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23 september 2016

Lost Hopes: 15 Years of Global Antiterrorist Campaign

Sergey Veselovsky PhD in Political Science, Associate Professor at World Politics Department, MGIMO University, RIAC expert

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On September 11, 2001, for the first time since 1941, the United States of America, the world’s most powerful state suffered an attack on its own territory. Never in its history had the US had such truly global support and compassion in its hour of grief. The expectations, too, were great; many experts believed that the events of 9/11 and the global community’s reaction to them offer a unique chance for positive changes in the world. Alas, the chance was lost. The US is now an aggressor whose actions lead to countless tragedies, destruction, and growth of terrorist activity. The war on terror has to be begun anew, based on the current realities of an even more dangerous and unpredictable world.

22 september 2016

Meeting at RIAC with a Delegation of the Center for Policy Analysis and Development of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia

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On September 22, 2016 the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) held a meeting with a delegation of the Center for Policy Analysis and Development of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, led by Leonard Hutabarat, Head of the Center for Policy Analysis and Development on American and European Regions. The Russian side at the meeting was represented by RIAC Deputy Program Director Timur Makhmutov; Sergey Markedonov, Associate Professor, Department of Regional Studies and Foreign Policy, Russian State University for the Humanities; and Sergei Utkin, Head of Department of Strategic Assessment, Centre for Situation Analysis, RAS Institute of World Economy and International Relations.

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22 — 23 september 2016

II International Conference “Migration Crisis: International Cooperation and National Strategies”

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On September 22, 2016 the II International Conference “Migration Crisis: International Cooperation and National Strategies,” organized by the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) and the Russian Federation Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) started its work in Moscow. RANEPA Rector Vladimir Mau and RIAC Program Director Ivan Timofeev spoke at the opening of the Conference.

22 september 2016

France’s New Role in the Arctic

Maria Lagutina Ph.D. in Political Science, Associate Professor at the Global Politics Department of St. Petersburg State University

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In June 2016, France adopted its National Arctic Exploration Programme, which sets out the country’s basic interests in the region and delineates the principal trends and priorities of its Arctic policies in the coming years. In its programme, France defines itself as a polar state and a leading actor in the Arctic, staking its claim to a more active role in the Arctic affairs in the near future. Yet, given the current conditions of Arctic cooperation, will France succeed in fully implementing its strategic goals and tasks? The question remains open.

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22 september 2016

Why a Plan for Future Russia-EU Relations Is Necessary

Natalia Evtikhevich PhD in Political Science, RIAC Program Manager

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Russia and the European Union have traveled a long road in their relations, from the euphoria and anticipation in 1994, when an Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation was signed, to nearly a collapse of relations today. What is vital now is to recognize the “new normal” and come up with principles for future dialogue.

21 september 2016

Experts from India Express Interest in Cooperation with Russian Partners

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On July 21, 2016 RIAC hosted a meeting of the Council’s leadership with representatives of the Vivekananda International Foundation. The discussion focused on the development of cooperation agenda of the two think-tanks.

21 september 2016

Stefan Meister: There is no consensus in the EU on cooperation with the Eurasian Economic Union

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Ever since the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) was established in 2015, many Russian experts argue that stable cooperation between the EEU and the EU could be an efficient tool to improve the relations between Moscow and Brussels. Nevertheless, so far there have been very few contacts between officials of the European and Eurasian economic commissions. Nikolay Markotkin talked with Dr. Stefan Meister, Head of Program on Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia at the Robert Bosch Center, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), who shared his opinion regarding the prospects of enhancing cooperation between the two unions.

20 september 2016

Andrey Kortunov Speaks on the Prospects of Russia-West Relations at DGAP and Brookings Institute Workshop

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On September 20, 2016 an international expert workshop “Lessons of the Ukrainian conflict: Restoration of the European Security or Revision of Its Foundations?” took place in Berlin. The expert workshop, jointly organized by the German Council on Foreign Relations (Die Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik, DGAP) and the US Brookings Institute, became the latest in a series of events, held within the framework of a long-term US-European project on assessing the role of Germany in the future system of European security.

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21 september 2016

French-American Cooperation in Africa: Managing Insecurity?

Dmitry Borisov International Security expert, MA in International Affairs, Sciences Po Paris/MGIMO

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One of the most recent trends in African affairs has been the growing security cooperation between France and the United States, termed by IFRI as “reinforced containment”. A logical response to the many security challenges on the continent, the French-US approach may be creating as many problems as it seeks to fix.

20 september 2016

Singapore–China: Ambiguous Relations

Vasily Kashin PhD in Political Science, Senior Research Fellow at the Center of Strategic Problems of Northeast Asia, SCO and BRICS, University of Far Eastern Studies, RAS, RIAC expert

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Singapore’s policy toward China is largely determined by a set of contradictory, yet ever-present, factors stemming from the demographic situation and the geographical location of the island state. Consequently, Singapore’s government is forced to engage in a permanent and careful balancing act between cooperation with China, which is vital for the island, and constantly distancing itself from it. The dominance of ethnic Chinese among Singapore’s population is by no means a factor that brings Singapore and China together; on the contrary, it is a weighty reason for the above-mentioned distancing.

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