assets” of the engagement between Russia and China.

05 october
2016
Russian Council

By 2070, Islam will have become the world’s largest religion. The fate of humankind will hinge on the “Islamic response” to security threats

By 2050, Christians will no longer be a majority in Australia, Great Britain, France, New Zealand, the Netherlands. The world of the future may become more religious than it is today. And the principal factor determining the humankind’s future will be the “Islamic response” to the multiple security and development challenges of our century.

28 september
2016
Russian Council

TPP Will Increase U.S. GDP by Just 0.15%. The Real Purposes of the Integration Project

According to official estimates, 15 years after the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement enters into force, the United States’ GDP will increase by $42.7 billion (0.15%) annually; employment will grow by 0.07 per cent; and export and import will grow by $27.2 billion (1.0%) and $48.9 billion (1.1%) a year respectively. In other words, the TPP will be a very weak catalyst for the U.S. economy. Why then this project is considered to be so important?

12 september
2016
Russian Council

Russia’s Turnover with its Leading Partner in Europe is $44.6 Billion. How to Reach Out to Berlin via Warsaw and Prague

In 2015, bilateral trade between Poland and Germany reached $100 billion. Poland became Germany’s seventh-largest trade partner, with Russia sitting in 13th. The structure of trade relations between Berlin and Warsaw is much more complex and diverse than that of Berlin and Moscow. Trade between Germany and the Czech Republic reached $85 billion last year, i.e. the Czech Republic was worth twice as much to Germany as Russia.

09 september
2016
Russian Council

The Safe World of the 21st Century: 167,000 Victims of Armed Conflicts in 2015

There is the belief that we live in an era of global instability that is characterized by increasing numbers of human losses, while the Cold War period is normally considered a period of stability and relative order. However, statistics suggest otherwise: the number of victims of conflicts in the second half of the 20th century is on average three to four times higher than in the 21st century.

05 april
2016
Russian Council

Russia's Other War on IS

While its recent partial withdrawal from Syria reignited debates about Russia's seriousness in fighting IS, reports about Moscow stepping up its efforts to fight that terrorist group in Central Asia and the North Caucasus have gone largely unnoticed. Russia launched large-scale military exercises with Tajikistan, as well as a new round of counterterrorism operations in the restive republic of Dagestan.

 

Author: Hanna Notte