Annotation of journal number 11, November 2013
HISTORY OF DIPLOMACY
Sergei Lavrov, the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs
The Moscow conference: a breakthrough in diplomacy during the war years
70 years ago in Moscow, the Foreign Ministers of the USSR, the United Kingdom and the United States signed the documents which formed the basis for the structure of the postwar world. These meetings took place in a large mansion on Spiridonovka Street in October 1943, and went down in history as the Moscow Conference.
Documents relating to the Moscow Conference have been released from the Foreign Policy Archives of the Russian Federation.
A. Kuznetsov. Comments
S. Naryshkin, Chairman of the Russian State Duma
Without real morals, there can be no true law
A year after a cancelled visit, the Chairman of the Russian State Duma made a speech to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) . The speech touched on the most important aspects for today, not only for parliamentarians but also for all pan-European life.
G. Gatilov. A formula for a settlement in Syria: dialogue is divided and based on the multiple roles of the internal players
The UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2118 on the setting up of a mechanism to firstly put Syrian chemical weapons under international control, before they are destroyed. That achievement was made possible largely due to the efforts of Russian diplomacy, which day after day held thorny negotiations with its U.S. partners, seeking a solution that would not only avert the threat of a military strike against Syria, but also pave the way for a political solution to the crisis in the Syrian Arab Republic.
A. Kelin. Is the whole idea of Europe still alive?
Security is indivisible. This means that today, there are few prospects of trying to create "individual" territories or "small islands" of prosperity, cut off from the outside world.
I. Evdokimov, G. Sidorova. The "Eastern" crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo and solving the problem
The Democratic Republic of Congo, which is a key central African nation, has had no lasting peace for a long time. The latent violence in the eastern provinces of the DRC has lasted for more than a decade, throwing back the democratic gains and inhibiting the development of the country as a whole.
V. Bogomazov. The Vatican’s new course: thoughts and realities
The election on 13th March 2013 of the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Jorge Maria Bergoglio, to Pope of the Church of Rome, which initially appeared to be an unexpected and unpredictable decision, has acquired the features of more deliberate steps by the "church fathers" for a substantial renewal and rejuvenation of Catholicism.
Li Yong. United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and strong development
As a specialized agency of the UN, UNIDO has assisted in industrial development by creating favorable conditions for industrial cooperation and partnership, in order to deal with challenges and create an era of development.
EDITOR IN CHIEF’S COLUMN
Armen Oganesyan. London diary
A disturbing trend in Europe caused by the crisis in the Arab world is the growth of immigrants from the Middle East and North Africa. The topic of the conference called "The Arab Spring: Scenarios for the Future", which was organized by International Affairs magazine, with the support of the Russian Embassy in the UK, happened at just the right time. It was attended by 15 ambassadors based in London, members of Parliament, representatives from Chatham House, leading research institutions and the media.
K. Kolpakov. Canada's economic prospects within the framework of NAFTA
Canada emerged as one of the few developed countries whose banking and financial systems did not experience significant problems during the instability in the world economy. The economic collapse in November 2008 was short-lived.
S. Trush. Chinese bureaucracy and the United States: the motivation behind interdependence and conflict
For the current relations between the U.S. and China, both the "trends" on interdependence and conflict have co-existed for a long time and will likely accompany them into the future. What are the main factors that determine these motivations in China?
A. Dzasohov. Stop crimes against the cultural heritage of humanity!
"When the cannons speak, the muses are silent" is a Latin expression which we are reminded of today, when the region of the greater Middle East is enveloped in war and turmoil, from Libya to Iraq. Where the local biblical places, which literally smell of thousands of years of history and culture, are at the epicenter of a large-scale conflict. This began with the 2003 U.S. aggression against Iraq, and the continued expansion of the so-called "Arab Spring" in 2011.
M. Oreshina. On the keepers of Eternal Beauty, rescuers of beauty, the beauty rescued, and a sense of profession.
He calls himself a restorer, whose art is almost like chamber music. But this "art is not for applause," but it is always filled with lively interest and attention to detail. The restoration community is dying out, and the departure of well known restorers to the afterlife, is very keenly felt and leads to feelings of isolation. Also, when you consider that there are not many restorers around, and that in general, restoration has always been considered to be the activity of an elite and creative few, then there is an acute shortage of craftsmen capable of restoring serious damages, and returning the “dead” to life, when they have received 80 % "skin burns", to preserve them into old age, and to heal the wounds on the body of Culture and Art.
A. Bagai. How and why a TV series could complicate international relations in the era of accessibility to global information
The virtual and real worlds can be fragile, in which the subjective is not backed up by reliable data, and disputes of historical memory can potentially provoke objective conflicts. In a world brimming over with information, it becomes more and more difficult to objectively judge the reality: whether it be historical, cinematic or political.
L. Ternovaya. A geopolitical vision of international life
The cultural reaction on the life of the international community has become much wider than that of the area of a conflict, and has brought innovation to almost every aspect of international relations. This gives rise to talk of an enhanced geo-poetical influence (from the Greek poieticos, meaning “creative") on global realities.
A. Frolov. Diplomacy and intelligence: two sides of the same coin
S. Kosenko. Let’s be vigilant