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23 march 2017

RIAC at CTR SAIS and DGAP conference "Russia and the West-Building a new Modus Vivendi?"


On March 23 2016 Center for Transatlantic Studies and DGAP (German Council for International Relations) holds a conference "Russia and the West-Building a new Modus Vivendi?". The participants of the conference are well-known experts from the U.S., EU, Russia, discuss the relations in energy and economics, nuclear security, relations of Russia, China and the U.S., European security.


24 march 2017

U.S. Nuclear Warheads' Scary Modernization


U.S. Atomic Scientists have published a report on the ongoing programme to retrofit W76-1/Mk4A warheads of Trident II SLBMs with burst-height compensating super-fuses. The upgrade will significantly improve the missile’s kill ratio as applied to silo-based ICBMs, thus freeing up a considerable portion of the United States’ arsenal for engaging other targets of potential enemies. What should Russia do?

23 march 2017

The US Submarine Force and the Growing Russia-US Animosity

Prokhor Tebin PhD in Political Science, RIAC expert


In June 2016, Proceedings, the US leading naval magazine, published an article by Vice Admiral James Foggo, a Commander of the US 6th fleet, and Alarik Fritz, a senior research scientist at the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA). The article titled “The Fourth Battle of the Atlantic” is dedicated to the growing threat posed by the Russian submarine fleet and to the measures the US needs to take to counteract the threat. Foggo and Fritz write that once again, “an effective, skilled, and technologically advanced Russian submarine force is challenging” the US.

22 march 2017

Could the Ukraine Crisis Trigger a New Cold War?

Ferit Temur PhD Candidate in International Relations, specialist in Russian and Eurasian Affairs, Turkey


Even after Trump was elected to the office of President, his continued positive statements about Russia has strengthened expectations that relations between the US and Russia would get better. However, expectations for the normalisation of relations between the two countries have been dampened due to an array of issues. One was the recent resignation of Trump’s National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, on allegations that ‘bargains’ were made during a phone call between him and Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak. A recent statement from the White House that President Trump expects Crimea to be returned to Ukraine did not alleviate this disappointment. In addition, the decision to recognize the ‘passports’ of the secessionist Donetsk and Lugansk regions by Vladimir Putin against backdrop of the decision taken at the NATO summit to increase the military deployment to the Black Sea signals that new and serious tensions may be on the horizon.

20 march 2017

Francis Fukuyama: We Need a Common Threat


On March 14–16, Berkeley hosted Global Cyberspace Cooperation Summit organized by East West Institute and attended by over 150 experts, government and business representatives from a number of countries. RIAC website editor Maria Smekalova had a chance to ask Francis Fukuyama, the author of best-selling “The End of History and the Last Man” and Stanford University professor, about the crises global community faces as well as decline of traditional media following his speech at the event.

01 march 2017

Andrey Kortunov Speaks at Geneva Centre for Security Policy


On March 1, Andrey Kortunov, RIAC Director General, spoke at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. The lecture was devoted to the prospects of relations between Russia and the West in the conext of the EU crisis and new U.S. administration.

01 march 2017

Nuclear Divergence or Convergence? The Logic of Piecemeal Escalation or Piecemeal Integration

Ira Straus Ph.D., Chairman, Center for War/Peace Studies in New York


How to achieve mutual U.S. – Russia reductions without reducing the margin of superiority over China and others? The problem is, on the surface, intractable. It seems that the equation has no solution. Nevertheless there is a solution. It is not obvious, nor easy on the psyche. It requires changing some of the parameters and variables of the equation; and taking the risk of an effort of innovation. The solution is to invest the excess nuclear forces into a joint force.

28 february 2017

Sergey Ryabkov Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

«Foreign Ministry says Russia open to discussion on strategic issues with US»

20 — 21 february 2017

RIAC and RUSI Hold Second Russia-UK Security Workshop in Moscow


On February 20-21, Moscow hosted second bilateral Russia-UK expert workshop on security issues between the two countries. The seminar was organized within the framework of joint RIAC-RUSI (Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies — RUSI) project. RUSI is a leading British think-tank in the sphere of security issues.

21 february 2017

Andrey Kortunov Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council, RIAC member

«The Mood of Uncertainty in Munich»

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