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On December 8, 2014, the 4th General Meeting of RIAC Members was held, with the summary report made by its President Igor Ivanov who provided a detailed account of the think tank's activities. Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin underlined: "The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs highly values RIAC's reports and other analytics that are of great help for practical diplomacy and elaboration of foreign policy decisions."

On December 8, 2014, the 4th General Meeting of RIAC Members was held, with the summary report made by its President Igor Ivanov who provided a detailed account of the think tank's activities.

In view of the current international complications, RIAC has concentrated on development of recommendations aimed at raising the efficiency of Russia's foreign policy initiatives through publication of reports and other analytical papers on external relations, holding international conferences and meetings, and vigorous employment of its popular website. RIAC actively interacts with the Russian Presidential Administration, Federal Assembly, ministries and agencies, fruitfully cooperating with key institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences, expert community and businesses. Much attention is given to training young foreign policy experts.

Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin underlined: "The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs highly values RIAC's reports and other analytics that are of great help for practical diplomacy and elaboration of foreign policy decisions."

Among RIAC priorities for the 2015, Mr. Karasin pointed out the Eurasian integration, Euro-Atlantics, Shanghai Cooperation Organization and BRICS, with the focus to be made on the information and communications efforts "in order to develop an efficient dialogue with Russia's friends, partners, critics and opponents."    

The General Meeting approved the 2014 results and the 2015 plan, reelected Dr. Ivanov as RIAC President and Andrey Kortunov as its Director General, as well as elected the Presidium that now includes:

  • Pyotr Aven, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Alfa-Bank Banking Group
  • Igor Ivanov, RIAC President, Professor at MGIMO-University, Associate Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Andrey Kortunov, RIAC Director General
  • Fyodor Lukyanov, Editor-in-Chief of Russia in Global Politics magazine, Chairman of the Presidium of the Council for Foreign and Defense Policy
  • Alexey Meshkov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russian Federation
  • Dmitry Peskov, Deputy Head of the Russian Presidential Administration, Press Secretary of the Russian Federation President

The RIAC Presidium has appointed vice-presidents:

  • Alexander Dzasokhov, Deputy Chairman, Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO
  • Georgy Mamedov, Russian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
  • Mikhail Margelov, Transneft Company Vice-President on International Issues and Public Relations
  • Vyacheslav Trubnikov, Member of IMEMO Directorate, Army General, Russian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary 

The Presidium has accepted the following new RIAC individual and cooperative members:

  • Vladimir Titov, First Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation
  • Alexander Aksenyonok, Russian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
  • Eugeny Gavrilenkov, Chief Economist of Sberbank CIB investment company, Professor at Higher School of Economics
  • Andrey Zagorsky, Director of IMEMO Department of Disarmament and Conflict Resolution
  • Yury Zubakov, Russian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
  • Gleb Ivashentsov, Russian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
  • Anatoly Kulikov, Army General, former Russian Minister for Internal Affairs
  • Georgy Mamedov, Russian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
  • Andrey Melvill, Dean of Social Sciences Department at Higher School of Economics
  • Valentin Sobolev, Colonel General (Ret.)
  • Vladimir Chkhikvadze, Russian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Tomsk State University became a RIAC Corporate Member.

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