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Abstract of the journal number 12, December, 2011

13:56 08.12.2011 •

S. Lebedev

The 20 Years of CIS. Economy Tops the Priorities List

The economic cooperation is the top priority on the CIS agenda. Due to the reason, the group instituted the Economic Council, a board drawing together the vice premiers of the respective countries to address such key issues as the cooperation in transit, energy, communications, etc. The orchestration of efforts in the spheres is central to the stability of the national economies across the CIS

Keywords: 20 years of the CIS, the Belavezha Accords, the Alma-Ata Protocols, the Eurasian   Economic Community, the Collective Security Treaty Declaration

M. Bogdanov

The Middle East and North Africa Headed towards Deep Transformations

Socioeconomic problems in the countries of the regions piled up for decades, with a tide of completely warranted criticisms against the stagnant regimes rising in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen. It was clear that mass protests would sooner or later erupt in the countries, but the timing of the spontaneous outbreaks of unrest remained unpredictable until the last minute

Keywords: the countries of the Middle East and North Africa, the US Security Council resolutions, the Greater Middle East

S. Ryabkov

Looking Back at a Fairly Successful Year

From the outset, there could be no illusions that Russia's relations with the US would avoid dips and roadblocks. The reset is by definition a snap policy turn rather than a process supposed to unfold indefinitely. We do hope that the political battles over the US missile defense plan would never cause the US-Russian relations to revert to a state of a lasting or permanent chill

Keywords: missile defense, the New Start, the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, BRICS, ASEAN, the Year of the Dragon


The Three Lessons From Ambassador Tibor Tóth

Philosopher George Santayana once said that "those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. Three lessons derivable from the developments that took place 50, 15, and 5 years ago may be cited to reinforce the view.

Keywords: rounds of nuclear testing, the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, end of nuclear tests worldwide


A. Oganesyan

US Hyper-Ambitious Approach to the Pacific Region

The mini-NATO may eventually swell to the proportions of a completely real Asian analog of NATO, with South Korea, the Philippines, and Thailand bracketed within the alliance. Considering the designs, the present-day US planning vis-a-vis China evokes similarities with the concepts employed in the epoch of the Cold War with the USSR

Keywords: “America's Pacific Century” by H. Clinton, mini-NATO, BRICS


Russia and the countries of Central and East Europe: A New Developmental Paradigm. The Journal's Debate

Having reached the halfway stage of the evolution towards capitalism, the region's countries seem to pause in an attempt to assess to what extent the Western-style market economy can be reconciled with their national visions. The democratic norms and universal values are for the most part adopted, but a question arises at the point how well those coexist with national traditions and whether the new approaches should be allowed to trump the entrenched moral perceptions. The above and related themes pertinent to the context of contemporary Central and East Europe were discussed at a roundtable debate of scholars and diplomats which was hosted by International Affairs

Keywords: Central and East European countries, Eastern Partnership, the Visegrád Group, the EU, Kosovo, the Greater Europe, the Balkans, the EU eastward expansion


I. Kostikov, M. Belyaev

The G20 in Cannes: Resolutions Sealed and the Muscle Ready

The November 3-4 G20 forum in Cannes must be credited with opening up a new epoch for the international economy. The world economy in general and the financial flows in particular are to become unprecedentedly transparent and controllable and should serve the interests of the global community

Keywords: financial flows, openness and transparency, derivatives, offshores, global financial regulation, social orientation, the Financial Stability Board

Susan Stewart

European Repercussions of the Admission of Russia to the WTO

It was an easy guess recently that Russia's bid for the WTO membership would go through shortly, indeed, Russia was officially welcomed to the organization at the December 16 ministerial forum in Geneva. All that Russia has to accomplish to merge into the WTO is to have its legislature ratify the corresponding agreements by June 15, 2012

Keywords: the admission of Russia to the WTO, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)/WTO, the  Partnership and Co-operation Agreement, the free-trade area and the Customs Union between Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia, the relations between Russia and the EU

N. Kaveshnikov

The Many Faces of Energy Security

Energy is the backbone of the partnership between Russia and the EU. The proportions and complimentary characters of the Russian and European economies make Russia's contribution to the energy security of the Greater Europe impossible to ignore, but the gap between the readings of energy security in Moscow and Brussels is too wide to even define the immediate  threats in the sphere, least to formulate a shared strategy of parring them

