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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

15 december
2015
Russian Council

New ‘Axis of Resistance’? – Why Russia Avoids Full Identification with the Syrian-Iranian Alliance

The ongoing crisis in Turkish-Russian relations, caused by Ankara shooting down a Russian Su-24 fighter jet on November 24, has thrown into relief another international trend connected to the war in Syria: the apparently growing robustness of a Syrian-Iranian-Russian alliance. Speaking to media on Sunday, Ali Akbar Velayati, adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei, stated that "Iran has a duty to reduce tensions between Russia and Turkey".

 

Author: Hanna Notte

10 june
2015
Russian Council

Putin’s Visit to the Holy See – No Miracle in Sight

Author: Paolo Maggiolini, ISPI Research Fellow

 

Putin and Pope Francis meet again after their first encounter in November 2013. This very simple fact already highlights the mutual disposition and interest that exists between Russia and the Vatican for sharing positions and fostering dialogue on a number of different issues, embracing both the religious and the political dimensions. In 2013, the Middle East and the condition of its Christian populations were among the most important issues discussed. This will surely be reiterated. At the same time should be added the current situation in Ukraine. Both cases are integral parts of the “piecemeal World War III” as Pope Francis admonished.

20 may
2015
Russian Council

The Bear in Byzantine – Is Russia Behind Turkey’s Reluctance to Intervene in Syria & Iraq?

Author: Jim Warren, International Political/Contingency/Evacuation Specialist, Freelance Researcher

 

How many times over the last year have we seen news reports on our television screens of the heavy fighting raging along the Turkish/Syrian border as Kurdish forces battled Islamic State (IS) fighters? These reports were usually accompanied by pictures of long lines of static Turkish tanks stretching out on their side of the border like silent brooding sentinels, threatening but inactive. What stopped them from intervening and eradicating the IS threat in the region once and for all?

16 may
2015
Russian Council

Towards a “Greater Asia”? The Prospects of a Sino-Russian Entente

Russia needs to find a way to prevent further political seclusion and secure substantive direct investment. However, Beijing is a problematic candidate for a close and sustainable association with Moscow. For reasons outlined above, China may be, especially for Russia, too challenging an ally. Neither in cultural, nor in economic terms, can China constitute an adequate replacement of the West as Russia’s prime partner. Instead, the risks stemming from conflicting interests and the geographical proximity of the two large countries outweigh the opportunities for a close alliance.

 

Author: Andreas Umland, Dr. phil., Ph. D., is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation in Kyiv, and General Editor of the book series “Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society” published by ibidem Press, Stuttgart and Hannover.

16 april
2015
Russian Council

Ukraine Leverages Turmoil in Central Europe

Authors: Alexander Th. Drivas, Michalis Diakantonis, International Relations Institute of Athens

 

In this short article, we analyze a fictional scenario about the evolution of the Ukrainian issue that includes brinkmanship policies among different states. According to this case, Germany and Russia could not afford a type of frozen conflict because both of them face the Ukrainian issue as a zero-sum game. The lack of nuclear weaponry balance opens a window of opportunity for Russia to project the ultimate threat of violence towards Germany. However, there are a lot of variables that drive this conflict into a brinkmanship situation between Russia and Germany.

27 march
2015
Russian Council

The geopolitical consequences of the Ukraine crisis

Author - Dr Marcin Styszynski, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan (Poland).

 

The current events in Ukraine and developing crisis between the West and Russia have encouraged European countries to diversify their energy sources based so far on Russian supplies. However, the alternative gas projects such as Nabucco Pipeline (Iran, Azerbaijan, Turkey), Trans Adriatic Pipeline – TAP (Azerbaijan, Georgia, Greece) or Galsi Pipeline (Algeria, Italy) are still under construction or haven’t succeeded yet.

20 january
2015
Russian Council

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

Elkhan Nuriyev is a global energy associate at the Brussels Energy Club. He was a DAAD senior policy fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) in 2014.

 

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.

03 october
2014
Russian Council

Ukraine Crisis: Ceasefire Anyone? A Memo for Europe

Author: Masha Mitaeva, MSc Public Policy and Administration Programme (London School of Economics and Political Science).

Three months since the beginning of the Kiev government military operation against anti-government rebels in Ukraine’s south-east, Europe appears to be acting to the detriment of its reputation as a peace and rule-of-law project, as well as its broader economic and trade interests and political goals in the region.

25 september
2014
Russian Council

Publications Review 25.09.2014. Cyber issues, Brazil's economy, Black sea region, Islamic state

This digest features several publication reviews on cyber issues, an edition on Brazilian economic competitiveness, Russian comeback as a naval power in the waters of the Black sea, a new dataset on Pacific transport connectivity and trade exchanges, another extensive analytical piece on transforming monetary system and a closing issue on Islamic state as a possible threat to Africa.

21 august
2014
Russian Council

Publications Review. The Baltic Sea region reacts to Russia

The tension between Russia and the West over Ukraine has caused the Baltic Sea region to reexamine its relationship with its geopolitical neighbor, Russia. Specifically, the nations of this region have begun to evaluate the repercussions of a prolonged Ukrainian crisis and Russian actions in regard to security, economy, energy and even daily life. This region, however, consists of an eclectic group of Nordic countries and former Soviet states, which means that they may not focus on the same issues as the entire European Union or even agree amongst themselves on how to respond. For this reason, the Russian International Affairs Council has provided you with various reports from think tanks and press agencies across the region on various topics to inform our readers of the recent discussions, concerns and recommendations of the diverse Baltic Sea region.

11 july
2014
Russian Council

Carole Nakhle: There is a lot of politics around South Stream

In June 2014 Bulgaria and Serbia announced the suspension of works on the South Stream pipeline. What is the fate of the South stream pipeline in such a situation? Will Bulgaria and Serbia bring economic damage? What does European Commission evaluate the situation on the South Stream pipeline? Dr. Carole Nakhle, Energy Economist, Surrey Energy Economics Centre and Fellow, Carnegie Middle East Centre, offer her views here.