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Ivan Timofeev at Financial Services Volunteer Corps Symposium

... Volunteer Corps. On June 30 – July 2, 2019, St. Petersburg hosted a regular annual symposium of the Financial Services Volunteer Corps. Ivan Timofeev, RIAC Program Director, attended the symposium. The discussion focused on the issues of global economy, political relations between the great powers, and global socio-economic trends.


Russia and Belarus: The “Post-Soviet” Interaction Model Is Exhausting Itself

... sells mostly raw materials and semi-finished products to the European Union, while it mostly sells high added-value goods to Russia and EAEU countries – engineering, MIC and agricultural products. Russia is the principal investor in the Belarusian economy. Rosatom is finishing construction of the first Belarus NPP in Astravets (financed through a Russian loan of over $10 billion). The Belarusian government estimates that it will cut purchases of Russian gas by 5.5 billion cubic meters annually....


Déjà vu of Collaborative Consumption?

Have We Really Lived in the “Original Sharing Economy” and How Collaborative Models take over Post-Soviet Consumers To Have and to Have Not? Economic models that favour “temporary access to goods and services over ownership” have been called different things by different people. Depending ...


Russian Companies Breaking Into the Brazilian IT Market

... Brazilian authorities. This is perhaps because the majority of Russian players on Brazilian markets have no links to government agencies and primarily target the more dynamic and innovative private sector. That said, a significant part of the Brazilian economy is publicly owned and it appears that such businesses will soon be prepared to introduce new digital technologies. This portion of the market may well be overburdened with red tape but it seems too lucrative for Russian companies to overlook. ...


Can Russia Plug Through US Sanctions to Reconstruct Syria?

... Syria’s integration into the global financial system that would presumably help transform the Syrian elite into a responsible and predictable player. While ultimately under Assad Jr. Syria embarked on the capitalist path, the progress toward the reformed economy was uneven. Many things were also backsliding under the influence from outside, of which the US invasion of Iraq became the major external factor. The sanctions that Syria faced under the Bush administration over the perceived role of Damascus ...


Squaring the Circle: Russian and European Views on Syrian Reconstruction

... Moscow also believes that Al-Assad will not cooperate with Europe until at least some sanctions are lifted. Russians and Europeans have to engage in a more specific discussion about the impact of international sanctions on various sectors of the Syrian economy, the political dynamics in Damascus, and what the notion of “smart sanctions” might mean in the case of Syria. Fifth. Europe does not want to extend international recognition or legitimation to the Al-Assad regime. For many in Europe, Syria ...


Jordan between the Hammer of Economic Hardships and the Anvil of the “Deal of the Century”

What does the “Deal of the Century” mean for Jordan? The public outrage seen in the Jordanian street has been growing louder, alongside the state's failure to fight the country's rampant administrative and financial corruption. The Jordanian government has of yet been unable to reform and change the status quo, and change the momentum of increasing economic hardships, income inequality, and inefficiency. Jordan put forth an economic transformation program in 2008, to privatize their most successful...


Russian Policy in the Middle East: Dividends and Costs of the Big Game

RIAC Working Paper No. 51/2019 RIAC Working Paper No. 51/2019 The working paper considers Russia’s geostrategic interests in the Middle East and the concept of Russia’s return to the world stage as a great power. The paper analyses Russia’s regional interests, including the development of trade ties, attracting investment, gaining access to the arms market and influencing oil prices. The working paper also evaluates the increased collaboration with the local actors accompanied by Russia’s active...


One More Time, Trade Wars Make Us Suggest the Lifting of Sanctions

... protect their interests are rarely supported by any substantive achievements. The cost of following in the wake of American policy is very serious, though. On the other hand, the United States risks “overstraining” and plunging the entire global economy into recession due to the escalation of the trade conflict with China, which seriously affects the world GDP’s growth rates and market stability. With the further strengthening of the Sino-American trade war, in China alone, 5.5 million jobs ...


Put the Best Foot Forward: What Russia Could Offer to India

... high expectations entrusted to the format. Despite the fact that the statements made by the Foreign Ministers (Sergey Lavrov, Sushma Swaraj, and Wang Yi) demonstrate the coordinated approach of the countries on current international security and global economy issues, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi refused to introduce the same format of meetings for the Defense Ministers of the triangle, avoids discussing freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, and is also not going to coordinate positions ...


Poll conducted

  1. Korean Peninsula Crisis Has no Military Solution. How Can It Be Solved?
    Demilitarization of the region based on Russia-China "Dual Freeze" proposal  
     36 (35%)
    Restoring multilateral negotiation process without any preliminary conditions  
     27 (26%)
    While the situation benefits Kim Jong-un's and Trump's domestic agenda, there will be no solution  
     22 (21%)
    Armed conflict still cannot be avoided  
     12 (12%)
    Stonger deterrence on behalf of the U.S. through modernization of military infrastructure in the region  
     4 (4%)
    Toughening economic sanctions against North Korea  
     2 (2%)
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