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28 — 29 april 2016

RIAC at Digital BRICS Conclave 2016 in India

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On April 28-29, 2016 New Delhi hosted a BRICS international conference on cybersecurity and combating cyber threats. RIAC Program Coordinator Anna Kuznetsova represented the Russian side at the session. She spoke about the initiatives of the Russian Federation at the international level and at the level of state policy.

04 may 2016

“Rust Belt” on the Border with Russia in the Public Eye

Ivan Zuenko Research Fellow at the Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnography of the Peoples of Far East, RAS Far Eastern Branch

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On March 3-15, 2016 Beijing hosted the annual sessions of the Chinese parliament NPC and the chief political advisory body CPPCC. This year, apart from adopting a new five-year plan, observers’ attention was drawn to the northeastern provinces of China that border Russia. Against the backdrop of an economic slowdown, these regions, often combined in the so-called “Chinese Rust Belt,” appear to be most vulnerable to social tension, and therefore, it is exactly there that the methods “of economic recovery, while maintaining social stability,” so widely spoken about at the “Two Sessions,” are likely to be tested.

02 may 2016

Andrey Kortunov gives a lecture at MIT

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On May 2, 2016 RIAC Director General Andrey Kortunov delivered a public lecture on the prospects of Russia’s foreign policy and US-Russian relations to teachers, research students and students of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The lecture took place at the MIT Center for International Studies in Cambridge, MA.

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29 april — 01 may 2016

Andrey Kortunov speaks at a Session of the MIT Seminar XXI’s Program

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On April 29 – May 1, 2016 a weekend session of the MIT Seminar XXI’s modular program was held at the Airlie Conference Center in Warrenton, Virginia. RIAC Director General Andrey Kortunov delivered at the session a report on the problems of Russian-American relations and the role of Russia in the settlement of the Syrian and Ukrainian crises.

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04 may 2016

Countering the threats from the Middle East

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While we consider the three areas we have raised above as the most urgent, we believe that the long-term stability of the region would be best served by creating an inclusive regional security system for the Middle East. We reject the view that the region and its borders need to be fundamentally re-developed, for example along the ethnic or sectarian, Shia-Sunni lines. We are aware that many previous attempts to create such a system have failed, and it cannot be imposed on the region by outside powers. We suggest nevertheless that experience from the Helsinki process in Europe and the modalities of work of the OSCE could be useful for regional actors who want to pursue this objective, and we stand ready to support this process.

29 april 2016

Recruiting Foreign Terrorist Fighters and Dealing with Returnees: European Experience and the Prospects for Russia

Andrey Kazantsev Doctor of Political Science, Director of the Analytical Centre of Institute of International Studies, MGIMO University

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The Working Paper highlights and compares the most credible estimates of the number of militants arriving from different countries according to data published by the security services of various nations, as well as by leading research centres across the globe. Particular attention is paid to assessments of the situation regarding terrorists leaving, and then coming back to Europe, Russia and Central Asian countries; the link between migration and the recruitment of terrorists; and an analysis of the most common factors driving recruitment. This paper also includes a review of methods used by other countries to combat the recruitment of terrorists, as well as measures taken to reintegrate returning militants into society.

29 april 2016

Ad hoc Relations for Ad hoc Terrorism

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Ad hoc Relations for Ad hoc Terrorism

On 25, April 2016 RIAC in cooperation with CSIS held a seminar “Russia-US Cooperation on Building Regional Security”. As participants discussed the ongoing international crises and fight against terrorism, website editor Mariya Smekalova asked Kathleen Hicks (Center for Strategic and International Studies), Kim Cragin (National Defense University) and Olga Oliker (CSIS) three short security-related questions.

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28 april 2016

RIAC at the fourth conference “Thinking of Russia from the EU”

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On April 28, 2016 Madrid hosted the fourth conference “Thinking of Russia from the EU,” organized annually by the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB), the European Council on Foreign Affairs (ECFR), and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. The conference brought together leading European experts on Russia and the EU’s relations with its eastern neighbors. RIAC Program Manager Elena Alekseenkova delivered a report that revealed a number of opportunities still available to the EU and Russia.

29 april 2016

The European Part of Russia’s Geopolitical Project: Correcting the Mistakes. Part 2

Mark Entin Editor-in-Chief of All Europe magazine, Professor at MGIMO-University

Ekaterina Entina Associate Professor at National Research University Higher School of Economics

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In the previous section of this editorial, we analysed in detail the arrangements, models and conceptual frameworks that concerned the approach of the Russian establishment to European and Euro-Atlantic organizations as a whole and to its primary additive components – NATO, the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE) and the Council of Europe. The continuation of this article is dedicated to what practice has shown to be a number of misconceptions about the European Union on the part of Russia. About what it represents, how it functions, the values it represents. About how and in whose interests it interacts with the rest of the world. And with Russia.

28 april 2016

China's Foreign Policy under Xi Jinping: What’s Anticipated for the US and Russia

Ivan Zuenko Research Fellow at the Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnography of the Peoples of Far East, RAS Far Eastern Branch

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In February 2016, the American Council on Foreign Relations published a report “Xi Jinping on the Global Stage: Chinese Foreign Policy under a Powerful but Exposed Leader,” prepared by Robert D. Blackwill and Kurt M. Campbell. The report is a kind of “policy brief” prepared specifically for the new president, regardless of his or her party.

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