RIAC Working Papers

Working Paper №32 / 2016

Russia and the West: the New Normal

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.



Working Paper №31 / 2016

Russia–EU Relations at a Crossroads. Common and Divergent Interests

Russia and the EU proceed on the basis that “business as usual” is no longer possible. However, neither of them has specified what legacy of their relations before the crisis they are willing or ready to sacrifice, except for the strategic partnership rhetoric. Nor have they formulated any particular vision for their future relations that could become a “new business”. The working paper includes analysis of common and divergent interests, of mechanisms for cooperation, and gives recommendations on the first steps for renewing the cooperation.


Working Paper №30 / 2016

Russia and the US in the Arctic

Over the last years relations between Russia and the US have significantly deteriorated in the majority of cooperation areas. However, Russia-US interaction in the Arctic remains largely shielded from the general climate of mistrust. The Working Paper focuses on the US and Russia’s interests, challenges and opportunities for maintaining and consolidating a cooperative relationship in the Arctic and seeks to identify particular issues that could and should be pursued in the near-term (next three years) and mid-term (next five years) taking into account the results of the US Chairmanship of the Arctic Council.



Working Paper №29 / 2016

100 Postulates on Russia–India Relations

The Working Paper was prepared by the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) as part of the “Russia– India: Toward a New Bilateral Agenda” project. The purpose of the Paper is to identify the prospects and offer recommendations for developing Russia–India relations. The publication takes the form of postulates that deal with the full spectrum of relations between the two countries and their overlapping interests in regional and global politics.



Working Paper №28 / 2016

Prospects for Russian-Chinese Cooperation in Central Asia

The Working Paper is prepared by the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) as part of the “Russia’s Interests in Central Asia” project.

The goal of the publication is to outline the possibilities of cooperation between Russia and China in Central Asia by analyzing the interests of the two countries in relation to the interests of the Central Asian states themselves. The Paper also discusses risks and security challenges which are on the rise in the region and may impede the implementation of economic development projects such as the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and the Chinese Silk Road Economic Belt (SREB) initiative.


Working Paper №27 / 2015

Recruiting Foreign Terrorist Fighters and Dealing with Returnees: European Experience and the Prospects for Russia

The Working Paper highlights and compares the most credible estimates of the number of militants arriving from different countries according to data published by the security services of various nations, as well as by leading research centres across the globe. Particular attention is paid to assessments of the situation regarding terrorists leaving, and then coming back to Europe, Russia and Central Asian countries; the link between migration and the recruitment of terrorists; and an analysis of the most common factors driving recruitment. This paper also includes a review of methods used by other countries to combat the recruitment of terrorists, as well as measures taken to reintegrate returning militants into society.


Working Paper №25 / 2015

Security and Cooperation in Northeast Asia: the Russian-South Korean Experts Joint Paper

In this analytical paper experts of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) and Institute for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (IREEES), Seoul National University (SNU) offer their vision of a comprehensive regional security architecture that meets Russian and South Korean national interests. Working on building a new security system in Northeast Asia should begin with the formation of multilateral partnerships on specific security issues, i.e. energy security, nuclear safety, transport security, food security and international information security.


Working Paper №24 / 2015

The Ukrainian Challenge for Russia

The events in Ukraine in 2013-2014 did not reveal any new, deep-rooted contradictions between Kiev and Moscow; they had existed long before, albeit not so acutely. They have, however, triggered the fiercest confrontation between the two biggest countries in the post-Soviet space, which has raised numerous questions regarding the future of Russian-Ukrainian relations, along with exposing a whole range of serious problems within the entire international security system.


Working Paper №22 / 2015

Cooperation between the Russian Federation and the Arab Republic of Egypt: Opportunities and Constraints

Working paper prepared by the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) within the project «Middle East: Political Dynamics and Russia’s Interests». The authors examine the main trends in the development of the political and economic situation in Egypt, analyze the state of Russian-Egyptian relations, lead recommendations for their further development, examine the role of Egypt through the prism of the exacerbation of regional conflicts and threats in the Middle East, analyze the prospects for Russian-Egyptian cooperation in addressing regional problems.



Working Paper №21 / 2015

Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. Model 2014–2015

The working paper is devoted to the activities of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), its influence on the Central Asian region, adjacent areas and states. Its relevance derives from the national security interests of Russia and the Central Asian region, connected to the need to develop and adopt a long-term SCO Development Strategy up to 2025. The document provides different scenarios for the Organisation’s development, its likely reaction to crises in the region, including in Afghanistan, the possibility of the key players (Russia and China) strengthening its potential, as well as options for increasing the number of permanent members and collaborating with observer countries (India, Pakistan, Iran and Mongolia). The possibilities for and impediments to strengthening the geopolitical role of the SCO are analysed and practical recommendations are given.


Working Paper №20 / 2015

Development of Russian–Chinese Trade, Economic, Financial and Cross-Border Relations

This Working Paper was prepared as part of a research project concerning the development of strategic partnership and constructive cooperation between Russia and China carried out by the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC). The authors present the results of a comprehensive review of Russian–Chinese trade, economic, financial and cross-border relations, analyse the impact of strengthening bilateral cooperation between the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China on the prospects of a “partnership for modernization”, and offer some recommendations in the area of bilateral relations and the development of Eastern Siberia and the Russian Far East.


Working Paper №19 / 2014

The Current State of Russia-United Kingdom Relations

The Working Paper is prepared in the framework of the RIAC research project “A New Agenda for Russia-United Kingdom Relations”. The Working Paper analyzes the main trends in British domestic and foreign policy, current Russia-UK relations. Russian–British relations have always shown great potential. The areas of common interest pointed out in this paper allow for the practical implementation of tracks working systematically at the same time – the Track One-and-a-Half and the Track II.


