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06 july 2015

Building Trust between Russia and the West — Already Impossible?


Russia and the West have been dwelling upon the extremely difficult and delicate Ukrainian issue for over a year now. And no one knows for how long this matter will determine the Russia-West relations. Mass media are overwhelmed with various suggestions and prognosis for the future. Germany has for long been one of the closest Russian partners in the EU. Now Berlin and Moscow are experiencing one of the coldest periods of their friendship. RIAC has asked one of the German prominent experts, Andreas Metz, Director of Communications in the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations, to share his views on Russia-Ukraine-EU knot and to draw some parallels between Russia and Iran under sanctions.

06 july 2015

Diplomacy Is Too Important to Be Left Just to Diplomats


This year one of the leading American think tanks EastWest Institute celebrates 35 years of its existence. Alongside the grand date EWI is welcoming new CEO, former US Ambassador Cameron Munter. Given his extensive diplomatic career in Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, India and Pakistan, Cameron Munter is hoping to bring a new vision of diplomacy which is not limited to traditional state-to-state concept to EWI. RIAC has asked Ambassador Munter to share his expert opinion on changing nature of diplomacy, Russia-US relations and give insight on the future plans as the new CEO in these turbulent political times.

03 july 2015

North Caucasus — a Wall Against or a Bridge for IS?

Ekaterina Stepanova Lead researcher and head of the Peace and Conflict Studies Unit at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) in Moscow


Amid the vast ocean of Islamist radicalism, the particular focus given to Islamic State (IS) is merited by its role as the main center of gravity in the transformation of transnational violent jihadism today. Before exploring how this phenomenon is linked to and affects Russia in and beyond the North Caucasus and in the broader Eurasian context, and before examining the character, scale and the contextual limits of such links, it makes sense reflect on IS itself and the plethora of views and interpretations of this movement.

02 july 2015

RIAC at Madrid Conference "Understanding Russia: A Tryout for the European Union"


On July 1-2, 2015, RIAC Director General Andrey Kortunov and RIAC expert Professor Irina Busygina of Comparative Political Science Chair at MGIMO-University were in Madrid at conference "Understanding Russia: a Tryout for the European Union" organized by Elcano Royal Institute and Barcelona Centre for International Affairs with support from Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and EU program Europe for Citizens. The event was attended by about one hundred experts, diplomats, journalists and officials from Spain and other European countries.

02 july 2015

RIAC held roundtable "Prospects for Russia-Ukraine Relations"


On July 2, 2015, the Russian International Affairs Council held roundtable "Prospects for Russia-Ukraine Relations" featuring presentation of RIAC's working paper "Ukrainian Challenge for Russia. Opening the event, RIAC Deputy Program Director Timur Makhmutov stressed the significance of an expert analysis for the Ukraine crisis and presented the results of RIAC's Ukraine-related project efforts. Answers to numerous questions and commentaries of the discussants were provided by the working paper team including Alexander Gushchin, Assistant Professor of Post-Soviet Abroad Chair at Russian State University for Humanities; Sergey Markedonov, Assistant Professor of Regional Studies Chair at Russian State University for Humanities; and Assistant Professor of Integration Processes Chair at MGIMO-University Anna Tsibulina.

02 july 2015

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

«In Memory of Yevgeny Primakov»

02 july 2015

Russia and the International Criminal Court: Barriers and Opportunities

Alexey Ilin Recent graduate from The Bush School of Government & Public Service, Texas A&M University, Staff Intern with the Kennan Institute of Wilson Center


The International Criminal Court is the most important institute of contemporary international criminal law. For the first time in history, the international community managed to create a permanent universal court for the most serious crimes. However, 71 member-states of the United Nations, including the United States, Russia and China, still have not acceded to the Court. In the U.S., there has been a substantial academic and policy debate about the utility of ratifying the Rome Statute, Russia hedged off the Court in silence. Therefore, it is important to investigate the reasons why Russia has not ratified the Statute, and give a policy recommendation whether it should or not.

01 july 2015

Vladimir Chizhov Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the European Union

«Transit Gas Through Ukraine Politically Motivated by EU»

25 june 2015

RIAC at Federation Council Hearing


On June 25, 2015, the Federation Council of Russia’s Federal Assembly held hearing “Mechanisms for Pan-European Cooperation: Opportunities for Parliamentary Diplomacy” opened by Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Foreign Affairs Konstantin Kosachev, a RIAC member, and attended by Committee Deputy Chairman Vladimir Jabarov, Chairman of Duma Committee on CIS, Eurasian Integration and Compatriots Leonid Slutsky, MFA officials and top Russian foreign policy experts.

29 june — 01 july 2015

RIAC at Civil BRICS Forum


On June 29 – July 1, 2015, Moscow became the venue of Civil BRICS Forum held within the official program of Russia’s presidency in the organization to bring together civil society leaders and business and government members engaged in healthcare, education, culture and finances. RIAC was represented by its Program Director Ivan Timofeyev who delivered a report at panel Global Challenges of Today and the Role of BRICS in Maintaining Peace and Security.

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