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17 march 2017

Keeping Peace in Africa in the 21st Century

Dmitry Borisov International Security expert, MA in International Affairs, Sciences Po Paris/MGIMO


In the past 25 years, Africa has made great strides towards development and peace, but conflict is still present in many places on the continent. For this reason, there has been an unprecedented surge in both the scale of peacekeeping and peacebuilding activities, as well as in the number of actors engaged in conflict resolution. Complex and challenging, the African security landscape presents the United Nations (UN), the African Union (AU), and the broader international community with numerous opportunities for trial, error, and experimentation.

16 february 2017

The UN: Changes Are Long Due

Dmitriy Kiku PhD in Political Science, RIAC Expert


It is safe to assume that António Guterres, who assumed the office of the UN Secretary-General on January 1, 2017, will be able to bring positive momentum to the activities of the global organization. One can say this because during his ten-year tenure as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (2005–2015), he was extremely successful in cutting down the excessive bureaucracy at the agency he fronted in Geneva. Guterres visited conflict zones, which inspired his staff members to venture out of their cosy offices and work “in the field,” as their mandate indeed requires. This approach is also strikingly different from that of Guterres’ predecessor, Ban Ki-Moon, who, as we know, refrained from participating personally in conflict resolution.

12 january 2017

A Difficult Peace: The UN and the Challenges of Modern Peacekeeping

Dmitry Borisov International Security expert, MA in International Affairs, Sciences Po Paris/MGIMO


As the saying goes, peace, like war, must be waged, and the United Nations (UN) has been at the forefront of this battle for almost 70 years. From the UN Emergency Force (UNEF), the first ever peacekeeping mission set up in 1956 at the height of the Suez crisis, to the 2014 UN mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), UN peacekeeping (UNPK) continues to change and adapt to the constantly evolving dynamics of conflict. With at least 40 active conflicts around the world today according to the IISS Armed Conflict Database, the need for UN peacekeeping is as acute as ever, but the institution itself is in flux.

16 november 2016

Middle East Zugzwang

Anna Batyuchenko Institute of Oriental Studies


Despite the fact that Mosul has not been recaptured from the Islamic State, and the announced attack on Syria’s Raqqa has lost some momentum, there is little doubt that the fate of radical Islamists in Syria and Iraq is sealed. This makes the issue of the two countries’ postwar state structure particularly important. Who will take responsibility for the future of the two key Middle Eastern nations? How will they do so?

01 november 2016

The United Nations Human Rights Council: A Reflection of the Global Confrontation

Dmitriy Kiku PhD in Political Science, RIAC Expert


For the first time in the 10-year history of the United Nations Human Rights Council the election of its members has caused somewhat of a stir. Russia did not receive the necessary number of votes to be elected to the Council. This is yet another blow to the reputation of the United Nations and calls into question the ability of a number of its members to make impartial decisions.

05 october 2016

The New UN Secretary-General


It is very likely that on October 6 we will find out the name of the new UN Secretary General. Preliminary estimates grant victory to Antonio Guterres, Portugal’s former Prime Minister. RIAC editing team suggests you take a look at the candidate’s basic proposals on conflict prevention and peace operations, human rights, sustainable development and the UN revitalization.

25 july 2016

Towards the election of the UN Secretary-General: "The service? Good. Servility? Disgusting"

Dmitriy Kiku PhD in Political Science, RIAC Expert


The end of Ban Ki-moon's term as UN Secretary-General in 2016 and the forthcoming elections of his successor provide an occasion for the international community not only to choose a candidate who they feel would best serve everyone’s interests, but also to reflect on further transformations of the global Organisation's system. On July 21, the UN Security Council held the first round of voting as part of the procedure for electing the UN Secretary-General. There are currently 12 contenders for the post of UN Secretary-General. The pre-election process is taking place amid mounting criticism of the UN over the falling prestige and effectiveness of its Security Council. How justified are these claims and what baggage is Ban Ki-moon leaving behind for his successor?

22 june 2016

UNSG candidate Helen Clark at RIAC


On June 22, 2016, the Russian International Affairs Council hosted UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, former prime minister of New Zealand (1999-2008), who is running for the post of UN Secretary-General. It was her only public appearance in Moscow.


21 june 2016

António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres: Make migration legal and structured


On June 21, 2016, RIAC Program Manager Elena Alekseeenkova attended a Valdai Discussion Club event with António Guterres, a UN Secretary-General candidate, UN High Commissioner for Refugees in 2005-2015 and Portuguese prime minister in 1995-2002.

26 — 27 april 2016

Global Education as a Tool for Creating an Inclusive Society


On April 27, a breakout session hosted by the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) entitled “Fostering Inclusiveness and Integration through Global Education” was held as part of the 7th UN Alliance of Civilizations Global Forum in Baku, Azerbaijan. The session was moderated by RIAC Programme Manager Ekaterina Chimiris and saw participants discuss various approaches to education and present specific educational practices designed to help overcome the difficulties that can arise when cultures clash.

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