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22 may 2015

India and Mongolia – a partnership to rise

Tridivesh Singh Maini Senior Research Associate with The Jindal Schoolof International Affairs, Sonepat

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given high priority to foreign policy over the past 12 months. Even those crititcally tuned to Minister Modi as a politician acknowledge he has made a relatively smooth transition from the position of Chief Minister to Prime Minister. Some say that his performance in the domain of foreign policy has exceeded his achievements in the domestic sphere. Apart from his focus on building economic ties and the usage of soft power, Modi makes a special emphasis on certain countries which are strategically important but have not been accorded the sort of priority they deserve, especially in terms of high political visits.

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22 may 2015

Africa in World War II: The Path to Liberation

Olga Kulkova Ph.D. and Senior Researcher at the Africa Institute, RAS

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Africa was affected by both world wars. The African continent, which seemed so far away from the European political conflicts, was compelled to take a very active role in both wars. However, the contribution made by Africans to the victory over fascism remains largely underappreciated.

20 may 2015

Sergey Plekhanov Presents his Book A Non-Silk Way

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On May 20, 2016, Russian MFA Mansion hosted the presentation A Non-Silk Way, a book on Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev by Sergey Plekhanov, Chairman of Foreign Relations Commission at Moscow Department of Russian Union of Writers. The foreword was authored by RIAC President Igor Ivanov.

21 may 2015

Wars Humanising Wars

Ilya Ivanov Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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World War II came to an end almost 70 years ago with around 50 to 80 million people dead, and millions more suffering from the atrocities of that conflict: genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity. That war remains to be the bloodiest and the most brutal one in the history of humankind, when the whole world witnessed the unspeakable cruelty – both in the initial aggression and the often disproportionate retaliation. International humanitarian law (IHL), already present at that time, was not enough to protect victims of war and combatants, and WWII highlighted the need to amend the existing international legal regime. Paradoxically, wars, by presenting the impetus for further development of IHL, do not bring only atrocities – they bring a faint hope that future wars would be less inhumane.

20 may 2015

U.S. Questions Russian Intentions

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Stephen Kotkin, professor of Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs at Princeton comments on the current state of Russia-U.S. relations, the roots of tensions, and reasons of misunderstanding.

20 may 2015

Russia and Ukraine Battling for Historical Truth

Ekaterina Chimiris PhD in Political Science, RIAC Program Manager

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Amidst the negotiation of an attempted settlement to the East Ukraine armed conflict, a new stage of information and ideological confrontation appears to be unfolding between Russia and Ukraine, this time about their past. In fact, the fabric of the history of the Kievan Rus looks very much like a blanket, with each country trying to pull all of it to its side. What we have seen so far has been sluggish but definitely intensifying jostling in the media, textbooks, movies and other cultural areas for the exclusive right to interpret the same historical facts. Why can’t these two states share a common history and why is it so important to possess a unique past?

19 may 2015

Arbatov Readings at Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies

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On May 19, 2015, RAS Institute for the U.S.A. and Canadian Studies held annual Arbatov Readings commemorating Academician Georgy Arbatov, the Institute’s first director. Traditionally timed to Academician Arbatov’s birthday, the event was attended by Russian scholars, experts and journalists, as well as officials of the U.S. Embassy to Moscow headed by Deputy Chief of Mission Lynne Tracy, who discussed problems related with preservation and advancement of U.S.-related research, interaction between studies and political practice, and topical issues of Russian-American relations and U.S. foreign policy. The speakers’ list included RIAC members, among them academicians Vitaly Zhurkin and Sergey Rogov, Director of Moscow Carnegie Center Dmitry Trenin and RIAC Director General Andrey Kortunov, as well as RIAC experts – IMEMO Deputy Director Fyodor Voitolovsky and Deputy Director of Institute for the U.S. and Canadian Studies Victor Kremenyuk.

18 may 2015

Andrey Kortunov Meets Italian Diplomats

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On May 18, 2015, RIAC Director General Andrey Kortunov met First Secretary of Italian Embassy to Moscow Roberto Orlando and Head of Russia Department at Italian MFA Maurizio Greganti. The event participants focused on current aspects of Russian-Italian and Russia-EU relations in the Ukrainian context. Dr. Kortunov also briefed his guests on RIAC’s Italy-related projects and planned joint projects with Italian universities and think tanks in the near future.

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19 may 2015

Horn of Africa - The High Costs of the Fight Against Piracy

Giacomo Morabito CEO & Founder Mediterranean Affairs

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Will Libya become another Somalia? According to Italian Interior Ministry, the Islamic State has already taken control of ports and maritime assets in key Libyan territories, prompting real concerns that such actions could lead to a boom in piracy and maritime crime. Imitating pirates around the Horn of Africa, the Islamic State could launch its own piracy operations in the Mediterranean.

19 may 2015

Why Should We Talk About the National Interest?

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We talked to Fyodor Lukyanov, editor-in-chief of Russia in Global Affairs magazine, member of RIAC Presidium about the new project “National Interest” which focuses on the topic of national interests and external policy analyzed through the social prism, i.e. citizens’ demands, needs and perceptions.

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