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06 march 2015

The Third Crusade

Alexander Yermakov RIAC expert

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December 18, 2011 was a momentous day for the U.S. Air Force: it flew the last combat sorties as part of Operation New Dawn, the final phase of the second Iraq War that began in 2003. For the first time since the start of the Desert Storm operation in 1991, U.S. war planes stopped combat operations over Iraq. However, Iraq did not enjoy a peaceful sky for long. On August 8, 2014 two U.S. Navy carrier-based jet fighters struck Islamic State artillery units near Erbil, marking the start of a new war.

11 march 2015

International Discussion Club Valdai presents the report "The World Order: New rules or no rules"

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On March 11th at 1.00 pm at the press center of the International Information Agency Rossiya Segodnya (hall Presidential) the Valdai Discussion Club is presenting the report based on the summary of the 11th Annual Meeting of the International Discussion Club Valdai “The World Order: New rules or no rules?” (October 2014). The presentation will be held in a format of round table.

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05 march 2015

Obama: Silicon Valley rather than Putin

Julien Nocetti Research Fellow at the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI)

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There have been some turns in American diplomacy that we would do well to pay more attention to. In Minsk, where Russian, Ukrainian, German and French heads of state recently met to negotiate an end to the crisis in Ukraine, the United States was absent for the first time in seeking a resolution to a conflict in which Moscow is involved. A few days later, Obama broke his silence by raising another “European” issue –standing up for the interests of US Internet giants, he accused Europe of protectionism in the IT sphere.

03 march 2015

RIAC at the Session of EU-Russia Strategy Group

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On March 3, 2015, RIAC Director General Andrey Kortunov, Editor-in-Chief of Russia in Global Affairs Fyodor Lukyanov, a RIAC expert, Carnegie Moscow Center analyst Alexander Gabuyev and Kirill Rogov of Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy, an observer of Vedomosti newspaper, visited Berlin to participate in a session of EU-Russia Strategy Group held by European Council on Foreign Relations and Robert Bosch Foundation.

04 march 2015

RIAC Participates in Preparation of Collected Essays on Russian-Indian Relations

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Russia Beyond the Headlines, an international project of Rossiyskaya Gazeta, has issued a collection of essays "A New Era: India-Russia Ties in the 21st Century", the first Russian publication in India after disintegration of the Soviet Union complied jointly by RIAC and Indian Observer Research Foundation.

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27 february 2015

RIAC's Report on Russia-Mexico Relations Presented at Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum

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On February 27, 2015, RIAC Deputy Program Director Timur Makhmutov and Ambassador Valery Morozov, a RIAC expert, took part in the Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum to present RIAC's report "Russia-Mexico Relations: Traditional Basics and Imperatives for Renovation" at the session on Russia's relations with Latin America. The event was attended by heads of Latin American missions including those from the Pacific Alliance, as well as members of the Krasnoyarsk Area administration, business community and civil society engaged in promotion of Russia's interests in the region.

04 march 2015

Security Issues Are Not Resolved by Nervousness

Lev Voronkov Doctor of Political Science, Professor, MGIMO University

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It is in the fundamental interests of the countries and peoples of Northern Europe to maintain and consolidate the zone of peace and stability in the region. This is not to say that those countries do not include political forces that are ready to support the entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO and to help these states become deeply integrated into the military and political structures of the North Atlantic treaty, or, on the other hand, very influential political and social circles that are firmly against such a turn of events.

03 march 2015

Russia and the EU – Looking for Ways of Cooperation in the Common Neighbourhood: the case of the Republic of Moldova and Transdniestria

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On December 4, 2014, the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) together with the Crisis Management Initiative - Martti Ahtisaari Centre (CMI) organized a round table discussion on “Russia and the EU – Looking for Ways of Cooperation in the Common Neighbourhood: the case of the Republic of Moldova and Transdniestria”. At the meeting a group of experts from Chisinau, Tiraspol, Moscow and the EU (one from each side) presented papers with proposals for improving practical cooperation between Russia and the EU using the Republic of Moldova and Transdniestria as an example. 

24 — 26 february 2015

RIAC Days at Siberian Federal University: Final Brief

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RIAC is summarizing its series of presentations and educational events for researchers and the faculty of the Siberian Federal University within the RIAC Days program aimed to assist internationalization of Russian universities and their promotion in global markets of educational and research services.

03 march 2015

Eternal Sunshine of the Holy See

Tatiana Zonova Doctor of Political Science, Professor of the Diplomacy Department of the MGIMO University

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It is well known that, through the Holy See, the Catholic Church is the only religious institute that maintains diplomatic relations with states, members of the international community. There are three main factors that determine the Vatican’s role in global politics: the historical conditions that led to the formation of the Papal States; the cumulative experience of relations with secular rulers; and the theological interpretation of political life.

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