Report №29 / 2016

Russia-Iran Partnership: an Overview and Prospects for the Future

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.



Report №28 / 2016

New Stage of Russia–Turkey Economic Relations

The report outlines the dynamics and structure of ties between Russia and Turkey in trade, economics, construction, energy and non-for-profit sector. The authors emphasize the overall progressive nature of the bilateral relations. However, the uncertain geopolitical situation largely linked to third countries affects several major joint economic projects, and could bring about negative consequences in the future. The political forces in both countries are also influenced by public demand, which softenes the worsening political differences, despite certain contradictory views and complicated regional problems.



Report №27 / 2016

Renewing Mechanisms for Russia-EU Cooperation

In the context of the Ukraine crisis, the EU has completely suspended the functioning of all mechanisms of dialogue with Russia. At the same time, both sides realize that the sanctions and the suspension of political dialogue cannot last forever. Sooner or later, relations between Russia and the EU will have to be normalized. However, there is little doubt that this relationship is unlikely to return to “business as usual”. Based on the critical assessment of the performance of mechanisms of cooperation between Russia and the EU in the period before the present crisis, this report seeks to explore what could be the appropriate design of such mechanisms after relations between Russia and the EU enter the normalization phase.


Report №26 / 2016

Asian Players in the Arctic: Interests, Opportunities, Prospects

The Arctic’s growing geopolitical and geoeconomic significance against the background of global climate change determines the interest of non-Arctic players to the region. In 2013 India, China, Republic of Korea, Japan and Singapore became observers to the Arctic Council. The Report examines non-regional actors’ interests in the Arctic, their policy frameworks in the region and principal areas of Arctic studies. Authors also explore the Asian states’ positions on the international status of the Arctic.



Report №25 / 2016

Russian–Chinese Dialogue: The 2016 Model

This report presents the results of analysis of the state of Russia–China relations in 2015 and the first quarter of 2016. Leading experts from Russia and China study key foreign policy interests of the two countries, their trade and economic bilateral relations, including investment, transport and energy projects. Special attention is given to security in Eurasia and the role of multilateral institutions in guaranteeing security, the alignment of the Eurasian Economic Union and the Silk Road Economic Belt projects, as well as Russia–China scientific, educational and cultural cooperation.



Report №24 / 2016

Web Internationalization: Russian Universities

This Report was prepared as part of the study carried out by the Russian International Affairs Council on the role of the Internet in internationalizing Russian universities. The authors developed a methodology for assessing the English-language sites of Russian universities, carrying out an analysis of 45 resources and comparing them with the websites of 11 leading foreign universities that appear in the QS World University Rankings.


Report №22 / 2015

Russia and the Visegrad Group: The Ukrainian Challenge

The Eastern Partnership policy that triggered the Ukrainian crisis has provided ample opportunity to reflect on Russia–EU relations, alongside with evaluating cooperation between Russia and the Visegrad Group countries (also called the Visegrad Four or V4). The Visegrad Four have taken on responsibility for the eastward enlargement of the European Union having become its members.


Report №21 / 2015

Managing Differences on European Security in 2015

This report offers three different perspectives from various experts in the United States (Atlantic Council), Russia (Russian International Affairs Council), and Europe (European Leadership Network) on the state of the European security environment in the aftermath of the Ukraine crisis. These three perspectives reveal different perceptions of the current situation, provide different analyses of where common interests lie, and offer suggestions on how to make best use of the tools and institutional mechanisms to advance these interests


Report №19 / 2015

Russian–Mexican Relations: Traditional Foundations and the Need for Change

Mexico is a relatively powerful player in contemporary global politics. Russia and Mexico have much in common in terms of their participation in world affairs. However, the model of Russian–Mexican relations is still in flux; it has not been clearly defined and leaves much room for improvement. In fact, models of relations between the two countries are inherently asymmetrical: the political, diplomatic and cultural components outweigh trade and economic relations in terms of volume and scale. This report examines the main development trends in bilateral relations between Russia and Mexico and offers recommendations for how they can improved.



