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Syria Talks: Fear and Loathing in Geneva

After a week of confusion and failed attempts to bring warring sides to the table, Syria peace talks that had begun in Geneva on January 25 2016 were suspended till late February on Thursday. This may be a much-needed break that may help prevent the wider negotiating process from being derailed. In other words the battle is lost but the war is not over. While the ...


Interview with Italian magazine Limes, published on February 4, 2016

Question: Who has provoked the Ukrainian crisis? Was Moscow aware of the geopolitical, economic and reputational price it would have to pay for Crimea’s reunification with Russia? Do you think it was too high in the context of Russian-Ukrainian relations? Is there a lasting solution to the Ukrainian crisis? Sergey Lavrov: The Ukrainian crisis was not incidental, but rather the result of systemic problems ...


The smog of war

President Barack Obama, seeking to shape his legacy, said that COP 21 makes the United States, which did not ratify the earlier Kyoto Protocol, “the world leader in fighting climate change.” But Obama will not be around to lead the COP 21 fight, which is not scheduled to start until 2020. By that time another U.S. president ...


UN Summit on Climate Change in Paris – Destined to Fail or Succeed?

Climate change is high on the global policy agenda. Not only this is a priority area for the UN and its Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon ; political, business and religious leaders, including Pope Francis, have joined the plea to take action on slowing down global warming. Despite recent terror attacks in Paris, leaders of more than 120 nations ...


The Syrian Refugee Crisis. Can Brazil really afford to take 50,000 syrian refugees?

While Brazil's “strategic allies” --Germany and France-- are now turning away Syrians and other refugees Brazil has already provided asylum to 2,900 people presumed to be Syrian nationals fleeing the bloody civil war. The United States, which open sources indicate is spending billions of dollars to provide asylum to refugees from many nations, including Syria, operates sophisticated screening operations to examine the backgrounds of asylum seekers. As seen by the refugee ...


RIAC Signs a MoU with UN Alliance of Civilizations

On October 27, 2015, RIAC President Igor Ivanov and UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation between the two organizations. The document lays out a plan for development of joint programs and events for reaching ...


What is right vs. what works

Just in time for recapping the polarized choices presented by President Obama and President Putin at The United Nations General Assembly. In Foreign Policy there is a struggle between two concepts which every nation must face. There is the idealist perspective which promotes what is right under societal values and norms (which differ per culture), and there ...


Who Rescues the Rescuers: UN Humanitarian Agencies in Crisis

As EU leaders find themselves hard-pressed to implement a quota system to resettle refugees flooding to the Union’s borders, the search for long-term sustainable solutions to the crisis continues. On September 14 th , British Prime Minister David Cameron visited a camp run by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in eastern Lebanon just a stone’s throw ...


Can Russia and the West Cooperate in Syria?

Relations between Russia and the United States were already bad two years ago. Even before the problems in Ukraine began, Moscow had granted temporary asylum to former NSA intelligence leaker Edward Snowden and disagreements were deepening between the two countries. U.S. President Barack ...


Poll conducted

  1. In your opinion, what are the US long-term goals for Russia?
    U.S. wants to establish partnership relations with Russia on condition that it meets the U.S. requirements  
     33 (31%)
    U.S. wants to deter Russia’s military and political activity  
     30 (28%)
    U.S. wants to dissolve Russia  
     24 (22%)
    U.S. wants to establish alliance relations with Russia under the US conditions to rival China  
     21 (19%)
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