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08 february 2016

Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: Minsk Process as a Path to Settlement

Vladimir Evseev PhD in Engineering, Senior Research Fellow, Head of the CIS Institute Department of Eurasian Integration and SCO Development


Amidst the use of heavy weapons against civilians and others, the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh continues to deteriorate. The current status quo in the conflict zone is no longer stable, making the implementation of even the updated Madrid Principles irrelevant. Under such circumstances, it makes sense to conclude an agreement between the warring parties overseen by the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group on the pullout of heavy and light weapons from actual line of contact, in a similar way to the Minsk II package of measures.

05 february 2016

Syria Talks: Fear and Loathing in Geneva

Yuri Barmin Analyst on Russia and its Middle East policy, MPhil International Relations, University of Cambridge, RIAC expert


After a week of confusion and failed attempts to bring warring sides to the table, Syria peace talks that had begun in Geneva on January 25 2016 were suspended till late February on Thursday. This may be a much-needed break that may help prevent the wider negotiating process from being derailed. In other words the battle is lost but the war is not over.

05 february 2016

The Migration Collapse in Austria Threatens to Hit the Schengen Area

Vadim Trukhachev Professor of Foreign Regions Chair at Russian State University for Humanities, Expert on history of CEE countries


Austria is generally considered to be one of the most peaceful countries in Europe. But the problem of Muslim migrants has hit the Austrian people. On New Year’s Eve, migrants from the Middle East and North Africa were responsible for an unprecedented wave of violence in the country. As a result, the Austrian government is prepared to rip up one of the foundations of the European Union – the Schengen Agreement.

04 february 2016

Members of the Valdai Club and RIAC Meet with Henry Kissinger


On February 3, 2016 members of the Valdai International Discussion Club met in Moscow with former US Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger. The meeting was attended by several RIAC members, namely Chairman of the Board of Directors of ABH Holdings S.A. and member of the Board of Directors of Alfa-Bank (Russia) Petr Aven; RIAC Director General Andrey Kortunov; Director of RAS Institute of Oriental Studies and RAS Corresponding Member Vitaly Naumkin; and Dmitry Peskov, Deputy Head of the RF Presidential Administration, Press Secretary of the RF President.

04 february 2016

Sergey Lavrov Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Chairman of Board of Trustees of RIAC

«Interview with Italian magazine Limes, published on February 4, 2016 »

04 february 2016

China 100 Years Down the Line: Before and After the War of Asia

Artyom Lukin PhD in Political Science, Deputy Director of the School for Regional and International Studies, Far Eastern Federal University

Andrey Gubin PhD in Political Science, Director of Scientific Programs of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies at Regional Centre for Asia-Pacific Studies, Assistant Professor at the International Relations Department of Far Eastern Federal University, RIAC Expert


What will “post-war” China look like at the turn of the 22nd century? We can with a certain amount of confidence say that the “Celestial Empire” will retain its place on the global political map, unlike many states that exist today but will sink into oblivion. The postmodern era will finally be ushered in. But it will be a specifically Chinese style of postmodernism, one that may be far removed from its western antecedents.

04 february 2016

Schengen: The Point of No Return is Getting Closer and Closer

Viktor Katona Oil Supply Specialist at MOL Group, RIAC expert


Contrary to the expectations of Euro-optimists, the 30-year anniversary of the Schengen Agreement (signed on June 14, 1985) was not marked by a celebration of the creation of a unique free movement zone. The celebratory mood was overshadowed by the largest refugee crisis of the 21st century in the European Union. Until recently, disputes arising between states within the European Union boiled down to how to build a pan-European policy, with refugees entering Germany, France and other western countries. Now the crisis is threatening the Schengen Area as a whole.

03 february 2016

Too Old to Die Young

Carlyle A. Thayer Emeritus Professor, The University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra


The Vietnam Communist Party (VCP) held its 12th National Congress in Hanoi from 20-28 January. The foreign news media devoted the lion’s share of attention on the contestation for the post of VCP Secretary General between incumbent Nguyen Phu Trong and challenger Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. The real issue was not about ideological differences but about collective leadership by the party over the government apparatus and Cabinet.

03 february 2016

Iran Is Making a Comeback

Vladimir Sazhin PhD in History, RAS Institute of Oriental Studies


Less than a month has passed since the provisions of the Iran nuclear deal were put in force and the sanctions against the country lifted. And Hassan Rouhani has wasted no time in developing Iran’s ties with the outside world, first welcoming the President of the People’s Republic of China on his official visit to Tehran and then setting off on a European tour himself. Now free from the burden of the sanctions, Iran, whose economy almost collapsed entirely in 2012, does not want to lose any more time and is determined to expand cooperation with its international partners.

03 february 2016

Andrey Kortunov Speaks at Athens Energy Forum


The Athens Energy Forum 2016 organized by the New York Times took place in the Greek capital on February 2–3. The Forum dealt with issues related to global and European energy, the geopolitics of transporting energy resources, the dynamics of oil and gas prices, the energy strategy of the European Union and Greece, climate change and the development of alternative energy sources. Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council Andrey Kortunov spoke at the Forum on the status and prospects of energy cooperation between Russia and the European Union.

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