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17 — 19 february 2017

RIAC at the 53rd Munich Security Conference

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On February 17-19, 2017 Munich hosts the 53rd Security Conference, the largest annual non-governmental forum where major politicians and experts discuss key issues on the world agenda. In 2017, the Conference mainly focuses on military and political crises in Syria and Ukraine, the fight against terrorism, the future of the European Union and NATO and relations between Russia and the West. The Conference is attended by Igor Ivanov, RIAC President, and Andrey Kortunov, RIAC Director General. Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and Chairman of the RIAC Board of Trustees, is to speak at the “The Transatlantic Relationship and the International Order” session.

17 february 2017

Ensuring Euro-Atlantic Security

Sam Nunn Co-Chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, Former Democratic US senator

Desmond Browne Vice Chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, Executive Board Member of the European Leadership Network, Former British Defense Secretary

Igor Ivanov President of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (1998–2004)

Wolfgang Ischinger Chairman of the Munich Security Conference

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The chasm between Russia and the West appears to be wider now than at any point since the Cold War. But, despite stark differences, there are areas of existential common interest. As we did during the darkest days of the Cold War, Americans, Europeans, and Russians must work together to avoid catastrophe, including by preventing terrorist attacks and reducing the risks of a military — or even nuclear — conflict in Europe.

13 — 14 february 2017

EU–China Cooperation within the “Silk Road Economic Belt” Discussed in Germany

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On February 13–14, 2017, a round table “Rethinking Asia: Silk Road Economic Belt — the search for common security interests between the EU and China” was held in Tutzing (Germany). The aim of the event was to discuss the report prepared jointly by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (Germany) and the SIPRI (Sweden) — “The Silk Road Economic Belt: Considering security implications and EU-China cooperation projects.”

16 february 2017

Pathways to Cooperation. A Menu of Potential U.S.-Russian Cooperative Projects in the Nuclear Sphere

Sam Nunn Co-Chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, Former Democratic US senator

Igor Ivanov President of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (1998–2004)

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The U.S.-based Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) and the Moscow-based Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS) launched a new joint report on the future of U.S.-Russian nuclear cooperation. The report includes 51 recommendations for mutually beneficial cooperation across five thematic areas: nuclear science, nuclear energy, nuclear safety, nuclear security, and nuclear environmental remediation. If implemented, these projects could result in safer nuclear reactors, stronger defenses against nuclear and radiological terrorism, and cleaner approaches to nuclear environmental remediation.

16 february 2017

The UN: Changes Are Long Due

Dmitriy Kiku PhD in Political Science, RIAC Expert

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It is safe to assume that António Guterres, who assumed the office of the UN Secretary-General on January 1, 2017, will be able to bring positive momentum to the activities of the global organization. One can say this because during his ten-year tenure as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (2005–2015), he was extremely successful in cutting down the excessive bureaucracy at the agency he fronted in Geneva. Guterres visited conflict zones, which inspired his staff members to venture out of their cosy offices and work “in the field,” as their mandate indeed requires. This approach is also strikingly different from that of Guterres’ predecessor, Ban Ki-Moon, who, as we know, refrained from participating personally in conflict resolution.

15 february 2017

Nuclear Agreements and Capabilities in 2017

Ilya Kramnik Head of Defense and Security Desk at Lenta.ru, RIAC expert

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Today, Russia is the only major power that is introducing significant innovations. Moscow is attempting to reduce the gap that appeared in the 1990s–2000s. Besides, given that NATO is much larger in scale, Russia uses its nuclear potential to compensate for the fact that it lags behind in the size of its conventional capabilities.

09 february 2017

Roundtable “The former Soviet Union 25 Years after: Past, Present and the Future of Ex-republics”

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On February, 9 2017, the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) held the press-conference in the media centre of Rossiya Segodnya news agency, dedicated to the main trends and the prospects for the development of the post-Soviet space. The event was timed for the 25th anniversary of the Soviet Union dissolution and the formation of new independent states on its territory.

14 february 2017

Evgeny Buzhinsky

Chairman of PIR Center, RIAC Member

«Three steps to improve US – Russia strategic relations»

13 february 2017

The Phoenix: Prospects of Egypt’s Oil and Gas Sector

Anna Manafova Expert at the Institute of the Middle East, graduate of International Institute of Energy Policy and Diplomacy at MGIMO

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In less than two years, the hydrocarbon sector of Egypt passed two symbolic milestones. In 2014, the used-to-be-gas-exporter first became a net importer of natural gas. At that time, there was little prospect for Egypt’s oil & gas exporting potential. However, the discovery of the supergiant gas field Zohr in August 2015 and the events that followed reversed the situation, reviving hope for Egypt to win back its role of gas exporter. Who will take part in developing the Egyptian hydrocarbon sector, and will this country return to exporting its natural gas?

10 february 2017

Post-Soviet Turkmenistan: A Little-Known Present and an Uncertain Future

Andrey Kazantsev Doctor of Political Science, Director of the Analytical Centre of Institute of International Studies, MGIMO University

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October 27, 2016 marked the 25th anniversary of Turkmenistan’s declaration of independence. During that time, the country experienced significant socioeconomic change, as well as changes in its domestic and foreign policies. One of the most pressing problems today is the threat of religious extremism spreading through Turkmenistan, which could seriously affect security both within the country and in the Central Asian region as a whole.

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