Annotation of magazine number 12, December 2014
Kuznetsov. Rethinking of the conception of Big Europe in connection with the crisis in Ukraine
Is it possible to say, that the present EC’s anti Russian rhetoric and active support of radical Ukrainian nationalists, who penetrated the power as a result of armed coup in Kiev, by Brussels, have led to the collapse of the conception of Big Europe? And what in general should be understood as a conception of Big Europe? Can Big Europe successfully exist, resting both on socio- cultural affinity and close economic ties of the European countries – all the members of OSCE?
M. Khaduev. Political infighting of the Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Iran in Syria
The Syrian conflict is, in substance, an open standoff of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Middle East. The escalation of the revolution against President B. Assad in Syria will give the countries- members of the Council of cooperation of Arab states of the Persian Gulf a unique opportunity to stir up efforts to isolate Iran and ease its influence.
Dr. Sophocles Sophocly. Cyprian problem is the most recurrent one and not solved
The Republic of Cyprus was proclaimed on August 16,1960 inaccordance with the Zurich-London agreements of February 11 and 19, 1959. As an independent state Cyprus became a member of the UN (1960), its specialized institutions and other international and regional organizations. And on May 1, 2004, it became a full and equal member of the European Union.
Kulikov, V. Goltsov. Marrakech – Torgau
At the fifth meeting of the group “Elba” in Marrakech, while discussing issues related to the vulnerability of physical nuclear security measures, Russian
experts of the group expressed their opinion, that the elaboration of a united universal standard “to lock” nuclear materials and nuclear plants was looking hypothetical and practically impossible.
I.Shcherbak. Anti crisis mechanisms of the OSCE in integration processes West – East
Recent events in Ukraine and the OSCE’s constructive role in regulating the crisis situation in the south-east of this country have confirmed once again the relevancy of this universal regional organization in international “crisis diplomacy”, in finding upshots of military-political aspects of the Ukrainian crisis.
Yu. Belobrov. Obstacles on the way to universalization
At present 190 states are participants of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction. At the same time beyond the bounds of the Convention there remain six countries, which as before are not tied with any restrictions in given sphere. The non-participation of these countries in the Convention undermines its efficiency, leaving the possibility of using their territory and military chemical potential as a source of spreading and illegal purchase of chemical weapons, including by non- state subjects.
COLUMN OF EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Oganesyn. Crimea: the script wrecked
Taking office, John Tefft, American ambassador in Russia, underlined, that one of his principle tasks was the clarification of Russia’s position to the White House. It goes without saying, that, before clarifying something to others, it’s necessary, first, to make out many things for yourself. It supposes not simple inner work. So if the ambassador reflects Washington’s point of view in different versions, then it is the same thing as looking at yourself in the mirror, affirming, that in the mirror there is reflected another person.
IN the MFA OF RF
Party in memoriam of Yu.V. Dubinin
The veterans’ Council of the MFA of RF together with the Association of Russian diplomats held a meeting of colleagues, friends and disciples of Yuri Vladimirovich Dubinin, outstanding diplomat and wonderful person. It was remembered Paris, Madrid, New York, Washington and Kiev – all his ambassadorial assignments, work in Moscow and multiple facets of his knowledge, skills and talents.
WORLD AROUND US
V. Bushuev. Energy of Eurasia and struggle of civilizations
The world is on the verge of the third world war. In fact, it has already started. The confrontation has already stepped out of the limits of scientific and culturological discussions and informative and political dialogues, threats and sanctions. There has started struggle of civilizations – and not only for the right of everyone to advance by one’s own way, develop on the basis of one’s own traditions and according to modernism, understandable in one’s own fashion, but for the right inself to exist in the history of the world.
M. Granovkaya. Phenomenon of the post secular
Today it’s possible to hear oftener and oftener, that the society has become post secular. In fact, the restoration of religion’s authority is one of the main trends, characterizing the development of modern society. Two centuries of secularization gave place to increase of religious moods in the world, to great extent, disappointed at the ideas, being offered by the absolutely secular society. Today religion is one of the main factors and instruments of the world politics.
L. Gusev. Development of economic cooperation in the field of energy between Azerbaijan and Russia
Azerbaijan is one of the key countries in the international energy politics. Besides, in the course of last 15 years there has been observed rapid economic growth. It makes this country attractive for cooperation by its transport and communication ties with South and East as well.
D. Tsybakov. Politico-military conflictogenity of the post Soviet territories
The post Soviet territories continue to remain a coflictogenic zone on the political map of the world. Political instability, unsolved disputes, including territorial ones, between political elites remain in many states of the region. Events in Ukraine have showed the reality of using the military factor to achieve political objects.
VIENNA – 2014
Russia and Europe: urgent problems of contemporary international journalism. Global challenges “in the mirror” of mass media
In the end of every year under the auspices of the MFA of the RF the magazine “International Affairs” traditionally holds an international conference on “hot” problems of international journalism. The discussions muster up elite of the European information realm. This time in Vienna the main direction of the discussion was carried on the thesis, formulated by S.V. Lavrov, minister of foreign affairs of Russia, in his welcome address to the participants: “Attempts to unleash information wars, the game without rules still more destabilize the situation, lead to the aggravation of threats to security, to equal and based on mutual respect cooperation of states and peoples. Really independent, competent and bold journalism, guided not by egoist interests, but by service to the truth and justice is called for.