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20 october 2014

A Cold Peace? West-Russia Relations in Light of the Ukraine Crisis

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On October 20, 2014, RIAC Director General Andrey Kortunov and Director of RAS Institute for European Studies Alexei Gromyko, a RIAC member, visited Rome to attend an international conference on relations between Russia and the West in the Ukraine context held by the Instituto Affari Internazionali and Center on the United States and Europe of the Brookings Institution with support of the Italian Foreign Ministry. The audience included over fifty experts, journalists and diplomats, as well as representatives of NGOs and private foundations from Italy and other European countries, the United States and Russia, who discussed the role of Moscow in formation of the new world order, interaction between Russia and NATO, and regional dimensions in the Russia-West relationship.

20 october 2014

Towards Greater Europe through Humanitarian Cooperation?

Andrei Kortunov Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council

Irina Busygina Doctor of Political Science, Professor of the Comparative Politics Department, MGIMO University

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Has the crisis in Ukraine completely erased the idea of Greater Europe from the agendas of politicians and analysts in the West and the East of our continent? Pessimism appears to be reigning all over Europe these days. Indeed, with people being killed every day in the very center of Europe, any talk of a new all-European security system might come off as inappropriate, if not irrelevant. With the EU and Russia exchanging sanctions and trade restrictions, how can we realistically discuss any common economic space stretching from Lisbon to Vladivostok?

20 october 2014

The Customs Union: Is There a Place for Asia?

Elena Kuzmina PhD in Political Science, head of the post-Soviet countries’ economic development section at the Institute of Economics, RAS

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When talking about the desire of a number of countries to expand their cooperation in trade and manufacturing with the countries of the Customs Union and to sign a free trade zone agreement with it, we should note that official talks on this subject are currently only taking place with Vietnam. According to Cao Quoc Hung, Vietnam’s Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, the two sides have already reached the agreement on issues concerning the exchange of investment and services.

17 october 2014

RIAC Cooperating with Turkish Global Relations Forum

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On October 17, 2014, RIAC and Turkish Global Relations Forum held a working meeting with participation of RIAC Director General Andrey Kortunov, RIAC Member Ambassador Pyotr Stgegny, Deputy Program Director Timur Makhmutov, Program Manager Lyudmila Filippova, former Turkish ambassador to NATO and United Nations Umit Pamir, Forum's President Memduh Karakullukcu's and Programs Director Nigar Agaogullari.

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17 october 2014

RIAC Members and Experts Meet Indian Diplomats

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On October 17, 2014, a group of RIAC members and experts met Indian Ambassador in Russia P.S. Raghavan and several senior diplomats from the Indian Embassy. The session was attended by RIAC Director General Andrey Kortunov, Dean of World Politics Department of Moscow State University Andrey Kokoshin, Director of Carnegie Moscow Center Dmitry Trenin, Ambassador Gleb Ivashentsev, and Vladimir Sotnikov, Senior Research Fellow of International Security Center at RAS Institute of World Economy and International Relations and Middle and Near East Department at RAS Institute for Oriental Studies.

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20 october 2014

Kim Jong-un, the Mystery Man

Konstantin Asmolov Leading Research Fellow at the Korean Studies Center, RAS Institute for Far Eastern Studies

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The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) is still closed to the progressive media and remains in the crosshairs of Western propaganda that frequently seeks to amuse the global audience in exaggerated representations of the reality. Just remember reporting on the shootout in the Yellow Sea between the two Koreas on October 7 that sparked an avalanche of commentary about the "escalating military clashes." In order to understand how far the coverage is from reality, let us turn to the facts.

17 october 2014

The Resolution of the Cyprus Conflict: A Catalyst for East Mediterranean Security and Cooperation

Antonia Dimou RIEAS Senior advisor based in Athens, Greece and Associate at the Centre for Strategic Studies, University of Jordan

John Nomikos Director of the Research Institute for European and American Studies based in Athens, Greece

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The resolution of the Cyprus conflict poses a major challenge given that it is at core not only of solving regional disputes but most importantly of western security strategies. These strategies are outlined in the post-Arab spring era in light of the Syrian conflict, the collapse of Turkey’s foreign policy of “zero-problems-with neighbours”, and the emergence of radical organisations like ISIS that have become powerful in the East Mediterranean.

16 october 2014

Russia and Georgia Are No Hostages to Ukraine Conflict

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On October 16, 2014, RIAC held a regular expert meeting under its project "Assistance to Russia-Georgia Dialogue", with the Georgian side represented by the International Center on Conflicts and Negotiations (ICCN) and the initiative supported by the government of Switzerland. Experts underlined that Russia and Georgia are no victims to the Ukraine situation despite Moscow's differences with the West. The formats developed during the past several years are still effective, although there is room for their expansion, bearing in mind the emerging dialogue between the Official Secretary of the Russian MFA and Special Representative of Georgian Prime Minister on Russia.

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16 october 2014

Russia and Ukraine: Corridor of Opportunities

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On October 16, 2014, RIAC held an event devoted to the situational analysis "Russia and Ukraine: Corridor of Opportunities" opened by RIAC Program Director Ivan Timofeev and moderated by Sergey Markedonov, Associate Professor of Department of Regional Studies and Foreign Policy at the Russian State University for the Humanities. The meeting was attended by key experts on Ukraine and Russia's relations with Europe and the United States, who offered their assessments of the domestic situation in Ukraine and possible settlement of the crisis.

16 october 2014

RIAC Receives Latvian Diplomats

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On October 16, 2014, RIAC Director General Andrey Kortunov met Astra Kurme, Latvian Ambassador to Moscow, and Reinis Brusbardis, Third Secretary to discuss issues related to Latvia's EU presidency in the first half of 2015, possible ways to overcome the crisis in relations between Moscow and Brussels, and improving the efficiency of Russian-Latvian cooperation. The sides also reached a preliminary agreement to organize joint events.

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