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22 july 2014

Building Bridges with Buddhism: The Sino-Indian Experience

Sudha Ramachandran Independent journalist and researcher

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Over a millennium after its decline and virtual disappearance from India, Buddhism is making a comeback in the land of its birth. It has emergedas an important component of Delhi’s soft power diplomacy. Buddhism’s geographic spread, growing popularity, and image as a peaceful religion have contributed to its richness as a soft power tool, prompting several Asian countries like China, Japan, and South Korea to deploy it in their diplomacy.

22 july 2014

Igor Ivanov RIAC President, from 1998 to 2004, RF Minister of Foreign Affairs, Professor of MGIMO-University, RAS Corresponding Member

«¿Qué futuro le espera a Kiev?»

21 july 2014

Dmitry Trenin Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center

«Ukraine and the aftermath of the downing of flight MH17»

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21 july 2014

Perpetuating the memory of the “forgotten war” and dilemmas of Russian political identity

Olga Malinova Dr. of Philosophy, Senior Research Fellow RAS INION, Professor, MGIMO University, Professor, Higher School of Economics, Honorary President, Russian Political Science Association

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In recent years, the Russian authorities have been referring more and more often to the country’s “thousand-year-old history”. Not only does this formula set a chronological framework, but it also distils the principle of the narrative enunciated by the state leaders, that is, the historical scheme into which concrete events are fitted. This provides the context of the recent decisions aimed at reviving the memory of World War I.

18 july 2014

RIAC Launches Cooperation with Karachi Council on Foreign Relations

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This month, the Russian International Affairs Council signed a cooperation agreement with the Karachi Council on Foreign Relations. The two think tanks are about to hold joint international conferences, roundtables and workshops, and lectures by visiting scholars in Russian and Pakistani universities, as well as to exchange research papers. RIAC is also planning to open a Pakistani blog on its website.

18 july 2014

Mikhail Margelov Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs, Special Representative of the RF President on Cooperation with African Countries

«Russia-West-East»

18 july 2014

Dmitry Trenin Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center

«Malaysia and Ukraine»

17 july 2014

Indonesian Delegation at RIAC

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On July 17, 2014, the Russian International Affairs Council hosted an expert meeting with representatives of Indonesian Foreign Ministry and Embassy in Moscow with participation of RIAC Director General Andrey Kortunov and Deputy Program Director Timur Makhmutov, Endang Sri Agustini, Deputy Director of Indonesian Foreign Ministry Center for Policy Analysis and Development on American and European Regions; Adella Virosa, officer of the Eastern and Central European Section; and Visnu Broto, Third Secretary of the Protocol and Consular Section; as well as Russian experts, among them Viktor Sumsky, Director of ASEAN Center at MGIMO and Sergey Utkin, Head of Department of Strategic Assessment at RAS Center for Situation Analysis.

18 july 2014

The Ukrainian Transatlantic Solidarity Vaccine

Igor Istomin PhD in Political Science, Senior Lecturer, Department of Applied International Analysis, MGIMO University

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The Ukrainian crisis has strengthened transatlantic unity. The key element of the new consensus is the increased involvement of the United States in European problems and the consolidation of its allies. Unity has been achieved through the all-but-forgotten opposition of Russia to the Euro-Atlantic community. This is a worrisome situation for Moscow, because it reduces its room for manoeuvre. At the same time, the current compromise is contextual and exceptional, because the fundamental contradictions between the countries in the Euro-Atlantic space are still there.

17 july 2014

The US and Russia Need Each Other Now More Than Ever

Igor Ivanov RIAC President, from 1998 to 2004, RF Minister of Foreign Affairs, Professor of MGIMO-University, RAS Corresponding Member

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Never have post-Cold War relations between Russia and the U.S. sunk to such a nadir. Bilateral contacts in almost all spheres and at all levels are either frozen, suspended or sluggish at best. The two sides are competing to best each other by their hostile rhetoric, while the mutual suspicion and negative perceptions have moved beyond the political elites towards shaping the public mood in both countries.

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