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30 january 2015

Sergey Lavrov Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

«Russia’s Priorities in Europe and the World»

30 january 2015

When Friends Can’t Agree

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

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The foreign ministers of Russia, the Federal Republic of Germany, France and Ukraine met in Berlin on 21 January, 2014. The “Normandy format” meeting of the foreign ministers took place in the context of escalating armed conflict in the Donbass region. The talks in Berlin were effectively the last chance of a peaceful settlement, and if this failed the likelihood of a further escalation of the conflict would be guaranteed.

29 january 2015

Information as a Factor of U.S. Smart Strategy

Pavel Sharikov Director of the Applied Research Center at the RAS Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies

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Last Tuesday, President Obama delivered the annual State of the Union speech which outlined the policies of the U.S. administration for the final quarter of his presidency. Of particular interest seem to be Mr. Obama's views on the role and place of the United States in the modern world and U.S. global strategy in the 21st century. The president's prescription of smart leadership for the two years to come has been formulated by the words of Joseph Nye who in the early 2000s said that the most efficient foreign policy can be found in smart power generated by a combination of soft and hard components.

28 january 2015

The Great Silk Road: From Sea to Sea

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China's concept of the Great Silk Road has recently been attracting a great deal of international attention, particularly in Russia since last year seems to have been pivotal in the bilateral relationship. What role does the Great Silk Road play in Russia-China relations? What resources has Beijing directed toward the full-scale implementation of this project? What reaction can we expect from other countries? These are some of the questions we put to Sergey Luzyanin.

27 january 2015

Isak Froumin: "Unified State Exam Is a Step in the Right Direction"

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In an interview with RIAC Program Director Ivan Timofeev and Senior Analyst at the Skoltech Space Center Jaroslaw Menshenin, Academic Supervisor of the HSE Institute of Education Isak Froumin, shares his insights on the importance of studying non-linear systems, the values of free action, as well as on which occupations are set to change and how.

20 — 23 january 2015

Russia-Georgia Expert Dialogue as a Crisis Management Model

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On January 20-23, 2014, Istanbul hosted a regular expert meeting within the project "Assistance to Russia-Georgia Dialogue" implemented by RIAC and Georgian International Center for Conflicts and Negotiations (ICCN) with support of the Swiss government.

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26 january 2015

Ukraine Crisis More Dangerous Than Cold War

Igor Ivanov RIAC President, RF Minister of Foreign Affairs (1998–2004), Professor of MGIMO-University, RAS Corresponding Member

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Since the crisis in Ukraine began, many have claimed that a new Cold War between Russia and the West already exists. This rhetoric, used even by high-profile politicians, in my opinion, is driven mostly by emotions and is meant to justify difficult positions taken by one or the other side.

26 january 2015

Sergey Lavrov Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

«Sergey Lavrov’s Address and Annual News Conference on Russia’s Diplomatic Performance in 2014»

26 january 2015

Yemeni Islamists’ Triumph

Leonid Issaev General and Russian History Department of the Higher School of Economics

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Nasr al-Ansi, a commander of the predominantly Yemen-based terrorist organisation al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), recently made a statement in which he announced the organisation’s involvement in the shootings of the Charlie Hebdo editorial staff on 7 January, 2015 in Paris.

26 january 2015

The Second Front of Islamic Terrorism

Sergei Veselovsky Associate Professor at World Politics Department, MGIMO University, RIAC expert

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After the recent Paris massacre, countering Islamic terrorism is once again the centerpiece of the European security agenda, with massive marches in support of the terrorism victims held for the first time after the bombings in Spain on September 11, 2004. EU leaders are ready to discuss a new antiterrorist package aimed at averting another tragedy.

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