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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.

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.

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.

29 february 2016

How Propaganda Re-shapes the Information Space for Russia, the West

Pavel Koshkin Executive Editor of Russia Direct


A recent OSCE report , “Propaganda and Freedom of the Media,” raises the question of whether there has been an erosion of journalism integrity both in Russia and the West. Implicitly, it highlights how the perception of what makes for good reporting has been changing since the start of the Ukrainian crisis and the Russia-West confrontation in 2013-2014. The question of whether or not journalists should take sides during a conflict becomes increasingly relevant among both Russian and Westerns media experts.

28 august 2015

Ru.Wikipedia — How Hard Is It to Exist in the New Russia?


In the wake of Roskomnadzor’s announcement that Russian Wikipedia may be shut down, the editors of the RIAC webpage have asked the executive director of Wikimedia Russia to share his ideas on the situation. In the interview below, Stanislav Kozlovsky describes the structure of Wikipedia, the copyright aspect and how the Russian Law on Foreign Agents has influenced

16 july 2015

New Aspects of the Ukraine Crisis: Civil Society

Natalia Evtikhevich PhD in Political Science, RIAC Program Manager


The Ukrainian and Russian-Western crises seem a long way from resolution, and are starting to affect the areas of relations intended to maintain contact and help break political deadlock. What kind of future is in store for expert-level dialogue, educational exchanges and interaction between Russian and Western media?

18 may 2015

Alexei Venediktov: Russia Weakened by Absence of Competition and Isolation


In our column Viewpoint, we present an interview with Alexei Venediktov, Editor-in-Chief of radio station Echo of Moscow, about Internet technologies in radio, the latest Russian trends and combining expertise and journalism.

13 may 2015 The Creation of Enemy Image in Russian-American Relations

Pavel Sharikov PhD in Political Science, Director of the Applied Research Center, RAS Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies


An information campaign aimed at creating a negative image of one’s opponent is probably the only modus operandi in the ongoing standoff in Russia-US relations. A variety of methods of informational aggression is being used by both the American and the Russian political leadership.

19 february 2015

From Reader to International Journalist in a Single Leap


The reader of today is virtually buried by the avalanche of information from Russian and foreign paper and digital providers, social media and blogs, which confounds laymen who are at a loss as they are not sure of how to discern trustworthy sources from seemingly fuzzy outlets. We met with Dmitry Gornostayev, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Russia Today News Agency, to seek his advice for RIAC readers and young international journalists.

01 september 2014

Alexander Gabuyev: We Think Very Locally


RIAC Web Portal presents a new Viewpoint column. The aim of the project is to learn what successful people not directly involved in politics think about international events and the challenges of their professions. A conversation with Alexander Gabuyev, deputy editor-in-chief of the Kommersant-Vlast magazine, opens up our series of interviews. In an interview with RIAC, Alexander Gabuyev noted the peculiarities of Russian journalism, revealed his magazine’s approach to covering current international problems, articulated his vision for a high quality analytical periodical, and gave some advice to aspiring international journalists.

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