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20 february 2017

“Asian Dialogue” at RIAC: Japanese Vision of Trump Administration’s Policy


In 2017 Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) starts a series of events titled “Asian Dialogue” devoted to bilateral and multilateral cooperation of the Asia Pacific states, security problems and a number of the other topics of the regional agenda. The series of meetings started by a discussion with a Japanese expert Mr. Michito Tsuruoka, Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS) of the Ministry of Defense of Japan, Non-Resident Research Fellow of the Tokyo Foundation.

21 february 2017

Tackling the Libyan Crisis


The protracted conflict in Libya that has almost disappeared from the political agenda may deteriorate further and result in a full-scale war. What is the role of France in resolving the crisis in Libya? Russian International Affairs Council asked Ambassador Elisabeth Barbier, Special Envoy of France to Libya, to comment on a political solution for a problem.

20 february 2017

RIAC Holds a Second Expert Meeting on Russia’s Migration Strategy


On February 20th, 2017 a second expert meeting on the elaboration of Russia’s migration strategy in the framework of the joint project of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) and the Center for Strategic Research (CSR) took place at the RIAC.


21 february 2017

The Post-Soviet Space in 2017

Yulia Nikitina PhD in Political Science, associate professor at the School of World Political Processes, research associate at the Center for Post-Soviet Studies, MGIMO University


In 2017, we are likely to see more skirmishes in Nagorno-Karabakh, since neither party learned the lessons from the escalation that took place last spring: information on the truce being periodically breached keeps coming in. Most likely, the conflict will not be resolved, but its escalation into a full-fledged war is unlikely either. As for the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), there is little chance of it changing its stance with regard to the situation, meaning that it will not intervene in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

21 february 2017

Andrey Kortunov Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council, RIAC member

«The Mood of Uncertainty in Munich»

16 february 2017

RIAC Launches a Series of “City Breakfasts” in Fyodor Dostoevsky Library


On February 16, 2017, the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) held the first “city breakfast” in Fyodor Dostoevsky library. Ivan Timofeev, RIAC Director of Programs, and Timur Makhmutov, RIAC Deputy Director of Programs, gave a lecture “the World in 100 years. International affairs forecasting: what is waiting for us in the 22nd century?” The experts discussed the main trends influencing world politics, and suggested possible development options for international affairs.

18 february 2017

Munich Hosts Euro-Atlantic Security Leadership Group Meeting


On February 18, Munich hosted Euro-Atlantic Security Leadership Group meeting within the framework of 53rd Munich Security Conference. The Group aims to discuss practical steps to reduce the threat of military conflict in Europe. It unites heads of state, foreign ministers and members of parliaments of many European countries and the U.S., as well as international organizations representatives, public figures and experts.

17 — 19 february 2017

RIAC at the 53rd Munich Security Conference


On February 17-19, 2017 Munich hosts the 53rd Security Conference, the largest annual non-governmental forum where major politicians and experts discuss key issues on the world agenda. In 2017, the Conference mainly focuses on military and political crises in Syria and Ukraine, the fight against terrorism, the future of the European Union and NATO and relations between Russia and the West. The Conference is attended by Igor Ivanov, RIAC President, and Andrey Kortunov, RIAC Director General. Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and Chairman of the RIAC Board of Trustees, is to speak at the “The Transatlantic Relationship and the International Order” session.

17 february 2017

Ensuring Euro-Atlantic Security

Sam Nunn Co-Chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, Former Democratic US senator

Desmond Browne Vice Chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, Executive Board Member of the European Leadership Network, Former British Defense Secretary

Igor Ivanov President of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (1998–2004)

Wolfgang Ischinger Chairman of the Munich Security Conference


The chasm between Russia and the West appears to be wider now than at any point since the Cold War. But, despite stark differences, there are areas of existential common interest. As we did during the darkest days of the Cold War, Americans, Europeans, and Russians must work together to avoid catastrophe, including by preventing terrorist attacks and reducing the risks of a military — or even nuclear — conflict in Europe.

13 — 14 february 2017

EU–China Cooperation within the “Silk Road Economic Belt” Discussed in Germany


On February 13–14, 2017, a round table “Rethinking Asia: Silk Road Economic Belt — the search for common security interests between the EU and China” was held in Tutzing (Germany). The aim of the event was to discuss the report prepared jointly by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (Germany) and the SIPRI (Sweden) — “The Silk Road Economic Belt: Considering security implications and EU-China cooperation projects.”

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