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03 october 2015

Working Group on Greater Europe meets in Moscow


The Russian International Affairs Council held the latest meeting of the Working Group for the Building Greater Europe project on 2 October. The meeting discussed the prospects for the development of Greater Europe in view of current political conditions, the institutional framework of Greater Europe, opportunities for the OSCE in tackling the Ukraine crisis, and challenges originating in the Middle East region.

02 october 2015

Russia — Egypt: High Expectations

Vladislav Senkovich Expert of the International Economic Cooperation Department of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry


Russia is working hard to bolster its diplomatic, economic and military clout in the Arab world along several tracks, among them through Egypt, a regional leader that has been declared by President Vladimir Putin as "a very promising country". For its part, Cairo is doing its best to expand cooperation with Moscow along political, military-technical, energy, trade, investment and other dimensions. At the same time, the Egyptian market remains highly risky, requiring a balanced analysis of opportunities for Russian-Egyptian cooperation that is offered in this article.


02 october 2015

Herman Gref

Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board of Sberbank of Russia

«Russian Strikes Escalate Crisis»


02 october 2015

Fyodor Lukyanov Editor-in-Chief of Russia in Global Politics magazine, Chairman of the Presidium of the Council for Foreign and Defense Policy

«Fighting evil separately»

01 october 2015

Sergey Ryabkov Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

«BRICS countries plan no dominance in international affairs»


01 october 2015

Migration – A Challenge of Time


Leading figures in migration research shared their expert opinions on the subject and the prospects for its development: Mathias Czaika, Senior Research Officer at the International Migration Institute, Oxford University; Marta Jaroszewicz, Senior Fellow at the Centre for Eastern Studies in Poland; Saodat Olimova, Director of the SHARQ Research Centre in Dushanbe, Tajikistan; and Patrick Taran, President of Global Migration Policy Associates.

01 october 2015

Delegation of Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Center at RIAC


On September 29, 2015, RIAC President Igor Ivanov, Director General Andrey Kortunov and Program Manager Natalia Evtikhevich received Director of Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Center (NOREF) Mariano Aguirre, Ambassador Svein Sevje of Norwegian Foreign Ministry and Carnegie Corporation Vice President Diana Arsenyan.


01 october 2015

Alexey Pushkov Head of State Duma Committee on International Affairs, Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation

«Russia’s bid for leadership to battle terrorism substantiated by actions»


30 september 2015

The Druze State: Another Consequence of the Middle East Crisis

Sergey Balmasov Senior Analyst of the Centre for Crisis Society Studies, Expert of the Middle East Institute, RIAC


Jihadist attacks against the Syrian Druze in June 2015 marked the beginning of a new stage of the Middle East crisis. They prompted the involvement of Israel and Lebanon in the Syrian conflict and revealed a tendency of establishing new states in the region on the ethnic and religious basis.

30 september 2015

Germany Opens its Doors to Refugees, but only Syrians are Welcome

Bruno S. Sergi Professor of International Economics at the University of Messina (Italy) and Center Associate of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies (Harvard University, U.S.)

Giacomo Morabito CEO & Founder Mediterranean Affairs, Ph.D. student in Economics at the University of Messina (Italy)


The German choice to welcome Syrian refugees raises several questions. According to Eurostat, in 2014 most of the asylum burden lay on Germany, Sweden, Italy, France and Hungary; according to FRONTEX, in the period 2010-2014 the majority of migrants heading to EU countries came from Syria, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Eritrea and Serbia. In light of these data, why did Germany decide to open the doors only to Syrian refugees?

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