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19 january 2017

Judging the Effects: The Shaping Iranian Perspective on JCPOA and Trump's Options

Abdolrasool Divsallar PhD Candidate of Political Science/Iranian Issues at University of Tehran, Research Fellow at Institute for Middle East Strategic Studies


The second year of Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action implementation is marked with serious uncertainty about its future. Critics in Tehran call the agreement ineffective and Trump considers it to be a historically bad negotiation. But as election days in Tehran approach, it's becoming more important to have a look at Iranian perspective on JCPOA. Iranian Public opinion positively reacted to JCPOA. This article is an inside view to provide a better understanding on how Iranian perception of JCPOA is shaping.

17 — 18 january 2017

Euro-Atlantic Security Leadership Group Meets in London


On January 17-18, another Euro-Atlantic Security Leadership Group meeting was held in London. The event is traditionally organized by Nuclear Threat Initiative with the participation of European Leadership Network. The Group unites former and sitting high-ranking officials, diplomats, government representatives and businessmen from the USA, Great Britain, France, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Netherlands, Sweden and other European countries. The Group meeting discussed latest political events in Europe and the US, current shifts in the public sentiments, possibilities and limitations of international cooperation in the sphere of security. . Igor Ivanov, RIAC President, and Andrey Kortunov, RIAC Director General, participated in the event.

18 january 2017

2017 Foreign Policy Outlook

Ivan Timofeev PhD in Political Science, Director of Programs at Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), Head of "Contemporary State" program at Valdai Discussion Club.


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.

18 january 2017

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

«EU’s Ability to Adopt a Comprehensive Strategy on Russia is Key to Its Influence on US-Russia Relations »

17 january 2017

Russia and China Respond to THAAD

Vasily Kashin PhD in Political Science, Senior Research Fellow at the Center of Strategic Problems of Northeast Asia, SCO and BRICS, University of Far Eastern Studies, RAS, RIAC expert


On January 12, 2017, in Moscow Russia’s and China’s representatives agreed to take joint measures against the US missile-defense system in South Korea. Vasily Kashin shares what missile-defense system deployment on the Korean peninsula would mean for regional security and what countermeasures Moscow and Beijing may take.

16 january 2017

Much Cry and Little Wool

Anastasia Borik Postgraduate student, MGIMO-University


On January 9, Venezuela's National Assembly declared that President Nicolas Maduro had "abandoned his post”. With catchy headlines spreading quickly around the world, the recent vote resulted to be very limited, and the Venezuelan opposition did not manage to make a single step to push the Chavez’s followers away from power.

12 january 2017

A Difficult Peace: The UN and the Challenges of Modern Peacekeeping

Dmitry Borisov International Security expert, MA in International Affairs, Sciences Po Paris/MGIMO


As the saying goes, peace, like war, must be waged, and the United Nations (UN) has been at the forefront of this battle for almost 70 years. From the UN Emergency Force (UNEF), the first ever peacekeeping mission set up in 1956 at the height of the Suez crisis, to the 2014 UN mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), UN peacekeeping (UNPK) continues to change and adapt to the constantly evolving dynamics of conflict. With at least 40 active conflicts around the world today according to the IISS Armed Conflict Database, the need for UN peacekeeping is as acute as ever, but the institution itself is in flux.

11 january 2017

Ukraine: 25 Years of Missed Opportunities

Aleksandr Gushchin PhD in History, Associate Professor, Department of Post-Soviet Countries, Russian State University for the Humanities, RIAC expert


2016 has in many respects been a milestone year for the region that is conventionally referred to as the post-Soviet space. It marks 25 years since the disintegration of the USSR and the creation of the new independent states. Almost everywhere in the region this quarter of a century has been extremely rich in socio-political changes. Ukraine occupies a special place even against this background as a unique example of large-scale transformations. Recent events in the country demonstrate that the very model of Ukrainian statehood is full of hidden traps and pitfalls, and that the Ukrainian elites have in many instances been unable to cope with the mission of ensuring the development of society and the government, which has resulted in a number of serious crises.

11 january 2017

Vitaly Naumkin Director of the RAS Institute for Oriental Studies, RAS Full Member, RIAC member

«Middle East-2016»

11 january 2017

Andrey Kortunov Meets with Danish Diplomats


On January 11, Danish diplomats who arrived on a working visit in Moscow, visited RIAC. The delegation included Steen Norlov, International Trade Policy and Analysis Department, and Kristian Rasmussen, Senior Advisor, European Neighborhood Policy Department. Danish diplomats were informed about Council's activity in European security and cooperation field as well as about the prospects in the Russia-NATO and Russia-EU relations. The parties exchanged their opinions on regional conflicts settlement as well as the possible dynamics of regional and world politics development against the background of the recent political changes in the US and European states.

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