Report №18 / 2015

Russian-Chinese Dialogue: The 2015 Model

This report presents the results of analytical monitoring performed by leading Russian and Chinese experts on the key processes in Russian-Chinese relations in 2013–2014. They analyzed the strategic format of interaction between the two countries in the international arena and their relations in the fields of trade, investment (interbank), energy (hydrocarbons), transport, educational, scientific, and cultural areas. They considered the available resources and possibilities of enhancing the Russian-Chinese strategic partnership, as well as the difficulties and challenges they face in the modern day. The experts elaborate their conclusions, recommendations, and development scenarios for bilateral relations in future.



Report №17 / 2014

The Russian Arctic: Potential for International Cooperation

The report continues work held in line with the “Roadmap for International Cooperation in the Arctic” project organized by the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC). The report looks into the network of circumpolar territories including new industrial regions on the Arctic continental shelf, analyses key goals of educational cooperation and identifies opportunities for international collaboration among small and medium-sized businesses in the Arctic. Authors present their vision for strategic governance in the Russian Arctic and inter-municipal cooperation in the coastal zone of the Russian Federation.


Report №16 / 2014

Strengthening the OSCE. Building a Common Space for Economic and Humanitarian Cooperation, an Indivisible Security Community from the Atlantic to the Pacific

The dramatic developments in Ukraine in 2014 have once again demonstrated the relevance of the cooperative crisis management tools and mechanisms of the OSCE. Issues of strengthening and reforming the OSCE are once again part of the European agenda. The 40th anniversary of the Final Act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe represents an important milestone in the development of the organization and provides an occasion for a frank discussion about the problems it is currently facing and ways to enhance its effectiveness in the future. The Report includes recommendations aimed at strengthening the OSCE.


Report №15 / 2014

The Russian Federation’s International Science and Technology Cooperation: An Overview and Development Issues

This report has been prepared as part of the Russian International Affairs Council’s project Russia’s International Science and Technology Cooperation. The report looks into the present state of Russian science in comparative perspective, analyses Russia’s key goals and objectives in terms of improving the international competitiveness of domestic science, provides an overview of Russian legislation on international science and technology cooperation, and identifies the key issues that international science and technology cooperation is expected to help resolve. The author identifies a number of priority areas in Russia’s international science and technology cooperation and proposes a number of steps to promote Russia’s interests in international science and technology cooperation.


Report №13 / 2014

Internationalization of Russian Universities: The Chinese Vector

This Report was prepared by the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) as a part of the project “The Development of Russian—Chinese Relations”, based on research of the practical experience accumulated by several leading Russian universities. The Report contains a number of particular recommendations aimed at reinforcing Russia’s positions in the education market of China and the Asia-Pacific region in general, as well as developing Russia’s innovation potential through the expansion of mutually beneficial scientific and educational cooperation between the two countries.


Report №12 / 2013

International Cooperation in the Arctic

The report continues work held in line with the “Roadmap for International Cooperation in the Arctic” project organized by the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC). The report covers the results of international cooperation in the Arctic region in 2013. The authors focused on four basic areas of cooperation: strengthening of the Arctic Council fisheries regulation, vessel traffic issues, and harmonization of national environmental legislation.


Report №11 / 2013

Russia–European Union: Potential for Partnership

The report analyses the development of Russia–European Union Relations. In the authors’ opinion the high level of economic interdependence between Russia and the European Union, their geographic proximity and the nature of international relations in a globalized world make it imperative that the parties continue to build and develop their relations. The key issue is to give this cooperation a new impetus and increase the level of trust. The report outlines recommended steps to make relations as good as possible.


Report №10 / 2013

Russia’s Interests in Central Asia: Contents, Perspectives, Limitations

The purpose of this analytical report prepared in the framework of the project “Central Asia after a Possible Withdrawal of Coalition Forces from Afghanistan” undertaken by the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) is to make an attempt to identify the actual position of Central Asia on the scale of Russian foreign policy priorities, to evaluate opportunities and limitations available to Russia, to blueprint measures in consolidating Russian positions in the region for the long-term perspective.


