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21 march 2017

Science Diplomacy and Its Contribution to the International Cooperation in the Arctic Discussed at RIAC

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On March 21, 2017 Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) hosted an expert discussion “Science Diplomacy: US-Russia Cooperation in the Arctic”. Paul Berkman, Coordinator of Arctic Options and Pan-Arctic Options, Professor of Practice in Science Diplomacy of Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Director of US-Russia Relations Project supported by the Carnegie Corporation, was the keynote speaker of the event. Leading experts on international cooperation in the Arctic took part in the event.

23 march 2017

The US Submarine Force and the Growing Russia-US Animosity

Prokhor Tebin PhD in Political Science, RIAC expert

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In June 2016, Proceedings, the US leading naval magazine, published an article by Vice Admiral James Foggo, a Commander of the US 6th fleet, and Alarik Fritz, a senior research scientist at the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA). The article titled “The Fourth Battle of the Atlantic” is dedicated to the growing threat posed by the Russian submarine fleet and to the measures the US needs to take to counteract the threat. Foggo and Fritz write that once again, “an effective, skilled, and technologically advanced Russian submarine force is challenging” the US.

15 — 16 march 2017

Russia – Japan – U.S.: Current Aspects of Trilateral Relations

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On March 15–16, 2017, the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) held a roundtable “Russia – Japan – U.S. Trilateral Dialogue”.The roundtable was started with a discussion on the Russia-Japan relations from the perspective of Japan-U.S. interaction and the new U.S. administration. The participants repeatedly noted that President Putin’s visit to Tokyo in December, 2016 and the meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe marked significant progress in Moscow-Tokyo relations, yet some persisting obstacles on the path to the rapprochement remain present.

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23 march 2017

A Roadmap for U.S.-Russia Relations

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The CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program and the Russian International Affairs Council are pleased to present the findings from their forthcoming report, "A Roadmap for U.S.-Russia Relations." This project, undertaken during a period of significant tension and distrust in the bilateral relationship, brought together a bi-national group of experts to develop clear and actionable paths forward for U.S.-Russian cooperation in key areas critical to the security and prosperity of both countries. At this launch event, we will discuss some of the key recommendations of the report in the context of today's still evolving—and still challenging—dynamic.

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22 march 2017

Could the Ukraine Crisis Trigger a New Cold War?

Ferit Temur PhD Candidate in International Relations, specialist in Russian and Eurasian Affairs, Turkey

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Even after Trump was elected to the office of President, his continued positive statements about Russia has strengthened expectations that relations between the US and Russia would get better. However, expectations for the normalisation of relations between the two countries have been dampened due to an array of issues. One was the recent resignation of Trump’s National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, on allegations that ‘bargains’ were made during a phone call between him and Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak. A recent statement from the White House that President Trump expects Crimea to be returned to Ukraine did not alleviate this disappointment. In addition, the decision to recognize the ‘passports’ of the secessionist Donetsk and Lugansk regions by Vladimir Putin against backdrop of the decision taken at the NATO summit to increase the military deployment to the Black Sea signals that new and serious tensions may be on the horizon.

14 march 2017

The Iranian Ambassador Mehdi Sanai: there has never been such a favorable period in the relations between Russia and Iran

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On March 14th 2017, the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) held a round table at the Media Center of “Rossiya Segodnya” on Russia-Iran relations, aiming at analyzing the present stage and the prospects for a further development. The event was attended by RIAC President and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation from 1998 to 2004 Igor Ivanov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Russia Mehdi Sanai and leading international experts from the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Institute for Iran-Eurasian Studies (IRAS) and the Center for International Studies and Education under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran (IPIS).

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21 march 2017

Russia’s Political Agenda in the Post-Soviet Space

Irina Bolgova PhD in History, Post-Soviet Studies Center at the MGIMO University

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Russia’s current policy in the post-Soviet space is a key part of its global strategy. The positioning of Russia in the international arena and the emergence of new rules for the world order that are seen as a precondition for the stable development of the country depend on the implementation of foreign policy goals in Russia’s immediate geographical surroundings. Successful completion of the integration project is thought to be an indispensable condition for creating an independent and self-sufficient centre in the global economy, hence the basis for the emergence of a real, undeclared poly-centricity of the global political system.

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20 march 2017

RIAC Discusses Russia’s and Japan’s Approaches to Building Multilateral Cooperation in East Asia

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On March 20, 2017, in the framework of the Asian Dialogue, the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) held an expert meeting with Yuichi Hosoya, professor of Keio University, Senior Researcher at the Institute for International Policy Studies (IIPS), Senior Fellow at the Tokyo Foundation (TKFD). Participants of the meeting discussed the role of Russia and Japan in multilateral institutions in East Asia and promoting security in the region, traditional and non-traditional security threats and prospects for Russia and Japan joint activities, possible input of Moscow and Tokyo in decreasing tensions in the South China Sea region, Korean Peninsula issue and the prospects for forming a multilateral security system in East Asia.

20 march 2017

Francis Fukuyama: We Need a Common Threat

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On March 14–16, Berkeley hosted Global Cyberspace Cooperation Summit organized by East West Institute and attended by over 150 experts, government and business representatives from a number of countries. RIAC website editor Maria Smekalova had a chance to ask Francis Fukuyama, the author of best-selling “The End of History and the Last Man” and Stanford University professor, about the crises global community faces as well as decline of traditional media following his speech at the event.

16 march 2017

RIAC experts explained how Russians and Japanese perceive each other

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On March 16th, 2017, the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) held a second “City-breakfast” from the Urbi et Orbi series at the F.M. Dostoevsky library. The topic of the open lecture was "The image of Russia in Japan and the image of Japan in Russia."
Sergey Agafonov (Editor-in-chief of OGONYOK magazine) and Sergey Chugrov (Professor at the Department of International Journalism of MGIMO under the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chief Editor of the magazine “Polis. Political Studies” and RIAC expert) explained to the audience how the perception of Russia in Japan, as well as the perception of Japan in Russia, have changed and how one could ensure communication between two states in “one language”.

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