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08 december 2016

Andrey Kortunov Gave a Lecture in London School of Economics

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On December 8, Andrey Kortunov, RIAC Director General, delivered a public lecture in London School of Economics «The Kremlin’s logic: evolution of relations between Russia and the West». The lecture was attended by London School of Economics’ and other British universities’ professors and PhD students, think tank representatives, government officials and journalists.

07 december 2016

Seminar «Russia and the West — Building a new Modus Vivendi?»

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On December 7, 2016 Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) in cooperation with the Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia at the DGAP, the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University and the Robert Bosch Stiftung held a seminar «Russia and the West-Building a new Modus Vivendi?». The seminar agenda covered the following issues: security relations; economic and energy relations; the challenge of Eastern Europe for Russian-Western relations; new agenda for Western relations with Russia.

08 december 2016

Italian Referendum Result: A Headache for Rome, or for Brussels?

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

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From the dim and distant days of the early Republic up to the era of the late Empire, the bright red standards of the Roman legions always bore four big letters embroidered in gold — SPQR. Historians still disagree over what this abbreviation means, but the majority share the view that SPQR stands for Senatus Populus Quiritium Romanus or Senatus Populusque Romanus — the Senate and Citizens of Rome or the Senate and People of Rome. It is significant that both these phrases start not with “the people” or “the citizens” but with “the Senate” in the sense of the chief symbol and foundation of Roman statehood. It was against the Senate — to be precise, the Italian Senate rather than the Roman one of old — that Prime Minister Matteo Renzi pitted himself in the 4 December referendum.

07 december 2016

Migration Crisis: International Cooperation and National Strategies

Vladimir Malakhov Doctor of Political Science, Leading researcher, RAS Institute of Philosophy

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Migration has moved to the top of the global political agenda in recent times. The unprecedented influx of refugees to Europe, on the one hand, and the high rate of South–North economic migration on the other, have led to sharp political and public opinion divisions. Over the last year-and-a-half, the expressions “migration crisis” and “refugee crisis” have become firmly lodged in the political and journalist discourse. However, to what extent does the term “crisis” reflect the real state of affairs?

07 december 2016

The Northern Sea Route: National Regime in the Changing International Context

Julia Bobrova Ph.D. in Law, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law under the Government of the Russian Federation

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Both the Arctic states and other members of the global community are becoming increasingly interested in the Arctic. The issues of developing the Northern Sea Route (NSR) and the legal regulation of navigation in its waters are pending both for the Russian interests and in the international context, especially since the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code) comes into force on 1 January 2017.

06 december 2016

Andrey Kortunov Had a Meeting with the Head of Singapore Diplomatic Mission

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On December 6 Andrey Kortunov, RIAC Director General, had a meeting with Lim Kheng Hua, Head of Singapore Diplomatic Mission, and Seah Seow Chen, Deputy Ambassador. During the meeting the following issues were discussed: the current state and development trends of the trade, economic, and financial relations in the Asia Pacific region including the opportunities for free-trade zone formation between Singapore and the Eurasian Economic Union.

05 december 2016

Russian Policy in Asia-Pacific Discussed at the Expert Meeting in New Zealand Embassy

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On December 5 the Embassy of New Zealand to Russia hosted a meeting for Andrey Kortunov, RIAC Director General, Alexander Gabuyev, RIAC expert, head of the “Russia in Asia–Pacific” program of the Carnegie Moscow Center, and other Russian experts with Jeff Langley, Deputy Minister for Europe, Middle East and Africa Affairs and Jocelyn Woodley, Senior Adviser on European issues to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

06 december 2016

Igor Ivanov President of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (1998–2004)

«We do not have any serious bilateral discussions of nuclear matters between Moscow and Washington. We should restore communication lines.»

05 december 2016

International Conference «Hypocrisy vs Democracy: Insincerity Destroying the Global Order after the Cold War»

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On December 5 Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, Institute of socio-economic and political researches (ISEPR Foundation), Centre for Liberal Strategies (Sofia) with the support of National Research University Higher School of Economics held an International Conference «Hypocrisy vs Democracy: Insincerity Destroying the Global Order after the Cold War». About forty experts, journalists and diplomats from Russia, the USA, Bulgaria, Greece, the UK, and Turkey took part in the conference.

01 — 03 december 2016

Preservation of the World Cultural Heritage Issues Discussed at V St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum

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On December 1–3 St. Petersburg hosted the V International Cultural Forum. The event was organized by the Government of the Russian Federation, the Government of St. Petersburg with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and brought together politicians, journalists, and art community from 82 countries of the world. Greece became the guest country at 2016 Forum.

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