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01 september 2014

Alexander Gabuyev: We Think Very Locally


RIAC Web Portal presents a new Viewpoint column. The aim of the project is to learn what successful people not directly involved in politics think about international events and the challenges of their professions. A conversation with Alexander Gabuyev, deputy editor-in-chief of the Kommersant-Vlast magazine, opens up our series of interviews. In an interview with RIAC, Alexander Gabuyev noted the peculiarities of Russian journalism, revealed his magazine’s approach to covering current international problems, articulated his vision for a high quality analytical periodical, and gave some advice to aspiring international journalists.

29 august 2014

Vitaly Naumkin Director of the RAS Institute for Oriental Studies, RAS Corresponding Member

«Russia keeps eye on Islamic State»

29 august 2014

Dmitry Trenin Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center

«Russia’s New National Strategy»

29 august 2014

A Meeting of Two Ministers: Protocol or a Vigorous Start?


On August 29, 2014, Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Javad Zarif will pay an official visit to Russia, during which he will meet with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. It is anticipated that the ministers will discuss Iran's nuclear program, bilateral cooperation, and the Astrakhan summit of the Caspian littoral states' leaders scheduled for late September 2014. Director of the Center for Energy and Security Studies Anton Khlopkov shares his insights on issues related to the upcoming visit.

28 august 2014

What Will the Power Shift Bring to Turkish Politics and to Turkey-Russia Relations?

Habibe Özdal Researcher at Ankara based think-tank International Strategic Research Organization (USAK)

Hasan Selim Özertem Researcher at Ankara based think-tank International Strategic Research Organization (USAK)


Recep Tayyip Erdogan won the first publicly held presidential elections in the first round. In the aftermath of the elections, Erdogan and the AK Party have chosen to delay the debates on the shift of power as it relates to the government and to the leadership of the party. Even though Erdogan is leaving the office of the Prime Ministry, it is argued that he will try to use the powers vested in him by the constitution to their limits. In this sense, until the general elections in June 2015, blurred lines between the use of power of the prime minister and the president may be observed. Some have even begun to term this interim period as the de facto presidential system.

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26 august 2014

Iranian Experts Are Interested in Scientific Cooperation with Russia


A meeting between RIAC Director General Andrey Kortunov and Masud Marvi, Adviser to the Staff of Iranian Vice President for Science and Technologies, took place at RIAC on 26 August 2014. The parties discussed Russian-Iranian scientific cooperation in the field of oil and gas extraction, the impact of sanctions on a country’s development, including in the energy sector. They paid special attention to the problem of student exchanges between the two countries, noting the trend of diminishing number of Iranian students coming to study in Russia.


27 august 2014

Sergey Lavrov Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

«The truth must be revealed»

27 august 2014

Iraq: What Comes Next?


Breakneck developments in Iraq after the intrusion of the Islamic State movement have triggered a chain of tragic events and radical changes in the Iraqi political arena. We asked Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Alexander Aksenyonok, PhD in Law, to comment on prospects in the near future and on the consequences of Baghdad's political decisions.

26 august 2014

Germany’s New “Culture of Responsibility”

Vladislav Belov Ph.D in Economics, Head of the Country and Regional Researches Department, Head of the German Research Center of the Institute for Europe, the Russian Academy of Sciences


On 20 August 2014, the German leadership (Chancellor Angela Merkel, Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble (all members of the CDU), Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar Gabriel and Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD), after short closed-doors consultations, took the controversial decision to supply arms to the Kurdish Peshmerga, which is involved in an armed conflict with Islamic terrorists. This exception from the existing ban may set a precedent that could potentially change the German doctrine of non-interference in military conflicts.

26 august 2014

Do Not Expect Any Breakthrough

Gevorg Mirzayan Correspondent, Expert magazine, Research fellow of the RAS U.S. and Canadian Studies Institute


Negotiations between Vladimir Putin and Pyotr Poroshenko are due to be held in Minsk on 26 August 2014, however they are not likely to result in the announcement of the peace process in Donbass.

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