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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.


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.”

20 october 2016

Experts from Russia, Germany, Sweden and China Discuss Safety of Large-Scale Development Projects in Eurasia


On October 20, 2016 the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the National Research University Higher School of Economics, the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy and the German Friedrich Ebert Foundation (Friedrich Ebert Stiftung) held an international seminar “The Silk Road Economic Belt: In Search of EU’s and China’s Common Interests in the Field of Security.”

20 october 2016

RIAC and PRC Embassy in Russia Officials Discuss Realities and Prospects for SREB and EEU Convergence


On October 20, 2016 the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) and the Chinese Embassy in the Russian Federation held a roundtable “Realities and Prospects for Convergence of SREB and EEU. Joint efforts to establish a Big Eurasian Partnership.”


16 august 2016

Prospects for Russian-Chinese Cooperation in Central Asia

Irina Zviagelskaya Doctor of History, Professor of the Oriental Studies Department of the MGIMO University

Elena Kuzmina PhD in Political Science, head of the post-Soviet countries’ economic development section at the Institute of Economics, RAS

Andrey Kazantsev Doctor of Political Science, Director of the Analytical Centre of Institute of International Studies, MGIMO University

Sergey Luzyanin Professor, Director of RAS Institute for Far Eastern Studies, RIAC member


The Working Paper covers the economic interests and presence of Russia and China in the region, and compares their resources for ensuring security. Special attention is paid to the possible cooperation between the two powers in tying together the EEU and the SREB. The authors suggest several promising formats and areas which are in the best interests of both Russia and China, and, first and foremost, in the best interests of the Central Asian states themselves.

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.

09 june 2016

Russia and China – No Negative Competition Should be in Sight


On 30-31 May 2016 the RIAC held a major international conference entitled “Russia and China: towards a new quality in bilateral relations”. The conference discussed various aspects of the two countries’ relationship, and also the regional dimension of cooperation between Russia and China. There was a special focus on processes of integration in the Eurasian area. The RIAC editorial team have asked foreign experts about the competition between Russian and Chinese integration initiatives.


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.


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