Society and Culture // Analysis

02 march 2017

From Post-Modernism to Neo-Modernism

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


The need to admit the fact that the agenda of post-modernism is considered exhausted not only by the fringes of society but also by the middle class and even a large part of the global intellectual elite. Foreign-policy post-modernism has degenerated into a trivial desire to keep the status quo, and this alone made it doomed. Even if the supporters of the European Union had won in the UK referendum and Donald Trump had been defeated by Hillary Clinton, these circumstances could only have delayed, but not prevented, the end of the era of post-modernism. Even if the advance of neo-modernism is stanched on one front, and if the post-modernist underground partly succeeds in undermining it from inside, the world will never go back to the golden age of post-modernism.

07 december 2016

Migration Crisis: International Cooperation and National Strategies

Vladimir Malakhov Doctor of Political Science, Leading researcher, RAS Institute of Philosophy


Migration has moved to the top of the global political agenda in recent times. The unprecedented influx of refugees to Europe, on the one hand, and the high rate of South–North economic migration on the other, have led to sharp political and public opinion divisions. Over the last year-and-a-half, the expressions “migration crisis” and “refugee crisis” have become firmly lodged in the political and journalist discourse. However, to what extent does the term “crisis” reflect the real state of affairs?

23 november 2016

Natalia Gandurina: The Decline of Print Media Should Stop


Amidst the development of Internet technologies and the economic downturn, more and more media are going online and becoming web-based. Does this trend testify to the decline of print media? Natalya Gandurina, Vice President of ARTCOM Media Group (Forbes, L'Officiel, OK!, GEO) shared with RIAC Website Editor Maria Smekalova her views on why print magazines continue to sell, what should be published on the Internet, and why we need ratings.

01 november 2016

The United Nations Human Rights Council: A Reflection of the Global Confrontation

Dmitriy Kiku PhD in Political Science, RIAC Expert


For the first time in the 10-year history of the United Nations Human Rights Council the election of its members has caused somewhat of a stir. Russia did not receive the necessary number of votes to be elected to the Council. This is yet another blow to the reputation of the United Nations and calls into question the ability of a number of its members to make impartial decisions.

08 september 2016

Why the Decision to Ban Para-Athletes has Proved Painful for Russian Society

Xenia Smertina Head of Program Education and Science, Deaf-blind Support Fund So-edinenie (Connection)


In late August, 2016 the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the decision of the International Paralympic Committee’s to ban the Russian Paralympic team from competing in the Rio de Janeiro Games. This is a sad and very cruel lesson that has one truly valuable point: the reaction of Russian society which, until recently, did not entertain a single thought about the rights of disabled people and para-athletics.

06 june 2016

Russia and the West: An Information War?

Ivan Timofeev PhD in Political Science, Director of Programs at Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), RIAC Member, Head of "Contemporary State" program at Valdai Discussion Club


Since 2013 when the crisis in Ukraine broke out, the notion of information warfare has been widely used in Russia, in the West and of course in Ukraine. However, the term itself provides little, if any, insight into what is happening in the information space, and is as broad and vague as “hybrid warfare.” It is striking to see how relative information flows are is perceived in a similar fashion. In fact, both Russia and the Western countries, let alone Ukraine, view themselves as victims of information warfare. Each party insists that it is on the defensive in terms of information policy, seeking merely to counter hostile information distribution.

22 april 2016

Rights behind Bars – Even for Terrorists

Ilya Ivanov Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, RIAC expert


The public indignation after the recent Norwegian court decision which decided that Andreas Breivik, killer of 77 people (many of whom were children), suffered from inhuman or degrading treatment in his solitary yet comfortable prison cell, is understandable. A terrorist and children murderer, confined in ‘the world’s most humane prison’ and still asking for better conditions, for many seemed to be simply ridiculing the Norwegian justice system. This is, however, not the case.

11 april 2016

International Migration Flows: a Global Challenge Requires a Global Response

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


It might be fair to say that no other phenomenon of today’s world politics demonstrates the deficit of global governance as vividly as does the current migration crisis.No modern state or society has managed to find the most suitable solution to migration-related problems.The migration challenge has gained unprecedented scale, hence it is only through joint efforts that we can effectively overcome these difficulties. Our major goal today is to develop and jointly implement a global strategy for governing migration processes.

04 april 2016

Premodernism revisited

Elena Alekseenkova PhD in Political Science, RIAC Program Manager, Research Fellow at Centre for Global Problems Studies, MGIMO-University


In the historical-philosophical perspective, one has every right to consider the transformation that has thrown the Middle East into chaos as the revival of premodernism and the primordial forms of societal organization. However, the epoch of postmodernism is not over and will not come to an end until the Western world exists as the most vivid manifestation of pluralism and postmodernism.

29 march 2016

Mikhail Shvydkoy: We are not heirs of “Tolstoyevsky”


Despite its quite complicated international stance Russia keeps strengthening its cultural ties with various countries including ones, which have imposed sanctions. Mikhail Shvydkoy, Special Representative of Russian President on International Cultural Cooperation and RIAC member told Mariya Smekalova about interest for Russian culture abroad, shared what Russia has to offer to the world and explained the main difficulties of modern art promotion.

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