Working Paper №18 / 2014

World Order Or World Anarchy? A Look at the Modern System of International Relations

This working paper is an examination of the modern world order. Theoretical approaches to the analysis of international relations are revised and its guiding characteristics are determined. The structure of the modern world order and its particular dynamics are revealed with the help of mathematical modeling methods. Possible directions for Russia’s policy in the changing world environment are considered.


Working Paper №17 / 2014

Perspectives and challenges for building Greater Europe

The Working Paper includes analytical papers on building the concept of Greater Europe. The papers are prepared by RIAC and partner organizations in the framework of a research project “A Cooperative Greater Europe by 2030”. The Working Paper analyzes the concept of Greater Europe, its structural principles, and mechanisms of cooperation among the countries involved.


Working Paper №15 / 2014

Russia and the Challenges of the Digital Environment

This working paper was written as part of the Russian International Affairs Council’s project “Information Security, Response to Cyber Threats and the Use of the Internet to Defend Russia’s National Interests on the International Scene.” In their articles, the authors expound on Russia’s presence in cyberspace and suggest the identification of a reference point from which to develop the discussion and seek an effective strategy for Russian participants in global internet processes. The materials place particular emphasis on the use of online tools to improve the quality of foreign policy.


Working Paper №14 / 2014

Modern Russian–Iranian Relations: Challenges and Opportunities

This working paper analyses the current state of these two countries’ trade and economic ties; potential areas of cooperation in the Caspian region, Central Asia and the Middle East; and Russia’s future role in resolving the situation with Iran’s nuclear programme. The authors outline several specific areas and recommendations for bilateral dialogue, as well as actions that could bring cooperation to a new and higher level.



Working Paper №12 / 2014

Migrant Integration: The European Experience and Prospects for Russia

This working paper was prepared as part of the Russian International Affairs Council’s project International Migration Processes: Trends, Challenges and Prospects. Whereas Europe has dealt with mass influxes of immigrants since the 1950s, Russia only encountered this phenomenon relatively recently. Europe’s experience with migrant integration, which will be considered in this working paper, might be useful to Russia in resolving similar issues. The author identifies a range of specific programmes and measures to ease the process of including immigrants and their descendants into the host country’s social institutions, and he offers several recommendations regarding the prospects for integrating migrants in Russia.


Working Paper №11 / 2013

Russia—Republic of Korea Relations: Revising the Bilateral Agenda

The team of authors has conducted comprehensive analysis of Russia—Republic of Korea relations, as well as individual aspects thereof in a regional context, including economic, scientific and technical cooperation. The research proceeded with practical recommendations aimed at fulfilling Russia’s interests in the Asia-Pacific and strengthening efficient bilateral interaction with ROK.


Working Paper №10 / 2013

Assisting Development in Central Asia: Strategic Horizons of Russian Engagement

This working paper was prepared as part of the Russian International Affairs Council’s project The Situation in Central Asia after the Possible Withdrawal of the Coalition Forces from Afghanistan. It examines aspects of Russia’s participation in rendering assistance to the countries in the region. The authors identify drivers of instability in Central Asia, review the involvement of the main players and donors in assisting development in the region, and evaluate Russia’s role and capacity in this field with due account of its national interests. The authors offer a number of recommendations on increasing the efficiency of Russian aid to Central Asian countries.


Working Paper №09 / 2013

Multilateral Approach to Nuclear Disarmament

The goal of this research is to examine one of the possible options to continue disarmament process involving all member states of the Big Five. This study represents a vision of potential actions by Russia to engage third countries in the nuclear disarmament process at it subsequent stages, analyses the current state in nuclear sphere. The author develops the key idea, which could serve as a basis for multilateral negotiations. The author takes into account viewpoints of the leading experts in the nuclear field, expressed in the interviews.


Working Paper №08 / 2013

International conference materials “Russia—European Union: Potential for Partnership”

This brochure includes key issues of speeches at the international conference “Russia—European Union: Potential for Partnership”, held by Russian international Affairs Council (RIAC), Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) with the support of the Government of the Russian Federation. The conference took place in Moscow, on March 21st, 2013.


Working Paper №7 / 2013

On the Qualitative Transformation of Russian-American Relations on Strategic Issues

The research is conducted in the framework of joint project of Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) and Atlantic Council (AC) on perspective of “mutual assured stability” model in Russia-U.S. strategic relations. The research was presented on Russian-US seminar “Russia-U.S. relations: new impetus to cooperation”, March 25, 2013.


Working Paper №3 / 2013

Postulates on Russia-India Relations

Bearing in mind the particular importance Russia attaches to its relations with India, the Russian International Affairs Council has arranged a series of expert workshops dedicated to specific areas of bilateral relations. The following postulates represent the preliminary results of this work. The key objective here is to test some hypotheses related to developing cooperation between Russia and India. We address readers anticipating some sort of feedback. Taking into account readers’ comments and proposals a final version of the postulates will be subsequently prepared and published.



Working Paper №1 / 2013

International Cooperation in Environment Protection, Preservation, and Rational Management of Biological Resources in the Arctic Ocean

Russian International Affairs Council pays special attention to the Arctic. Council is convinced that there are no problems in the Arctic that cannot be solved on the basis of cooperation, common sense and solid foundation of international law. In order to promote realization of Russian interests in the Arctic by establishing effective international interaction in this region RIAC initiated the project titled “Roadmap for International Cooperation in the Arctic”. The International scientific symposium “International Cooperation in Environment Protection, Preservation, and Rational Management of Biological Resources in the Arctic Ocean” was organized in the framework of this project. This Working Paper includes texts of presentations at the symposium held in Moscow on September 4, 2012.