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23 march 2017

RIAC at CTR SAIS and DGAP conference "Russia and the West-Building a new Modus Vivendi?"


On March 23 2016 Center for Transatlantic Studies and DGAP (German Council for International Relations) holds a conference "Russia and the West-Building a new Modus Vivendi?". The participants of the conference are well-known experts from the U.S., EU, Russia, discuss the relations in energy and economics, nuclear security, relations of Russia, China and the U.S., European security.


21 march 2017

Science Diplomacy and Its Contribution to the International Cooperation in the Arctic Discussed at RIAC


On March 21, 2017 Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) hosted an expert discussion “Science Diplomacy: US-Russia Cooperation in the Arctic”. Paul Berkman, Coordinator of Arctic Options and Pan-Arctic Options, Professor of Practice in Science Diplomacy of Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Director of US-Russia Relations Project supported by the Carnegie Corporation, was the keynote speaker of the event. Leading experts on international cooperation in the Arctic took part in the event.

22 march 2017

Could the Ukraine Crisis Trigger a New Cold War?

Ferit Temur PhD Candidate in International Relations, specialist in Russian and Eurasian Affairs, Turkey


Even after Trump was elected to the office of President, his continued positive statements about Russia has strengthened expectations that relations between the US and Russia would get better. However, expectations for the normalisation of relations between the two countries have been dampened due to an array of issues. One was the recent resignation of Trump’s National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, on allegations that ‘bargains’ were made during a phone call between him and Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak. A recent statement from the White House that President Trump expects Crimea to be returned to Ukraine did not alleviate this disappointment. In addition, the decision to recognize the ‘passports’ of the secessionist Donetsk and Lugansk regions by Vladimir Putin against backdrop of the decision taken at the NATO summit to increase the military deployment to the Black Sea signals that new and serious tensions may be on the horizon.

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.

01 march 2017

Madrid Hosts International Roundtable on Relations between Russia and the West


On March 1, 2017, Madrid hosted an international roundtable devoted to the relations between Russia and the West. The event was organised by the Elcano Royal Institute, one of the leading Spanish "think-tanks" engaged in international relations' analysis. According to the Institute's authorities, Russian studies is a new area of its activity. The Institute is planning to further develop research of Russia and Russia's foreign policy.


01 march 2017

Andrey Kortunov Speaks at Geneva Centre for Security Policy


On March 1, Andrey Kortunov, RIAC Director General, spoke at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. The lecture was devoted to the prospects of relations between Russia and the West in the conext of the EU crisis and new U.S. administration.

21 february 2017

The Post-Soviet Space in 2017

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


In 2017, we are likely to see more skirmishes in Nagorno-Karabakh, since neither party learned the lessons from the escalation that took place last spring: information on the truce being periodically breached keeps coming in. Most likely, the conflict will not be resolved, but its escalation into a full-fledged war is unlikely either. As for the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), there is little chance of it changing its stance with regard to the situation, meaning that it will not intervene in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

17 february 2017

Ensuring Euro-Atlantic Security

Sam Nunn Co-Chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, Former Democratic US senator

Desmond Browne Vice Chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, Executive Board Member of the European Leadership Network, Former British Defense Secretary

Igor Ivanov President of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (1998–2004)

Wolfgang Ischinger Chairman of the Munich Security Conference


The chasm between Russia and the West appears to be wider now than at any point since the Cold War. But, despite stark differences, there are areas of existential common interest. As we did during the darkest days of the Cold War, Americans, Europeans, and Russians must work together to avoid catastrophe, including by preventing terrorist attacks and reducing the risks of a military — or even nuclear — conflict in Europe.

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.

09 january 2017

Russia and the West: the New Normal

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


This working paper unites the articles prepared within the framework of Russian International Affairs Council and «Valdai» discussion forum. The author shares his view on key trends in Russia-NATO and Russia-EU relations after the NATO Summit in Warsaw and new EU Global Strategy being announced. The paper evaluates the causes of crisis in the relations as well as suggests possible measures to solve the issues in the sphere of security.


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