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04 september 2015

RIAC, MGIMO and Saudi Institute of Diplomatic Studies Hold Roundtable


On September 3, 2015, RIAC, MGIMO-University and Saudi Institute of Diplomatic Studies held the first Russian-Saudi roundtable on bilateral relations, Middle East situation and the Gulf security. The event was opened by RIAC Director General Andrey Kortunov, MGIMO Pro-Rector on Research and RIAC member Eugeny Kozhokin, Russian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Oleg Ozerov, Saudi Ambassador to Russia Abdulrahman bin Ibrahim Al-Rassi, and Institute of Diplomatic Studies Director Abdulkarim bin Hamoud Al-Dakhil.

04 september 2015

RIAC Members Meet Polish Diplomats


On September 3, 2015, RIAC Director General Andrey Kortunov, Director of Carnegie Moscow Center Dmitry Trenin and President of the Russian Insurers Association Igor Yurgens visited the Residence of Polish Ambassador in Moscow to meet Polish former foreign minister Adam Daniel Rotfeld, co-chairman of Russian-Polish Group on Difficult Matters.


04 september 2015

Italian-Russian Business Relations: Problems, Cooperation and Perspectives for the Future


During this period of economic crisis and international tensions, Russia is struggling to find a way to emerge from recession and looming isolation. Yet, business relations with Italy, though with some setbacks in bilateral exchanges, are still promising. In this context, Russia could achieve greater benefits from these relations and strengthen external ties with one of its European partners. Ernesto Ferlenghi, President of Confindustria Russia, the association of Italian businesses operating in the Russian Federation shares his views on current events and the future of Russian-Italian relations with RIAC.

03 september 2015

Sergey Ryabkov Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

«The Iran Nuclear Deal: Russia's Interests and Prospects for Implementation»

03 september 2015

Military Aviation 100 Years from Now

Vassily Lata Doctor of War Science, Professor, Academician of the Russian Academy of War Sciences


Military aviation, unlike conventional arms — one of the oldest means of destroying an enemy’s bases, weaponry, military equipment and manpower — is a relatively new method of warfare. It was developed in the early 20th century, reaching its peak in the period from the 1950s to the 1990s. The evolution of military aviation these days consists mainly of updating existing fleets. We are unlikely to see any breakthrough technologies in this field in the next 50 to 60 years.

07 september 2015

Partnerships in Northeast Asia: Presentation of Russian-South Korean Report


On September 7, the Russian International Affairs Council will present working paper "Security and Cooperation in Northeast Asia" authored by Russian and South Korean experts to suggest that Moscow should dynamically join five Asian partnerships focused on energy security, nuclear power, transportation, food and international information security for creating a network of trust among the countries of the region and deeper integrate Russia in Asia-Pacific. The paper will be presented by Russian and South Korean authors and team managers Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Gleb Ivashentsov, RIAC Member, and Beom-Shik Shin, Director of Institute for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at Seoul National University. The presentation will be followed by an expert discussion.

02 september 2015

Survival of the Fittest: Can Communists Lead Vietnam to Success?

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


70 years after seizing power in Vietnam the Communist Party demonstrates remarkable adaptability. But can it keep up with social change? Today the Vietnamese leadership finds itself before a whole new set of challenges - and perhaps it is time to change again.

01 september 2015

In the Impact Zone

Prokhor Tebin PhD in Political Science, RIAC expert


Surface ships, primarily cruisers and destroyers, are the “work horses” of the U.S. Navy and in many ways the foundation of its combat stability. But it would not be an exaggeration to say that they receive less attention from the media, the expert community, the military establishment and the United States Congress than their more successful colleagues, maritime pilots and submariners.

01 september 2015

Iran + Russia = Reset?


Soon after breaking free from the shackles of economic sanctions in July, Tehran proposed a Free Trade Area (FTA) with the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), a recent brainchild of Russian foreign policy. We met with Alexander Knyazev, Senior Research Fellow at the RAS Institute for Oriental Studies, to discuss how Moscow can combine cooperation with Iran with its Eurasian integration efforts.


31 august 2015

Iran — a Stumbling Block for Russia and the Gulf Countries?

Elena Melkumyan Doctor of Political Science, Expert at the Institute of Oriental studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, and a Professor in the Department of Oriental Studies in the Russian State University for Humanities

Andrei Derbenev PhD in Political Science, Andrew Derbenev is a Researcher at the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, and an Associate Professor in Moscow State Pedagogical University

Omar Mahmood Research Analyst at the Bahrain Center for Strategic, International and Energy Studies (Derasat)


In May 2015, the Russian government removed political and legal barriers to the sale of the S-300 missile system to Iran, paving the way for a commercial agreement and subsequent delivery. Russian and GCC commentators are well-acquainted with the Iranian and Western views regarding this decision. However, Russian and GCC commentators are comparatively uninformed about each other’s perspectives regarding this key development due to the nascent nature of relations between the two. This report aims to remedy this communication lacuna.

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