Keywords: energy security, the Russia-EU relations, the Russia-EU energy dialog

E. Studneva

International Journalism for Russia and Europe

It depends on the professionalism and ethic standards of the journalist community whether mass media will contribute to peace and searches for compromises during crises or will take a role in inciting confrontations and violence, stated Russia's foreign minister S. Lavrov in an address to the “Russia-EU: Problems of Contemporary International Journalism” conference which convened in Paris on November 24-25, 2011

Keywords: international conference in Paris, Russian and foreign media, the problems of international journalism


A. Chepurin

The 2011 Achievements Highlighted the Increasing Importance of the Federal Program of Accommodating Compatriots

It is too early to fully assess the efficiency of the program, but, importantly, it helped create the basic mechanisms of assisting the Russian countrymen seeking repatriation. Intermediate results can already be summarized – 7,000, 8,000, and 12,000 countrymen moved to Russia over the first three years when the program was in effect, and 30,000 are expected to repatriate this year

Keywords: the federal repatriation program, the Russian world abroad

O. Vasnetsov

The Current State and the Future of International Contacts Maintained by Russian Cossack Organizations

In all epochs, the Cossacks were a significant group within the framework of the Russian statehood as carriers of the corresponding culture and values and as active makers of the Russian history. The Cossacks have a solid reputation for courage and patriotism, are deeply religious and loyal to their nation

Keywords: Cossack military societies, the Russian Presidential Council for Cossack Affairs, history and culture of the Cossacks, Cossacks abroad

V. Sibilev

Russians and the Status of the Russian Language Abroad

The World Conference On the Status of the Russian Language Abroad was held on October 17-18, 2011 in Moscow under the auspices of the Government Commission for the Affairs of Compatriots Abroad. The unprecedented attendance – 200 delegates from 91 country plus 80 Russian participants -  reflected the public interest in the theme intensely discussed earlier at a series of regional forums of compatriots

Keywords: the World Conference On the Status of the Russian Language Abroad, the 2012-2014 Program for Engagement with Compatriots, the Russian School Abroad concept, the language of Pushkin

I. Danilevich

Russia's Interests at International Art Fairs

Serious efforts are made these days to regain the oeuvres and historical artifacts which disappeared from Russia in the epochs of the Socialist Revolution, the Civil War, and the two World Wars.  Considering the magnitude of the losses, Russia must, in the interest of the national heritage, maintain an expanding presence on international antiques auctions

Keywords: Sotheby’s, Christie’s, MacDougall’s, Bonhams auction houses

V. Sokolov

The 1941 Moscow Parade. The Famous March to the Farewell of Slavianka”

The Russian military march - Farewell of Slavianka” - merits a place in the cultural legacy of Russia and the whole world. Composed in 1912 in response to the Balkan drama, it strikes a cord with the audience these days as ever before. The centennial of the emotionally charged march will be widely celebrated in October, 2012.

Keywords: the Farewell of Slavianka” march, V.I. Agapkin, the 1912 Balkan War, the November 7, 1941 Red Square parade


I. Morgulov

ASEAN After 20 Years of Integration

Yu.A. Raykov's “Economic Cooperation in Asia Pacific. The Evolution of Regionalism” offers an account of the activities of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum. The book touches upon major issues of the economic integration across Asia Pacific, with the analysis focused on the current states of the global and regional economies and their development trends, as well as on the relations between the ASEAN countries

Keywords: Asia Pacific economic cooperation, regional economic integration, the free trade zone, the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement,  the Bogor Goals

E. Pyadysheva

A Book About a Wonderful Person

«A Book About My Father and His Time” is a collection of memoirs dedicated to a Soviet statesman, a wonderful person, and a remarkable father V.I. Popov

Keywords: V.I. Popov, USSR Ministry of Culture, USSR State Committee for Television and Radio Broadcasting, the 1980 Olympic games


N. Kuznechevsky

Latvian XX Century History as Seen by a Russian Historian

The book by L.M. Vorob'eva, a specialist on German and Baltic foreign policies, titled “The History of Latvia from the Russian Empire to the USSR” continues a series published by the Institute for Strategic Studies. The treatise illustrates the impact of the legacy of the struggle between the German and Russian worlds over the Baltic region on its historical trajectory

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