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13 march 2017

Russia and the World: The Agenda for the Next 100 Years

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


Humanity is still aiming towards a future utopia, an ideal world in which the problems of resource requirements have been solved, conflicts have been eliminated, equality among people has been attained and the environment is clean. In an incredibly technologized society, we continue to dream of “paradise”. Today, we are witnessing a clash of two different concepts of “paradise” — the rationalist and the religious. We have reached a stage of human development where progress has ceased to be a universal value and the ideology of the Enlightenment is in crisis. “Paradise” remains excruciatingly out of reach.

02 march 2017

From Post-Modernism to Neo-Modernism

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


The need to admit the fact that the agenda of post-modernism is considered exhausted not only by the fringes of society but also by the middle class and even a large part of the global intellectual elite. Foreign-policy post-modernism has degenerated into a trivial desire to keep the status quo, and this alone made it doomed. Even if the supporters of the European Union had won in the UK referendum and Donald Trump had been defeated by Hillary Clinton, these circumstances could only have delayed, but not prevented, the end of the era of post-modernism. Even if the advance of neo-modernism is stanched on one front, and if the post-modernist underground partly succeeds in undermining it from inside, the world will never go back to the golden age of post-modernism.

13 december 2016

Russia and the West, Trapped by Their Own Double Standards

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


On the sidelines of a recent Moscow think tank debate, “Hypocrisy vs. Diplomacy: How Insincerity Undermined the World Order After the Cold War,” Russia Direct sat down with Andrei Kortunov, general director of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), to figure out how Russia and the West can get past accusing each other of engaging in double standards when it come to the implementation of foreign policy.

10 december 2016

Darendorf Forum Holds a Seminar "Quo Vadis Global Actors? US, EU, Russia between Liberal Order and Neorealism" in London


On December 10, London School of Economics under the auspices of Dahrendorf Forum held an international seminar "Quo Vadis Global actors? US, EU, Russia between Liberal Order and Neorealism". The seminar was attended by experts in theory of international relations from Great Britain, other European countries and the United States. Russia was represented by Andrey Kortunov, RIAC Director General, and Sergey Utkin, RIAC expert, Head of "Foreign policy and Security" Department in Center for Strategic Research.

05 december 2016

International Conference «Hypocrisy vs Democracy: Insincerity Destroying the Global Order after the Cold War»


On December 5 Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, Institute of socio-economic and political researches (ISEPR Foundation), Centre for Liberal Strategies (Sofia) with the support of National Research University Higher School of Economics held an International Conference «Hypocrisy vs Democracy: Insincerity Destroying the Global Order after the Cold War». About forty experts, journalists and diplomats from Russia, the USA, Bulgaria, Greece, the UK, and Turkey took part in the conference.

05 december 2016

Are Norms Liberal?

Ilya Ivanov Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, RIAC expert


In his extremely interesting and thought-provoking article, Andrey Kortunov identifies the three main components of the “liberal world order”: rationality, normativity and openness. While in my opinion, not a single manifestation of human activity, especially one as complicated and intricate as international relations, can be reduced to one or two ‘overarching theories,’ whether it be liberalism, realism or the Big Mac Index, one question in particular arises upon reading Mr. Kortunov’s article: What makes normativity inherent to liberalism? Are norms liberal?

03 october 2016

“The Hacked World Order” – How Messed Up are We?

Maria Gurova Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, RIAC Expert


“The Hacked World Order” by Adam Segal, director of the program on digital and cyberspace policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, was published in the early 2016 and is one of the latest attempts to cover all the events in the cyber domain. This is an extremely ambitious task executed by one of the best professionals in the area. “The Hacked World Order” can be even seen as a contemporary history textbook of how cyberspace has evolved over the last decade or so.

30 september 2016

Salvatore Babones Shares Insights on the New World Order Led by the United States


On September 30, 2016 Salvatore Babones, Associate Professor of Sociology & Social Policy, University of Sydney, delivered at RIAC a lecture on the new world order led by the United States. He noted that in the second millennium, the entire population of the world is divided into “the American world,” those who oppose it, and those who want to be part of it. Even representatives of the Russian, Chinese and Iranian elites seek to send their children to study at American and British universities.

20 july 2016

The Inevitable, Weird World

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


Any discussion of Russian foreign policy that has even a modicum of meaning inevitably begins with a question about the conditions and trends in the world as a whole. Our understanding of this world, our perception of the causal relations between events therein determine the way we position Russia, the way we see the most attractive opportunities or the direst dangers for our country.

15 january 2016

RIAC at the Gaidar Forum


On January 13-15, 2016 the Russian Presidential Academy of the National Economy and Public Administration held in Moscow a regular meeting of the Gaidar Forum. It was attended by theorists and practitioners, the world's leading scholars and politicians, representatives of the Russian political establishment. The forum hosted events of different level and scale: plenary sessions, expert round tables and panel discussions. The moderators of the Forum were senior politicians and influential experts: Russian government officials, representatives of regional authorities, leading national and foreign economists.

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