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23 march 2017

A Roadmap for U.S.-Russia Relations


The CSIS and the Russian International Affairs Council are pleased to present the findings from their forthcoming report, "A Roadmap for U.S.-Russia Relations." The analyses that follow examine prospects for Russia-U.S. cooperation in several crucial regions and fields: economics, energy, the Arctic, Euro-Atlantic security, the Middle East, strategic stability, cybersecurity, and countering terrorism and extremism. They offer concrete, actionable recommendations in each area.

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»

26 february 2017

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


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


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.

01 february 2017

Trump and Putin Arrive in the Middle East

Rich Berdan Freelance writer, based in Detroit, MI, U.S.A.


There has been no better time in recent history where Russia-U.S. bilateral relations are positioned best to leverage their coordinated influence on the divided sectarian and tribalistic theatre in the Middle East. There will be some give and take here but in the end, Trump will have built trust with Putin that allows them to move past these achievements or bygones and onto the next stage in the Middle East process. Rich Berdan shares his view on the issue.

23 january 2017

Russia–Qatar “Rapprochement”: A Tactical Move Driven by Geopolitical and Economic Concerns

Mikhail Skovoronskikh MA, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University


The traditionally sour relationship between Moscow and Doha showed some signs of improvement in 2016. This, however, does not imply that Russia and Qatar have embarked on a way for a closer, strategic relationship. Rather, the Syrian crisis and oil market situation have forced the two countries to soften their rhetoric and cooperate on a select number of issues. It remains to be seen how sustainable the “rapprochement” really is.

23 january 2017

Middle East at the regional security crossroads

Alexey Khlebnikov Middle East expert and Russian foreign policy analyst, MSc Global Public Policy, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. PhD candidate, RIAC expert.


Syrian civil war can be seen as the key to the stabilising the entire region. Serving as a magnet for jihadist fighters from all over the world and being the arena where interests of global, regional and local powers have been clashing for the last six years, Syria has become a crucial regional issue. This is why Syrian crisis resolution will have a huge impact on the entire region and will help to bring stability to the Middle East.

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.

18 january 2017

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

«EU’s Ability to Adopt a Comprehensive Strategy on Russia is Key to Its Influence on US-Russia Relations »

11 january 2017

2016 – Contours of the New Reality

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


The year 2016 is important for understanding the changes in the international arena that started two years before. It was in 2016 that we began to see the new reality – the more or less clear contours of the future – take shape. Let’s analyze the contours of this new reality.

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