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New Horizons of the Iran Nuclear Deal

... their monopoly on nuclear weapons, thereby minimizing the risk of their use for military purposes. This calls for the process to be led by recognized nuclear powers, namely Russia, the United States, China, France and the United Kingdom (and also by the European Union as an influential political association). If these countries accept the conditions for limiting Iranian uranium enrichment, this could help achieve several goals at once. First, such major and reputable countries could help to establish ...


Andrey Kortunov Speaks at Lennart Meri International Conference

... of this year was designated as “One Past, Many Futures”; the participants focused the most significant trends in the development of world politics, that influence the situation in Europe. The discussion concentrated on the future of NATO and the European Union, the prospects for arms control in Europe, the issues of transatlantic relations, the rise of European populism, etc. Andrey Kortunov, RIAC Director General, made a speech at two sessions of the Conference on the geopolitical position of ...


Regionalism in Global Governance: Revisiting the R20 Paradigm

Earlier this year the Valdai Club advanced an initiative to strengthen the global governance framework via creating a platform for cooperation among regional integration arrangements, regional development banks and regional financing arrangements. The main rationale for this idea was the need to promote greater horizontal coordination among the various regional arrangements, while at the same time improving the cooperative linkages between regional and global multilateral institutions. The G20 may...


Italy, France, Libya

If it is true the European Union has experienced the greatest and longest peace of its history since the post-war period, sometimes the questions of closeness make the relationships problematic and create opportunities and opportunities to shake the tablecloths full of ...


Director of London Centre for European Reform Charles Grant Visits RIAC

... Director of Centre for European Reform in London, visited Russian International Affairs Council. The British scientist was informed about current RIAC projects on the European vector, discussed the current issues in relations between Russia and the European Union and NATO, and the possibilities of building a new architecture of European security.


Mogherini — a Political Status

It’s high time for Mogherini to move forward Time for Mogherini to move forward Federica Mogherini has done an absolutely marvelous job as High Representative of Foreign Affairs and Defense in the EU. In Mogherini’s time, the EU’s Foreign Affairs have been taken from being a 1000-year endless paper-project into something of real international importance. Of course, in an era of “US First Policies” and the foot-dragging UK leaving the EU, times have been moving with Mogherini, and the support...


Helping Iran to Make the Right Choice

Iran in the Middle East: Regional Spoiler or Stakeholder? Iran’s critical role in shaping the security agenda of the Middle East is indisputable. No matter what we discuss — the Syrian settlement, state-building in Iraq, civil war in Yemen or political dynamics in Lebanon —, Iran remains the big elephant in the room. Its impact on the region is profound, multifaceted and controversial. The predominant view in the West in general and in France in particular is that Iran is more part of the problem...


Contradictory Perceptions of Current Russia-Cyprus Relations

How to cut the Geopolitical Gordian Knot in Cyprus In three essays for RIAC, since summer 2017, and in Russia-Cyprus Relations: A Pragmatic Idealist Perspective , we tried to describe, explain and defend why and how these relations are “special.” The main thesis has been that this nature is premised not only on mutual interests but also on shared principles, common values, and “mutual sympathy,” according to Sergey Lavrov himself [ 2 ]. Such a combination, exceptional in international relations...


Iran’s Ultimatum to Europe: Is the JCPOA Doomed?

Russia can do quite a lot at the political level, but it cannot replace Europe as a potential driver of Iran’s economic and social development On May 8, 2019, Iran sent a message to Germany, Britain, China and Russia that it was suspending the fulfilment of certain obligations under the “Iranian nuclear deal” – the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA. In particular, Tehran refuses to comply with restrictions that were placed on the production of uranium and heavy water reserves. In addition...


Meeting with Dutch Diplomats

On May 6, 2019, RIAC hosted a meeting with Robert Serry, Chairman of UPEACE Center The Hague, the first Ambassador of the Netherlands to Ukraine, and Renée Jones-Bos, the Netherlands Ambassador to Russia. On May 6, 2019, RIAC hosted a meeting with Robert Serry, Chairman of UPEACE Center The Hague, the first Ambassador of the Netherlands to Ukraine, and Renée Jones-Bos, the Netherlands Ambassador to Russia. The conversation focused on the approaches to resolving the crisis in Ukraine in the context...


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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