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21 march 2017

Russia’s Political Agenda in the Post-Soviet Space

Irina Bolgova PhD in History, Post-Soviet Studies Center at the MGIMO University


Russia’s current policy in the post-Soviet space is a key part of its global strategy. The positioning of Russia in the international arena and the emergence of new rules for the world order that are seen as a precondition for the stable development of the country depend on the implementation of foreign policy goals in Russia’s immediate geographical surroundings. Successful completion of the integration project is thought to be an indispensable condition for creating an independent and self-sufficient centre in the global economy, hence the basis for the emergence of a real, undeclared poly-centricity of the global political system.


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)


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.


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.


15 august 2016

The Birth of the “Caspian Three”?

Viktor Katona Oil Supply Specialist at MOL Group, RIAC expert


The emergence of new political formats is usually accompanied by mistrust of the critically minded expert community. However, the emergence of the Russia-Azerbaijan–Iran bloc spanning the western coast of the Caspian Sea could become a powerful impetus for the interpenetration of the three countries’ economies and for institutionalizing political dialog. Are the summit participants themselves interested in such a development, and if so, then under what conditions?

29 june 2016

The New Impetus for Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

Mikhail Konarovsky Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation. Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of International Research, MGIMO University, RIAC member.


The meeting of the heads of states of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) member states has been gaining momentum in recent years as a regional – and indeed global – discussion platform. This is testament to the growing potential and credibility of the organization. In the rapidly changing global environment, and amidst new challenges and threats, it is imperative that the SCO develop a coordinated position on the key issues of security and international development, not only so that it can determine its own activities going forward, but also in the context of the entire Eurasian space.

16 june 2016

RIAC visited by Deputy Foreign Minister of Afghanistan


On June 16, 2016, the Russian International Affairs Council received Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister of Islm Hekmat Khalil Karzai for an event with participation of key Russian experts from academic institutes, MGIMO, Higher School of Economics, NGOs, Russian Foreign Ministry, Afghani Embassy and journalists. In his opening remarks Mr. Karzai expanded on his country’s military, economic and political environment, as well as on transition to a stable development pattern for Afghanistan and the entire region, with special attention given to support rendered to Afghanistan by Russia, the U.S., Iran, India and other countries, and opportunities opened by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization to its members, observers and partners.

16 june 2016

Rashid Alimov: Kill both Symptoms and the Root of the Evil


In 2016, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization is celebrating its 15th anniversary. Currently, the organization seems to be going through a most critical stage of its development, expanding and at the same time searching for responses to new threats to peace and security. To discuss these and other matters, we met with SCO Secretary General Rashid Alimov on the sidelines of the conference "Russia-China: toward a New Quality of Bilateral Relations."

25 april 2016

Anatoly Antonov

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, RIAC member

«Russia to defend regional security jointly with China»

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21 april 2016

Russian, Chinese experts discuss integration projects in Eurasia


The Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) hosted a meeting with a delegation of experts from China led by Professor Li Xin, the director of the Centre for Russia and Central Asia at the Shanghai Institute for International Studies (SIIS) on 21 April 2016.


29 december 2015

About Loyalty and Friendship – CSTO and EEU Summits

Yulia Nikitina PhD in Political Science, associate professor at the School of World Political Processes, research associate at the Center for Post-Soviet Studies, MGIMO University


On December 21, 2015, Moscow hosted summit sessions of the CSTO Collective Security Council and the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council. Such meetings tend to attract much attention from the mass media due to important statements of the leaders and signed political declarations; however, this time it is hard to define the results of the sessions as far-reaching. The fundamental political context of the meetings was arguably based on the issue of Russian allies’ loyalty to Moscow.


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