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29 july 2016

Europe under Aegis

Prokhor Tebin PhD in Political Science, RIAC expert


In May 2016, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency announced that its ballistic missile defence (BMD) base at Deveselu, Romania, had been put into operation. This marked the second phase of the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) announced by Barack Obama in 2009. Immediately thereafter, construction of a similar base in Redzikowo, Poland began as part of the third EPAA phase. These events force us once again to reflect on the potential threat that the United States’ current plans to deploy BMD in Europe poses to Russia’s national security.

27 july 2016

The Daredevils of Sasun

Michael Zolyan Ph.D. in History, Associate Professor, Yerevan State Linguistic University


For a whole week now, Armenia has been in the midst of a political crisis triggered by the seizure of a police regiment building in the Yerevan district of Erebuni by a group of armed men calling themselves Sasna Tsrer early on the morning of July 17, 2016. Any misstep on the part of the authorities or their opponents would be enough for the situation to spiral out of control. Unless proper conclusions are drawn, the consequences could be dire not only for Armenia, but for the region as a whole.

27 july 2016

Konstantin Kosachyov Member of the Federation Council of the RF Federal Assembly, Chairman of the Committee on International Affairs, RIAC Member

«NATO-Russia Council Lacks Efficiency»

27 july 2016

Turkey’s Pivot: Back on the Path to “Zero Problems with its Neighbours”?

Ruslan Mamedov MGIMO-University Graduate Student


Turkey’s foreign policy in recent years has limited its room for manoeuvre in the international arena. The course of former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu – "zero problems with our neighbours” – has been replaced by what some observers describe as “zero neighbours with no problems.” The current policy aimed at normalizing relations with Russia, Israel and other countries reflects the change of the balance of forces in the Turkish leadership and is intended to demonstrate its pragmatism. The strategic nature of the new course, however, is open to doubt, though it is likely to continue in the short term.

26 july 2016

Have Rockets, Will Quarrel

Alexander Yermakov RIAC expert


The final and long-awaited decision to deploy the U.S. THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) mobile missile defence complexes in South Korea was announced on July 8. The stationing of these purely defence systems, which are ideally suited for the Korean theatre of military operations-to-be, has been met with strong criticism from the Chinese and Russian missions, with experts accusing the United States of spurring on the arms race in the peninsula. Why is this?

25 july 2016

Towards the election of the UN Secretary-General: "The service? Good. Servility? Disgusting"

Dmitriy Kiku PhD in Political Science, RIAC Expert


The end of Ban Ki-moon's term as UN Secretary-General in 2016 and the forthcoming elections of his successor provide an occasion for the international community not only to choose a candidate who they feel would best serve everyone’s interests, but also to reflect on further transformations of the global Organisation's system. On July 21, the UN Security Council held the first round of voting as part of the procedure for electing the UN Secretary-General. There are currently 12 contenders for the post of UN Secretary-General. The pre-election process is taking place amid mounting criticism of the UN over the falling prestige and effectiveness of its Security Council. How justified are these claims and what baggage is Ban Ki-moon leaving behind for his successor?

25 july 2016

Where Europe Meets Asia

Victoria Panova PhD in History, Director, Oriental Studies Institute – School or Regional and International Studies; Far Easter Federal University


In spite of constant assertions by officials that Russia is a Eurasian power, recent years have seen growing references to Russia's pivot towards the East and commitment to interaction priority with Asia. Often the sharp turn towards the Asia-Pacific Region is mentioned in the context of Russia's deteriorating relations with Western countries, which make it necessary to compensate for the losses caused by geopolitical confrontation and sanctions imposed against Russia in 2014.

22 july 2016

Augusto Santos Silva: Portugal is ready to welcome immigrants


On July 18, 2016, RIAC Director General Andrey Kortunov and Program Director Ivan Timofeev received Portugal’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Augusto Santos Silva. The RIAC editing team had an opportunity to talk with the Minister and get his opinion on Portugal’s economic recovery, migration issues and domestic stability.

22 july 2016

Is Korean War Possible?

Ilya Topchiy Independent Expert


Today, the Korean peninsula is one of the most militarized places on the entire planet. It is here where the interests of large powers like the US, China, and Russia intersect. Yet, the prospects of a large military conflict are doubtful. Chances of an easy victory are too small for all potential parties. But if such a confrontation does take place, what would be the outcome of a second Korean war: a rapid blitzkrieg or a trench war massacre?

21 july 2016

NATO Eager to Stabilize the Security in Euro-Atlantic Area


The results of NATO summit in Warsaw seen from a Western perspective – by Lukasz Kulesa, Research Director at the European Leadership Network.


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