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27 november 2014

Western Europe: The Autumn of Separatism

Vladimir Schweitzer Doctor of History, Chief Researcher of the RAS Institute for European Studies


In terms of the quest for independence, 2014 has been a bad year for separatist movements in a number of regions in Western European countries (Scotland, Catalonia, Northern Italy, Flanders, Greenland, Corsica, Northern Ireland and the Basque Country). In some countries, the separatists lost referendums and polls, while in others the mass actions of their supporters were unsuccessful. There were signs of differences among the European Union’s regional elites. This was due to a combination of economic, social, internal and external factors, considering the tense situation in the regions adjacent to Western Europe.

26 november 2014

RIAC Days at Tomsk State University


On November 26, 2014, RIAC presentation took place at Tomsk State University that is on the verge of becoming a RIAC corporate member. The event was opened by Alexei Timoshenko, Head of the University World Politics Chair. RIAC Program Director Ivan Timofeev dwelled on the analytical and educational programs, stressing the need for quality research in the humanities area. “In absence of methodology and practice of collection and analysis of empirical data, we are unlikely to be perceived by our foreign colleagues in serious. We may be hardly cited if our works cannot offer a substantive content,” he said.

25 november 2014

Helsinki+40 Advisory Board Meets at SIPRI


On November 25, 2014, RIAC Program Manager Natalia Evtikhevich took part in a meeting of Helsinki+40 Advisory Board at Stockholm International Peace Research Institute held to discuss the outcomes of international seminars in Moscow last September 25 (“Helsinki +40 Process: Prospects for Strengthening the OSCE”) and in Washington on November 18, 2014 (“Helsinki+40: Significance for Transatlantic Relations”).

25 november 2014

Russia-Iran Strategic Partnership: Trust Building and Common Response to Regional and Global Challenges


On November 24, 2014, Moscow hosted the conference "Development of Strategic Partnership between Russia and Iran" sponsored by LUKOIL and organized jointly by Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), Center for Energy and Security Studies, Iranian Embassy in Moscow and Institute of Iran Eurasian Studies (IRAS), Tehran. This was the first event organized by RIAC in partnership with the Iranian party.


26 november 2014

Why Are Oil Prices Falling, And Should Russia Rely on OPEC?

Elena Suponina PhD in Philosophy, Adviser to the director of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, Asia and Middle East specialist, RIAC expert


Will oil prices be able to recover after the collapse of recent months? This question will be answered by a session of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) on 27 November 2014 in Vienna. Oil ministers from 12 countries will decide whether to cut output in the hope of raising oil prices or to leave things as they are. This expectation, however, seems exaggerated. OPEC today is not an organisation that can have the same decisive influence on the market that it had in the 1970s.

25 november 2014

Sunrise Expected Late: How Long Japan Will Be in Recession?


Notwithstanding a quite ambitious economic plan of reforms initiated by the Prime Minister Shinzō Abe Sind known as “Abenomics”, mid-November 2014 has shown that Japanese economy is not getting better. The Prime Minister Abe has turned to extreme measures – dissolution of the parliament with the new elections set for December 2014. Once ranking among the top three most innovative and strongest economies, Japan has now been stagnating for several years. What underlies this recession? How long will it stay like this? What public measures can be anticipated in order to deal with the stagnation? RIAC has asked Irina Timonina to give her expert point of view. Irina Timonina is a and the Dean of International relations department at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, professor of Institute of Asian and African States of Moscow State University (MSU).

22 — 23 november 2014

Andrey Kortunov at RAND Business Leaders Forum


On November 22-23, New York hosted the 35th round of RAND Business Leaders Forum held twice every year since 1997. The event was traditionally attended by CEOs and owners of leading Russian and U.S. firms, investment funds, consultancies, think tanks and NGOs, representatives of ministries and agencies of the two countries, as well as European and Asian business leaders.

21 november 2014

Russia-Vietnam: Discussions in the Run-up to Top Visit


On November 21, 2014, RAS Institute for Oriental Studies held a research and practice seminar "Prospects for Russia-Vietnam Relations at a New Level" setting the stage for the November 24-26 visit to Russia of Nguyen Phu Trong, Secretary General of the Vietnamese Communist Party. Leading Russian experts discussed basic problems of the Russian-Vietnamese relationship, underlining that the emerging international environment gives rise to Moscow's drive to the East, with Vietnam having every opportunity to occupy a special place, although there are some problem areas including the relatively low trade volume and illegal migration.


20 — 22 november 2014

RIAC at International Conference “The Open Arctic”


During the November 18-22, 2014, festival “The Arctic Days in Moscow”, international academic conference “The Open Arctic” was held with the participation of representatives of the Russian Arctic-related ministries and agencies, academic and business communities, as well as experts from Russia and other circumpolar countries. The Russian International Affairs Council took part in the roundtable “The Arctic: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” moderated by Academician Vladimir Kotlyakov, Director of RAS Institute of Geography.

24 november 2014

Russian-Vietnamese Strategic Partnership: between the United States and China

Anton Tsvetov Media and Government Relations Manager at the Russian International Affairs Council


Although Moscow's official documents and statements consider Hanoi a key Asian partner, the reality of the bilateral relationship after the breakup of the USSR has actually been inertia, thereby opening opportunities for the U.S.A. and the People's Republic of China (PRC) to gain a strong foothold in Vietnam. With Russia once again intent on achieving a meaningful presence in Asia-Pacific, it appears appropriate to analyze the role of a strategic partnership with Vietnam within Russia’s regional strategy and a rapprochement as such in relation to Chinese and American interests.

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