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28 february 2017
27 february 2017
16 february 2017
It is safe to assume that António Guterres, who assumed the office of the UN Secretary-General on January 1, 2017, will be able to bring positive momentum to the activities of the global organization. One can say this because during his ten-year tenure as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (2005–2015), he was extremely successful in cutting down the excessive bureaucracy at the agency he fronted in Geneva. Guterres visited conflict zones, which inspired his staff members to venture out of their cosy offices and work “in the field,” as their mandate indeed requires. This approach is also strikingly different from that of Guterres’ predecessor, Ban Ki-Moon, who, as we know, refrained from participating personally in conflict resolution.
18 january 2017
Most foreign policy forecasts open with statements about the uncertainty of the international situation. This is a convenient starting point, as it allows the analyst to hide behind and avoid taking responsibility for his or her forecasts. But if we really want to get an idea about what might await us in the future, we have to understand the “corridors of certainty”, which are visible for 2017. They are far from rosy and speak about the necessity to develop fundamentally new solutions to the accumulated problems.
11 january 2017
The year 2016 is important for understanding the changes in the international arena that started two years before. It was in 2016 that we began to see the new reality – the more or less clear contours of the future – take shape. Let’s analyze the contours of this new reality.
10 december 2016
On December 10, London School of Economics under the auspices of Dahrendorf Forum held an international seminar "Quo Vadis Global actors? US, EU, Russia between Liberal Order and Neorealism". The seminar was attended by experts in theory of international relations from Great Britain, other European countries and the United States. Russia was represented by Andrey Kortunov, RIAC Director General, and Sergey Utkin, RIAC expert, Head of "Foreign policy and Security" Department in Center for Strategic Research.
05 december 2016
In his extremely interesting and thought-provoking article, Andrey Kortunov identifies the three main components of the “liberal world order”: rationality, normativity and openness. While in my opinion, not a single manifestation of human activity, especially one as complicated and intricate as international relations, can be reduced to one or two ‘overarching theories,’ whether it be liberalism, realism or the Big Mac Index, one question in particular arises upon reading Mr. Kortunov’s article: What makes normativity inherent to liberalism? Are norms liberal?
14 — 16 november 2016
On November 14-16 Astana hosted the second meeting of Astana Club, an international discussion platform, organized by the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – the Leader of the Nation. The event brought together political analysts, diplomats, economists, and social activists from over 20 countries, who discussed a number of Eurasian and global development issues.
09 november 2016
Recently, western media and some Russian academics have stepped up their criticism of BRICS and expressed doubts regarding the association’s prospects. Experts claimed that the Goa Summit would be a routine one, and the Five itself would lose steam, and its influence on the global arena would fizzle. In fact, the leaders of the five countries confirmed their intentions to expand their interaction within BRICS and to promote its further strengthening, especially in the political area, which is of particular significance for Russia given the conflict with the West.
24 — 27 october 2016
On October 24-27, 2016 Sochi hosted the 13th annual meeting of the Valdai international Discussion Club, co-founded by the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC). The theme of the conference in 2016 was “The Future in Progress: Shaping the World of Tomorrow.”
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