Abstract of the journal number 8, August, 2010

00:00 14.09.2010

Conference of Ambassadors of the Russian Federation 2010


*Russian Diplomacy: Protecting National Interests and Assisting in the Broad Modernization of the Country

D. Medvedev, President of the Russian Federation

We need to figure out partnership with which countries will maximally help Russia modernize its technologies and join the regional and global markets as a supplier of high-tech products. The task is absolutely practical and should produce measurable results that will be easily assessed by the country's leadership and at all other levels.

Keywords: Partnership for modernization, technological upgrade of Russian industry, cooperation in innovative sphere, Asia Pacific

*The Asian Dimension of Russia's Politics and the Modernization of the Country

A. Borodavkin

The priorities of the Asia Pacific region should be to erase its internal division lines, to combine the existing building blocks and security pillars in the framework of a coherent architecture, and to create a common cooperation and security space.

Keywords: Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Asean Regional Foum, Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia, nuclear problem of the Korean Peninsula, Second Russia-ASEAN Summit


*Culture in the International Humanitarian Cooperation

F. Mukhametshin

It is imperative for Russia to be involved in world-class cultural programs and projects. Elements of a new and tightly integrated global culture will be growing out of this type of initiatives.

Keywords: Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation, Russian Commission for UNESCO Affairs, cultural heritage, humanitarian cooperation, Russian language, culture, spirituality

*Cooperation of Russian Business and Diplomacy in Modernizing the Country

A. Shokhin

The activity of Russia's Embassies and trade missions in the economic sphere should not be limited to the promotion of Russian export. Still more important is the task of diplomatic support aimed at creating the conditions under which the international economic transactions would be helping Russia modernize its economy and boost its innovative potential.

Keywords: Economic diplomacy, economic crisis, world economy, trade missions

*Partnership for Modernization as the Key Element of the Cooperation Between Russia and the EU

V. Chizhov

It is necessary to dispel the West's illusions that Russia is inherently unable to modernize its economy and political system and that as a result modernization can only be implanted into Russia from elsewhere.

Keywords: Russia-EU strategic partnership, modernization projects, foreign experience, action plan, complimentary potentials of Russia and EU

*Beating Famine: the Common Goal and the National Interests

A. Meshkov

Country leaders will convene in New York in September to assess progress towards the Millennium Development Goals set by the UN Millennium Summit. No doubt, the global problem of famine and malnutrition will draw their attention at the forum.

Keywords: Development goals, development goal number 1, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, five Rome principles, UN Secretary General”s advisory group, Aquila Food Security Initiative, World Food Programme, International Fund for Agricultural Development, United Nations Development Programme, Committee for World Food Security

*G20 and G8 Searching for Solutions to Global Socioeconomic Problems

V. Lukov

Chronologically, the June 25-26 G8 summit in Muskoka preceded the June 26-27 G20 Summit in Toronto. Nevertheless, the logic of the global economic development and the changing relative importance of the two global forums make the analysis of the June 26-27 G20 Summit a natural starting point.

Keywords: G8, G20, Muskoka and Toronto Summits, IMF, marine shelf disasters, framework agreement, statement of struggle against terrorism

*Vienna International Organizations: the Modernization Potential for Russia and the World

A. Zmeevsky

A project aimed at maximally employing the potential of the fishing sector in achieving economic growth, creating jobs, and improving the population's living standards has been launched in Sierra Leone, Russia being the donor

Keywords: IAEA, Preparatory Commission of Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization , low-grade uranium, inovative projects, Skolkovo innovation center

*Asia Pacific Region and Russia: A New Role in the Global Development

A. Ivanov

It was hardly expected just a decade ago, when Asian countries were striving to overcome the 1998 financial crisis, that the Asia Pacific region will evolve into the engine of global development in the XXI century.