Report №9 / 2013

Russia and the Greater Middle East

The report provides a comprehensive analysis of current events in the Arab world. A number of experts believe that the changes we are seeing today are only the first stage in the region’s systemic transformation that will last decades. On the one hand, it predefines important features of the current situation such as the inherent uncertainty, changeability, and volatility. As a result both external and regional players struggle to predict the future course of events. On the other hand, while this instability remains, and for as long the results of this “tectonic shift” remain unknown, external players can to some extent influence the events, forecast them and sometimes direct them to the right track.


Report №8 / 2013

Russia’s Guiding Landmarks in the Asia-Pacific after the APEC Summit in Vladivostok

On October 12–13, 2012, the Second Asia-Pacific Forum was held in Moscow, organized by the RIAC and Russian APEC Study Center in partnership with the International Affairs magazine. Representatives from government authorities, expert and business communities of Russia, the United States, China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, and the Philippines attended the event. This report presents the key conclusions and proposals advanced by forum participants for public debate.


Report №7 / 2012

The Arctic. Proposals for the International Cooperation Roadmap

The Roadmap’s purpose is to outline the sequence and substance of the Russian Federation’s engagement with external partners (governments and international organizations) in vital areas of international cooperation in the Arctic in 2012–2018. These proposals are intended to promote Russia’s interests via effective international cooperation in the region. The Roadmap covers legal, institutional, environmental, natural resource, transportation, security and scientific aspects of these activities.


Report №6 / 2012

Current state of Russia’s relations with Japan and prospects for their development

The report presents the results of a comprehensive analysis of contemporary Russian- Japanese relations made by a team of Russian Japanologists within a framework of the Russian International Aff airs Council’s research program. Political, trade and economic, scientific, technological and cultural cooperation and also the approaches to the resolution of “the northern territories’ problem” are among the key issues considered by the authors.



Report №5 / 2012

Ten years without ABM Treaty. The issue of missile defense in Russia-US relations

What is the real threat posed by the U.S. Missile Defense to Russia now and in the foreseeable future? What are the possibilities of reaching military and political compromise on missile defense? These issues are dealt with in this short version of the scientific paper entitled "Ten years without the ABM Treaty. The issue of missile defense in Russia-US relations" authored by experts from the Institute for US and Canadian Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences under the research program of the Russian International Affairs Council.



Report №4 / 2012

Postulates on Russia’s Foreign Policy

The Postulates on Russia’s Foreign Policy developed with the participation of the Russian International Affairs Council’s members and experts discuss Russia’s position in the international arena, the role of global challenges in shaping the foreign policy agenda and outline foreign policy priorities for the period from 2012 to 2018. The main purpose of the Postulates is to encourage a public discourse about new contours and orientation of Russia’s foreign policy and to devise the solutions to be protected against traditional and emerging security challenges.


Report №3 / 2012

Workshop conference materials «Euro-Atlantic Security Community: Myth or Reality?»


The materials in this brochure were prepared based on the results of the research and practice conference «Euro-Atlantic Security Community: Myth or Reality?» organized by the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) with the support of the Russian Presidential Administration and the Russian Government, which was held in Moscow on 23 March 2012. The brochure includes key points presented by the main speakers at the sessions of the conference’s four topical sections: Humanitarian and Economic Aspects of Security, Common Values and Overcoming Mistrust, Russia and EU: Potential for Collaboration, Military and Political Aspects of Security.


Report №2 / 2012

G20, G8, BRICS development momentum and interests of Russia

The report presents key findings and recommendations of several scientific and expert workshops conducted by Russian International Affairs Council within the project «Increasing the effectiveness of Russia’s Participation in G8, G20, and BRICS in accordance with the Priorities and National Interests of Russia». The report includes proposals for Russia’s membership strategy in G8, G20, and BRICS.



Report №1 / 2012

Russia's interests in the context of Asia-Pacific region security and development

The report contains main conclusions and recommendations made upon the outcomes of the First Asia-Pacific Forum held on November 28-29, 2011 by Russian International Affairs Council jointly with Russian APEC Studies Center. The publications reflect opinions expressed during the work of the forum panels on regional cooperation and security in Asia-Pacific region, interaction in energy field, food security problems and cooperation in the sphere of infrastructure and transport development, education and innovations.