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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.

28 february 2017

Russia and China Strengthen Bilateral Partnership through Expert Dialogue


On February 28, 2017, the Council for Strategic Interaction between Russia and China officially started its work. The Council is established in the framework of Chinese Academy of Social Studies (CASS). It will become a think tank of a new type and will promote the bilateral and multilateral discussion of Russia-China cooperation in the format of the second track events.


06 march 2017

Beware of What You Wish for: the Unconsidered EU Consensus on Russia

Nicolas de Pedro Research Fellow, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB)


The rift between Brussels and Moscow is deep. The Ukrainian war, the subsequent EU sanctions and Russian counter-sanctions have dragged the bilateral relationship to its lowest point since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Strategic distrust and a clash of perceptions are pervasive. From an EU perspective, the core problem lies in Russia’s relationship with its immediate neighbors to its West. For many in the Kremlin, the EU — although ailing — has become a threatening power expanding to the Russian borders. The very rules of the geopolitical game are in dispute.

28 february 2017

Sergei Karaganov Dean of the Department of World Economics and World Politics of the National Research University-Higher School of Economics

«Mutual Assured Deterrence»

27 february 2017

Sergei Karaganov Dean of the Department of World Economics and World Politics of the National Research University-Higher School of Economics

«2016 – A Victory of Conservative Realism»

13 — 14 february 2017

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


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.”

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


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.

06 february 2017

The Pearl in the Great China Fleet

Alexander Yermakov RIAC expert


The People’s Liberation Army Navy of China (the PLA Navy) is perhaps the fastest growing and most ambitious navy in the world. After decades of focusing on coastal defence, the PLA Navy is for the first time ever venturing into the world’s oceans and is prepared to fight for supremacy in the region. In order to back up its lofty territorial claims and confirm its status as a means of projecting the country’s power to the world, the PLA Navy has initiated a large-scale programme to build an aircraft carrier fleet.

23 january 2017

RIAC meets with SASS delegation


On January 23, 2017 the delegation of Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS) visited Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC).


18 january 2017

2017 Foreign Policy Outlook

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


Most foreign policy forecasts open with statements about the uncertainty of the international situation. This is a convenient starting point, as it allows the analyst to hide behind and avoid taking responsibility for his or her forecasts. But if we really want to get an idea about what might await us in the future, we have to understand the “corridors of certainty”, which are visible for 2017. They are far from rosy and speak about the necessity to develop fundamentally new solutions to the accumulated problems.

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