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28 — 29 july 2015

Experts Discuss Establishment of Euro-Atlantic Security Leadership Group in London

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On July 28-29, 2015, the Nuclear Threat Initiative and the European Leadership Network held a meeting of experts aimed at discussing the setting up of the Euro-Atlantic Security Leadership Group. The event was organized in order to develop the proposals on new approaches to European security articulated in early 2015 by RIAC President Igor Ivanov, former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn and former British Defense Secretary Desmond Browne. The attendance included former top government leaders, diplomats and businessmen from Great Britain, France, Italy and other European countries. The Russian side was represented by RIAC Director General Andrey Kortunov.

30 july 2015

Hypersonic Warheads for Ballistic Missiles

Maxim Shepovalenko Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies

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In the first half of 2015, international media outlets reported the successful Russian and Chinese testing of hypersonic flight vehicles, i.e. gliding hypersonic warheads carried by ballistic missiles. The Russian Project 4202 and the Chinese project WU-14 point to a new spiral in the nuclear and nonnuclear technologies race.

29 july 2015

The Obsolete Legacy of Antarctica

Alexei Fenenko PhD in History, RAS Institute of International Security Problems

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The Antarctic has long been of marginal importance for Russia, although Antarctic issues are closely linked to higher-profile ones involving the Arctic. Moscow is adamant about preserving the revised system for sectoral division of the Arctic and maintaining its exclusive rights to the Northern Sea Route, while also rejecting the mechanical application of the principles of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea to the Arctic Ocean. At the same time, Russia supports the Antarctic’s international status, the Southern Ocean as a neutral zone, and a ban on economic activity on the southernmost continent. As a result, diverging approaches to both the Arctic and Antarctic complicate Russian diplomacy.

29 july 2015

Are We about to Witness the Biggest Oil Crisis since 1986?

Yuri Barmin Analyst on Russia and its Middle East policy, MPhil International Relations, University of Cambridge, RIAC expert

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Recent reports released by analysts suggest that the situation in the oil market, already highly volatile, could get much worse in the near future. Morgan Stanley in particular argues that the oil crash that we are witnessing now may be even worse than the oil glut of 1986. In December that year oil prices fell from $23.29 to $9.85 sparking chaos in the markets throughout the globe. Some even argue that the 1986 oil crisis predetermined the collapse of the Soviet Union.

29 july 2015

Fyodor Lukyanov Editor-in-Chief of Russia in Global Politics magazine, Chairman of the Presidium of the Council for Foreign and Defense Policy

«The Men and Women of Ruins»

28 july 2015

Turkey: The Missing Link?

Igor Delanoë Ph.D. in History, Research affiliate at the Ukrainian Research Institute (Harvard University) and the Center for International and European Studies, Kadir Has University, Istanbul

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The events that took place on the border between Turkey and Syria in late July 2015 prompted Ankara to join the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). Today, Turkey is reaping the fruits of its anti-Damascus, pro-Islamist policy. However, bombing ISIS positions will not weaken the organization, nor will opening U.S. air bases on Turkish territory. The only thing that will do this is closing the border between Turkey and Syria, which will deprive it of its main source of logistical, military and financial support.

28 july 2015

Kyrgyzstan Rejects U.S. Humanitarian Aid

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As reported on the Kyrgyz government website, Prime Minister Temir Sariyev has signed the executive order on the termination of the Agreement on Cooperation to Facilitate the Provision of Assistance of 1993 between Kyrgyzstan and United States, with the decree coming into force on August 20, 2015. Both domestic and international observers were startled by the decision. Below are comments by Denis Berdakov, Political Scientist, Bishkek, and Yulia Yakusheva, Deputy Director General, Head of Analytical Sector at Moscow State University Information and Analytical Center.

28 july 2015

The Pentagon’s Compelling Arguments

Victor Katona Oil Supply Specialist at MOL Group, RIAC expert

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The United States, skillfully taking advantage of the phobias and vulnerabilities of countries that until just recently had been part of the socialist bloc, is considering the possibility of taking the military and political confrontation with Russia to a new level.

27 july 2015

Russia and Japan: Has the Process Begun?

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It was reported in the press last week that Dmitry Medvedev would be paying a visit to the Kuril Islands, a move that has received harsh criticism in Tokyo. All this is unfolding against the background of President Vladimir Putin’s upcoming visit to Japan. RIAC expert and Head of the Department of Oriental Studies at MGIMO-University Dmitry Streltsov discusses whether the two sides will be able to resolve the issue of disputed territories.

27 july 2015

BRICS New Development Bank: From Private to Public

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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The global economy has undergone significant transformations over the past few decades in connection with the changing role of developing countries and countries with rapidly growing economies. It is thanks to the contribution of these countries that the world economy was able to bounce back after the crisis of 2008—2009. What is more, many of the countries with rapidly developing economies have now accumulated substantial reserves in their national wealth funds, which they frequently invest in developed countries, thereby strangulating financing into the national economy. The BRICS New Development Bank, which was officially launched at the July 2015 BRICS Summit in Ufa, has been tasked with resolving these issues.

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