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21 april 2015

Internet in Latin America: Reality and Future in Digital Terms

Andrey Pyatakov PhD (Political Science), Senior Research Fellow, RAS Institute for Latin American Studies

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With the arrival of 21st century, the Internet has become a key factor in global development, although Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is often seen as one of the poorest and socially insecure regions, largely bypassed by global technological trends. However, LAC has is playing a dynamic role in the virtual space, as university-based advanced technologies are significantly changing public consciousness, reformatting the information space and providing a platform for innovative political trends.

21 april 2015

Has Japan Jumped Ahead Once Again?

Konstantin Sarkisov PhD in History, Visiting Researcher at Hosai University, Honorable Professor of Yamanashi University (Japan)

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On the morning of April 15, 2015, the website of the U.S. Department of the Treasury published its Major Foreign Holders of Treasury Securities indicator for February, and there was a new name at the top of the list. After six years, Japan has regained its leading position as the U.S. government’s primary borrower. The country has $1,224.4 billion, followed by China with $1,223.7 billion. Together, they make up 39.7 per cent of the total $6,162.8 billion held by foreign countries in U.S. treasury securities. Japan’s lead over China is some $700 million. However, this amount is negligible when the size of the two countries’ investments into the United States’ national debt is taken into account.

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20 april 2015

Opportunities for Bringing Russian and Indian Businesses Closer Together

Yury Zaytsev PhD in Economics, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Applied Economic Studies, Presidential Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration

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Russia’s BRICS presidency in 2015 encourages reflection not only on the political significance of this association, but on its economic substance and potential as well. In this respect, we need to consider the possibilities and prospects of economic integration among the association’s member countries that would be able to create a more attractive business environment. What makes the Indian market attractive for domestic Russian businesses, and what benefits can the Russian private sector gain from the convergence of the two economies?

20 april 2015

RIAC Takes Part in Central European University Conference “Russia in Global Politics: Driving Values and Interests”

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On April 20, 2015, Budapest played host to the international conference “Russia in Global Politics: Driving Values and Interests” organized by Central European University with the support of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. RIAC member and Director of the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Economics Ruslan Grinberg and RIAC Director General Andrey Kortunov took part in the conference, which was attended by specialists from Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Poland, Russia and the United Kingdom.

20 april 2015

Parliamentary Elections in Finland: Expecting Foreign Policy Surprises?

Lev Voronkov Doctor of Political Science, Professor, MGIMO University

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Finland’s political landscape has not yet produced a dominant party able to form a government of its own with solid parliamentary support. Consequently, the coming arrangement will again be a coalition, although its composition may change.

17 april 2015

The Valdai International Discussion Club analyzed the prospects of the “Silk Road Economic Belt” project

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The Valdai International Discussion Club prepared the analytical Report titled “Toward the Great Ocean – 3”. This document evaluates the prospects of Eurasian economic integration in the course of implementation of the “Silk Road Economic Belt” project. A group of experts from the Valdai Club including the representatives of the Higher School of Economics, the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, the Russian Council on Foreign Affairs, as well as the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – the Leader of the Nation took part in this work. The Report was presented on April 17 in Astana, at the “Creating Eurasia: “Silk Road Economic Belt” international conference. Over 40 experts from Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Iran and Turkey took part in the discussion.

17 april 2015

Climate Change & Social Media: Redefining ‘Realism’

Rachel Cunningham A.B. Political Science, University of Chicago, MA candidate at the University of Western Australia

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Climate change and environmental disasters are already challenging the traditional paradigms of constructivism, liberalism and realism. With respect to Dr. Istomin, Ukraine is the least of our worries. Climate action demands a new call for international cooperation and effective use of diplomacy to protect lives, global economies, environments, resources and peace.

17 april 2015

The Northern Alliance

Irina Novikova Doctor of History, Professor, Dean of Foreign Relations Department at St. Petersburg State University, RIAC Expert

Nikolay Mezhevich Doctor of Economics, Professor of Foreign Relations Department at St. Petersburg State University, RIAC Expert

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The joint initiative of the Scandinavian and Finnish defense ministers to strengthen military ties with the Baltic countries and overall regional security is a very serious matter. It would appear to be a huge mistake to regard this idea as new or innovative, as well as to link the issue to Ukraine. An additional mistake lies in adopting a facile approach to the military and political capacity of a potential alliance. And we need to forget the fact that in the Northern and Baltic countries, defense ministers play mostly a technical role in the elaboration of national security policies.

17 april 2015

Lebanon in the Crosshairs of Jihadism

Aleksey Sarabiev PhD in History, Arab and Islamic Studies Center of the RAS Institute of Oriental Studies

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A threat at a regional level, Islamic extremism is making new attempts to sweep through Lebanon – a country that continues to keep a fragile ethnic and confessional balance, albeit with varying degrees of success. Having survived the Arab Spring, Lebanese society is now being confronted with the difficult task of resisting jihadists both from the outside (the Islamic State and the al-Nusra Front) and from the inside, amidst unstable legislative and executive branches and a dire humanitarian situation caused by economic difficulties and the influx of Syrian refugees.

16 april 2015

Andrey Kortunov at Statoil Seminar on Future Russia-West Relations

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On April 15, 2015, RIAC Director General Andrey Kortunov went to Oslo to take part in an international seminar on future relationship between Russia and the West held by Norwegian energy company Statoil and attended by Statoil leaders and specialists engaged in Russia projects, as well as international experts from Finland, Germany, Great Britain and other countries. The discussion focused on current geopolitical situation, Western sanctions against Russia, possible macroeconomic and macropolitical aftereffects for Russian hydrocarbons sector and global energy markets.

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