Keywords: Asia-Europe Meeting, ASEAN+, ASEAN+3, Asean Regional Forum, Council for Security Cooperation in  Asia-Pacific,  Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia

*Russia Facing the Challenge of the West's “Public Diplomacy”

D. Rogozin

So far the Russian readership and expert community remain largely unfamiliar with the key component of the NATO political mechanics known as the “public diplomacy”.

Keywords: Public diplomacy concept, Russia, NATO, soft power, hard power, NATO young network

*Meeting With Veterans and the Younger People

I. Kravchenko

The Russian President's meetings with veterans of the diplomatic service and younger Russian diplomats during the Conference of Ambassadors of the Russian Federation is becoming a tradition.

On the new symbols of Russia's Foreign Ministry

Keywords: Council of young diplomats of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, veteran of diplomatic service, charity


Editor's Column

*Russia's Foreign Ministry and Modernization

A. Oganesyan

It would be naïve to believe that the Foreign Ministry should act a mentor helping the Russian business tidy itself European-style or as a promoter of minute corporate interests... It is not the Foreign Ministry's mission to oversee modernization in Russia. Diplomacy should be the coordinator, the mediator, the patron - and occasionally the initiator of particularly important projects and deals.



*Middle East Before and After D. Medvedev's Meetings in Damascus

S. Rostokin

The Russian leader's visit to Syria was not just a courtesy returned. This was the first time over the rich history of Russo-Syrian bilateral relations that a Russian leader came to Damascus.

Keywords: D.A. Medvedev, B. Asad, Middle East, Israel, Palestinian National Autonomy, quartet of international mediators, armed clashes, occupation, peace process

*Another Meeting with India: Always Afresh

A. Kadakin

In my life, India emerged as a second motherland. It has become my karma–bhumi, because I worked here for so many years, my gnyana–bhumi, because I have learned a lot here, my tapa–bhumi (especially in the hot season), but most importantly — my prem — and maitri–bhumi, because I have fallen in love with it.

Keywords: India, karma–bhumi, gnyana–bhumi, N. Rerikh, Mohandas Gandhi

*On the Art of Diplomacy

Yu. Dubinin

Complete replays never happen – in international politics or in life in general. Borrowing even the luckiest solutions from the past does not necessarily produce the desired results.

Keywords: Diplomatic service, the art of diplomacy, search for solution, basis of available knowleadge and experience, public opinion

*Jubilee Greetings to A.V. Torkunov


*God is With Those Who Are Right, Not With Those Who Are Powerful

E. Pyadysheva

A collection of essays about Prince Alexander of Neva - a remarkable Russian statesman, diplomat and warrior – saw the light of day recently. Its editor is Moscow State Institute for International Relations President, Academician A.V. Torkunov. Prince Alexander is remembered for his good works and for his role in defending Orthodox Christianity and Russia's statehood in one of the country's difficult epochs.

Keywords: St. Alexander of Neva, Popism, the Golden Horde, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University)

*Defiant Chávez

Yu. Minaev

Hugo Chávez: The Definitive Biography of Venezuela's Controversial President (Hugo Chávez Sin Uniforme. Un Historia Personal), a documentary novel by Cristina Markano and Alberto Barrera Tyszka is dedicated to Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, a prominent Latin American leader who is often likened to Fidel Castro.

Keywords: Simón Bolívar, Hugo Chavez, Cristina Markano, Alberto Barrera Tyszka, Latin America

*The Faces of Europe

E. Rymko

Over the past several years, the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Science published several monographs in the framework of the Old World – New Times series, the subjects being major West European countries and Europe's regions.

Keywords: Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Science, Old World – New Times series, All World Publishers


History Milestones

*British Prime Minister H. Wilson's January 22-24, 1968 visit to the USSR

A. Torin

Documents from the Foreign Politics Archive of the Russian Federation declassified by the Foreign Ministry and published for the first time shed light on details of British Prime Minister H. Wilson's January 22-24, 1968 visit to the USSR.  

Keywords: H. Wilson”s 1968 visit, Soviet-British relations, European security, Warsaw Treaty Organization of Friendship, Cooperation, and Mutual Assistance

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