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14 march 2017

The Iranian Ambassador Mehdi Sanai: there has never been such a favorable period in the relations between Russia and Iran

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On March 14th 2017, the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) held a round table at the Media Center of “Rossiya Segodnya” on Russia-Iran relations, aiming at analyzing the present stage and the prospects for a further development. The event was attended by RIAC President and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation from 1998 to 2004 Igor Ivanov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Russia Mehdi Sanai and leading international experts from the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Institute for Iran-Eurasian Studies (IRAS) and the Center for International Studies and Education under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran (IPIS).

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16 march 2017

RIAC experts explained how Russians and Japanese perceive each other

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On March 16th, 2017, the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) held a second “City-breakfast” from the Urbi et Orbi series at the F.M. Dostoevsky library. The topic of the open lecture was "The image of Russia in Japan and the image of Japan in Russia."
Sergey Agafonov (Editor-in-chief of OGONYOK magazine) and Sergey Chugrov (Professor at the Department of International Journalism of MGIMO under the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chief Editor of the magazine “Polis. Political Studies” and RIAC expert) explained to the audience how the perception of Russia in Japan, as well as the perception of Japan in Russia, have changed and how one could ensure communication between two states in “one language”.

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13 — 17 march 2017

Experts met in Moscow in order to discuss the prospects for a further development of Russia-Turkey relations

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On March 13th, 2017 the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) held a roundtable dedicated to the contemporary state and prospects for development of Russia-Turkey relations at the International Multimedia Press Center “Rossiya Segodnya”. The leading experts on Russia-Turkey relations discussed past, present and future cooperation between both countries. The event was scheduled for the official visit of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the president of Turkey, as well as for the meeting of the High- Level Russian-Turkish Cooperation Council.

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14 march 2017

Roundtable on the Humanitarian Situation in Syria

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On March 14, 2017, RIAC hosted a roundtable on the humanitarian situation in Syria and the participation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in it. Marianne Gasser, Head of the ICRC in Syria spoke at the event. The Head of the delegation and the experts discussed the issues international organizations and governments face while working in Syria. Russian experts expressed their support of ICRC activity in Syria and shared their observations regarding Russia's policy in this country and the region.

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15 march 2017

Russia – GCC Relations After the Signing of the JCPOA with Iran

Aleksandr Aksenenok Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation, Leading Researcher at the Russian Institute of Oriental Studies, RIAC Member

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

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Russian and GCC commentators are well-acquainted with the Western views regarding the GCC region. However, Russian and GCC commentators are comparatively uninformed about each other’s perspectives regarding this important topic due to the nascent nature of research dialogue between the two. The report prepared by Alexander Aksenenok and Omar Mahmood aims to remedy this communication lacuna by furnishing readers with Russian and GCC perspectives on the issue.

13 march 2017

Russia-Iran Partnership: an Overview and Prospects for the Future

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 Report is prepared by the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) in partnership with the Institute for Iran-Eurasia Studies (IRAS) as part of the project “Russia-Iran Relations on the Modern Stage”. The goal of the publication is to present the views of Russian and Iranian experts on the main areas of RussiaIran cooperation, to reveal the commonality and differences in their approaches to common threats and challenges. The Report discusses Russian and Iranian vision of global governance and role of great powers, cooperation in the Middle East region, Central Asia and Afghanistan, trade and economic relations, common transport projects and interaction in international organizations such as SCO, EAEU, SREB initiative etc.

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26 february 2017

Andrey Kortunov Speaks at the Roundtable on Russia's Policy in the Middle East Held by the Brookings Doha Center

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On February 26, The Brookings Doha Center held a roundtable "The Bear Awakens: Russia's Role in an Era of Uncertainty" dedicated to Russia's foreign policy globally and in the Middle East. Andrey Kortunov, RIAC Director General, Majed al-Turki, Head of the Center for Media and Arab-Russian Studies, and Thomas Frear, Research Fellow at the European Leadership Network, spoke at the event.

26 february 2017

Andrey Kortunov Meets with Harmoon Centre for Contemporary Studies Authorities

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On February 26, Andrey Kortunov, RIAC Director General, held consultations with the authorities of Harmoon Centre for Contemporary Studies in Doha (Qatar). Harmoon is an independent think-tank conducting research on Arab region. The parties discussed possible tracks of cooperation between RIAC and Harmoon including holding an international expert conference on prospects of Syrian crisis settlement and the approaches to creating regional security system in the Middle East.

21 february 2017

Tackling the Libyan Crisis

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The protracted conflict in Libya that has almost disappeared from the political agenda may deteriorate further and result in a full-scale war. What is the role of France in resolving the crisis in Libya? Russian International Affairs Council asked Ambassador Elisabeth Barbier, Special Envoy of France to Libya, to comment on a political solution for a problem.

06 february 2017

RIAC and IPIS Plan an International Conference on Russia-Iran Relations in Tehran

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6 февраля генеральный директор РСМД Андрей Кортунов встретился с находящимся в Москве президентом иранского Института политических и международных исследований (Institute for Political & International Studies – IPIS) Сейедом Каземом Саджадпуром (Seyed Kazem Sajjadpour) и советником министра иностранных дел Ирана, послом Сейедом Расулом Мусави (Seyed Rasoul Mousavi).

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