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23 october 2014

Ukraine Crisis Brings Russia and China Closer

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On October 23, 2014, the Russian International Affairs Council received a delegation of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) to hold an expert meeting on Russian-Chinese Relations in the Ukraine Crisis Context. The Chinese side was represented by CPAFFC Secretary General Zhou Xinjen, Director of CPAFFC Department for European Relations Zhao Jun, CPAFFC Council members Hu Jianhuai, Mou Zhaoje, Chen Bo, Shije Xianji and Jian Hu Tun, as well as Zhao Huaijun of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Sun Bo of the Tsinghua University and Jian Lonlon and Ni Guouan, both CPAFFC officers.

23 october 2014

Cyberpunk Coming True

Ivan Lapshin PhD in Philosophy, Expert in Latin languages

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In recent decades, individuals, society and the world as a whole have been changing at breakneck speed, necessitating scientific approaches to predicting future developments. However, science-based prediction is a relatively young discipline, while authors of fiction – and especially science fiction – have been attempting to model societal and technological changes for centuries. One particularly interesting trend is cyberpunk, a science fiction sub-genre that developed over the final quarter of the 20th century merging scientific prediction elements present in many preceding literary genres with a projected technologic and social future, which is rapidly becoming a reality.

22 october 2014

Valdai Discussion Club: Opening and First Impressions

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The XI Annual Session of the Valdai International Discussion Club opened in Sochi today (October 22). The topic of this year’s meeting is “The World Order: New Rules or a Game without Rules?” Around 100 participants from over 25 countries will come together at the Session to work on new approaches to issues on the global agenda. Among those taking part will be RIAC President Igor Ivanov, Director General Andrei Kortunov and Programme Director Ivan Timofeev. As of 2014, the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club consists of the Russian International Affairs Council, the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy and the Higher School of Economics. Over the course of three days, leading international affairs experts will discuss issues of global regulation, relations between Russia and the West, and possible ways of resolving the situation in Ukraine. President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov are both expected to make speeches at the event.

22 october 2014

The Ukrainian Crisis: Russia’s Official Position and How the Situation Can Be Resolved

Sergey Utkin PhD in Political Science, Head of Department of Strategic Assessment, Centre for Situation Analysis, Russian Academy of Sciences

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Over the course of the Ukrainian crisis the position of the Russian authorities has played an important, and at times decisive, role. This report will attempt to identify the reference points of Russia’s official view with regard to the development of the crisis. Critical analysis of this view has deliberately been ignored. In search for a resolution of the situation, the correctness of Russia’s official approaches is far less important than a consideration of what these approaches involve. The model of conflict resolution should comply with what the current Russian authorities believe the interests of the state are. This is one of the key criteria for the viability and success of a plan that is capable of bringing peace back to Ukraine.

21 october 2014

Russia Will Be Forced to Fight for Global Resources

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In the run-up to the XI Annual Session of the Valdai International Discussion Club, the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) – one of the club’s co-founders – has published a report by RIAC Programme Director Ivan Timofeev entitled “World Order or World Anarchy: A Look at the Modern System of International Relations.”

21 october 2014

World Order Or World Anarchy? A Look at the Modern System of International Relations

Ivan Timofeev PhD in Political Science, Program Director at Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC)

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This working paper is an examination of the modern world order. Theoretical approaches to the analysis of international relations are revised and its guiding characteristics are determined. The structure of the modern world order and its particular dynamics are revealed with the help of mathematical modeling methods. Possible directions for Russia’s policy in the changing world environment are considered.

21 october 2014

The Devolution Revolution

Elena Ananyeva Doctor of Philosophy, Head, Center for British Studies at the RAS Institute for European Studies

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The global fervour surrounding the referendum in Scotland has blown over. Scotland will remain a part of the United Kingdom and the foreign policy consequences of its possible independence will not materialize. However, the outcome of the referendum may change the fate of the country and have an impact on the United Kingdom’s foreign policy.

17 october 2014

RIAC and CICIR Will Cooperate

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On October 17, 2014, RIAC Director General Andrey Kortunov and President of China Institute of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR) Ji Zhiye signed an agreement for implementation of joint projects and expansion of expert-level cooperation on key issues of bilateral relations and global development through academic exchanges, international conferences, roundtables and consultations.

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20 october 2014

A Cold Peace? West-Russia Relations in Light of the Ukraine Crisis

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On October 20, 2014, RIAC Director General Andrey Kortunov and Director of RAS Institute for European Studies Alexei Gromyko, a RIAC member, visited Rome to attend an international conference on relations between Russia and the West in the Ukraine context held by the Instituto Affari Internazionali and Center on the United States and Europe of the Brookings Institution with support of the Italian Foreign Ministry. The audience included over fifty experts, journalists and diplomats, as well as representatives of NGOs and private foundations from Italy and other European countries, the United States and Russia, who discussed the role of Moscow in formation of the new world order, interaction between Russia and NATO, and regional dimensions in the Russia-West relationship.

20 october 2014

Towards Greater Europe through Humanitarian Cooperation?

Andrei Kortunov Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council

Irina Busygina Doctor of Political Science, Professor of the Comparative Politics Department, MGIMO University

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Has the crisis in Ukraine completely erased the idea of Greater Europe from the agendas of politicians and analysts in the West and the East of our continent? Pessimism appears to be reigning all over Europe these days. Indeed, with people being killed every day in the very center of Europe, any talk of a new all-European security system might come off as inappropriate, if not irrelevant. With the EU and Russia exchanging sanctions and trade restrictions, how can we realistically discuss any common economic space stretching from Lisbon to Vladivostok?

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