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Mitigating Cyber Risks: Is There Room for Two?

There is still a role for global discussion on norms of conduct in cyberspace Anastasia Tolstukhina: Two Cyber Resolutions Are Better Than None Experts both in Russia and in the West are beginning to feel cautiously hopeful about the recent UN discussions on information security. 2018 has seen the adoption of three resolutions regarding states’ behaviour in cyberspace , two of which have been proposed by Russia and one by the US. Following these suggested initiatives, two expert groups ...


A Scenario in Syria

What might be a “second option” for Russia in Syria? The situation around Russia in Syria is up for debate. No doubt, Russia would like to lead a reconstruction effort in Syria, in harmony with all relevant partners, including the UN, the EU, the USA, China, India, Turkey, Iran, Israel, the Sunni Arab states including the ...


Root Cause of India - Pakistan Conflagration

... terrorist attack, responsibility for which was taken by Pakistan-based Jaish-e- Mohammed (Army of Mohammed). Twelve days later Indian Air Force jets targeted the alleged training facility of this terrorist group at Balakot in Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province in what was claimed to be non-military, pre-emptive strike. Followed by the Pakistani Air Force's attempt to hit Indian military installations close to the line of control (LoC) in Kashmir leading to a fierce dogfight between the rival ...


RIAC at a Meeting with the UNDP Assistant Administrator

On March 19, 2019, representatives of the diplomatic corps in Moscow and Russian experts had a meeting with Mirjana Spoljaric Egger, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, Assistant Administrator of UNDP, and Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS, and Rastislav Vrbensky, Deputy Director On March 19, 2019, representatives of the diplomatic corps in Moscow and Russian experts had a ...


A Different Global Governance: Taming the Excesses of Realpolitik

A man's ego is the fountainhead of human progress. Ayn Rand, author of “The Virtue of Selfishness: A New Concept of Egoism” Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. Oscar Wilde The modern conservative is engaged ...


Two Cyber Resolutions Are Better Than None

... extreme weather events, natural disasters and the effects of climate change. Moreover, experts offer pessimistic forecasts: in 2019, the risks will only increase as a result of the lack of collective will and the growing divisions in the global community. Clearly, the issue of international information security (IIS) today is not just pressing, but burning. The problem is relevant to virtually all participants in international relations and requires a political solution. At the same time, Russia ...


The European Decalogue and the Middle Eastern Duodecim

The Middle East is in a much more complicated and difficult situation now than Europe was back in 1975, and it appears that replicating the Helsinki Decalogue in the region would be unproductive Today’s world is awash with ideas and proposals on how to stabilize the situation in the troubled Middle East. Since the beginning of the so-called Arab Spring, numerous groups of politicians, analysts, public figures and journalists ...


Entering 2019: Challenges and Opportunities

The greatest challenge of our times is a deficit of solidarity between nation states, including those of them, which are entrusted by the United Nations Charter with a special responsibility to maintain global peace and security Reflecting on problems of 2018 and on challenges of 2019, it is tempting to point at the current US Administration as the greatest international problem of today....


Crimea and Punishment

Franco-Russian Conversation with Andrey Kortunov and Michel Duclos On 25 November, Russia seized 24 Ukrainian sailors in the Kerch Strait, which connects the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. It is the first open clash between the two countries since 2014. What does this mean? Will it escalate? ...


Opportunities for Cooperation with UNITAR Discussed at RIAC

On November 21, 2018, Timur Makhmutov, RIAC Deputy Director of Programs, met with Rabih El-Haddad, Director of Division for Multilateral Diplomacy at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, and Philip Ober, Deputy Program Manager of the department. On November 21, 2018, Timur Makhmutov, RIAC Deputy Director of Programs, met with Rabih El-Haddad, Director of Division for Multilateral ...


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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