Annotation of journal number 6, 2013
Sergei Ryabkov, Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia
Russia and the USA: we will try to extend interfaces for mutual expectations and opportunities
The Americans want us to do many things, including the continuation of negotiations on nuclear weapons, and the deepening of cooperation on some regional issues, and that is what we want from them. We also want to...
A. Zmeyevsky. International Cooperation in Combating criminal threats and challenges
A contribution to a strengthening of collective international efforts to combat international terrorism, drug trafficking, and organized crime, was identified by President Vladimir Putin in his Decree: «Measures to implement the foreign policy of the Russian Federation", dated May 7th 2012, as being among the main tasks of Russian foreign policy. This category of new threats and challenges is firmly established on the international agenda. It is becoming a factor affecting the provision of global and regional security, and sometimes an instrument of geopolitical influence.
EDITOR IN CHIEF’S COLUMN
Armen Oganesyan. Back to "Thatcherism", or a funeral for dreams
Thatcher survived "Thatcherism", which was actually a local phenomenon confined within the British Isles. Only thanks to Thatcher’s unique personality did "Thatcherism" acquire the illusory traits of universality. In this sense, ironically, the "Iron Lady" remained the "Lady Macbeth" of the Mtsensk district, in the modern interpretation of the story.
Y. Raykov. South China Sea: Zone of cooperation or waters of conflict
Recently, in a number of capitals of the Asia-Pacific region, especially Beijing and Tokyo, high passions have raged, and the bellicose rhetoric and drumbeats are not subsiding. Politicians and the military compete in patriotism, kindling the flames of nationalism.
O. Nessar. The West’s mission to Pakistan and Afghanistan
During the Afghan military conflict, Pakistan was one of the most active geopolitical players. Still today, Islamabad remains a key player in the "Afghan Game", not only because of its traditional influence on the Taliban, but also due to Afghanistan’s geographical position, which leaves the Western coalition landlocked.
A. Fedorchenko. Sectarian conflict in Saudi Arabia, the "Shiite question"
For Russia, the political situation in the Gulf region is of fundamental importance because of the size of its resource potential, its significant role in the global energy sector, and the geographic proximity of the Arabian influence on the Muslim population of our country. The relative political stability and economic weight of the Arabian monarchies are the basis of the new Arabian vector for Russia’s policy in the Middle East. The influence of the Gulf monarchies in the region is growing, especially that of Saudi Arabia.
THE WORLD AROUND U.S.
A. Davydenko. Parliamentary diplomacy: the Latin American vector
From 14th to 17th May this year, an official delegation of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation, headed by the chairman Valentina Matviyenko visited Mexico and Cuba. They were part of the parliamentary dimension of the multi-vector foreign policy, which modern Russia effectively applies in the pursuit of the principles of equality, mutual respect, and mutually beneficial cooperation in a multipolar system of international relations.
V. Voloh. Combating illegal migration: EU practice and Russian policy
In the EU, despite a fairly rigid system of issuing visas and border security, illegal migration exists almost everywhere. Until now, the main difficulty has been to determine the extent of this phenomenon. There is a considerable amount of expert judgment, which is often very controversial and often requires deeper investigation.
O. Morozova. Modern trends in intergovernmental relations in Germany
The term "fiscal equalization" is treated extremely ambiguously in German legal literature and jurisprudence. For example, in German legal doctrine it is traditionally accepted to consider financial equalization in both a broad and narrow sense.
A. Kuznetsov. In honor of historical memory
Against the background of an unusually increased interest in the country of our nation’s history, and an exacerbation of the issues of Russia's complex historical relations with a number of other states, the role of Russian archives is to shine a new light and act as custodians of historical memory.
V. Zlobina. Historical memory and spiritual roots unite nations
The international conference: "Culture of ethnic, religious and legal relations in the media," took place in Odessa. During it representatives of the public authorities participated together with cultural figures, representatives of the clergy, the media, students, and business representatives from Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Belarus, Lebanon , Romania, Moldova, Transnistria, and other countries and regions. International Affairs magazine acted as a media partner. The Forum is held annually with the support and participation of the Consulate General of Russia in Odessa.
A. Makarov. A Youth Conference of compatriots: "Hail to sports, you are our world"
On April 23rd and 24th an International Youth Forum for compatriots was held in Moscow, under the motto " Hail to sports, you are our world", and which was sponsored by the Government Commission on Compatriots Living Abroad. The forum was attended by over 100 delegates from 49 countries. The young people that came to Moscow were not sporting amateurs. Instead, the boys and girls were competently versed in the affairs of the organization of sporting events, wanting to personally make sure that sporting life in their historic homeland is a reality, especially in anticipation of major world-class events.
V. Sibilev. A regional meeting of compatriots of the Americas in Cuba
With the support of the Government Commission on the Affairs of Compatriots Abroad and the Russian Foreign Ministry, the seventh Regional Conference of Russian compatriots living in North and South America was held on 9th-11th May 2013 in Havana. It was attended by leaders and activists from coordinating councils and associations of compatriots from 18 countries in Latin America and Canada.
PRO ET CONTRA
Not so long ago in historical terms, in the first half of the 1990’s of the last century, the leadership of the Russian Foreign Ministry insisted on the conviction that Russia does not need a new Africa, nor for that matter, Latin America, or any other countries geographically distant from us on the planet. Today, only a politically deaf person would deny the importance and significance for Russia's national interests in maintaining and developing multifaceted relations with Africa, as well as Latin America and other regions.
E. Ananeva. A little short story: “The dust of small facts?”
A. Starostin. A comprehensive look at migration.