Abstract of the journal № 6, June, 2013
S. Ryabkov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia
Russia - USA: we will try to expand the interfaces of mutual expectations and opportunities
The Americans want us to do many things, including the continuation of negotiations on nuclear arms, and to deepen cooperation on some regional issues, and this is exactly what we want from them. We also want to...
A. Zmeevsky. On international cooperation in the fight against criminal threats and challenges
Contributions to the strengthening of collective international efforts to combat international terrorism, drug trafficking, and organized crime, were identified by President Vladimir Putin in his decree "On measures for the implementation of the foreign policy of the Russian Federation" dated May 7th, 2012 as being among the main aims of Russian foreign policy. These categories of new threats and challenges are firmly established on the international agenda, and have become factors affecting the provision of global and regional security, and sometimes as an instrument of geopolitical influence.
EDITOR IN CHIEF’S COLUMN
A. Oganesyan. “Back to Thatcherism” or funeral for a dream
We can say that Thatcher survived "Thatcherism", which was, in reality, a local phenomenon confined within the British Isles. Only thanks to the uniqueness of Thatcher as an individual person, has "Thatcherism" acquired the illusory features of versatility. In this sense, ironically, the "Iron Lady" remains as the character in the Russian film "Lady Macbeth of Mtsenski District.”
Y. Raykov. South China Sea: Area of cooperation or waters of conflict
Recently, in a number of capitals in the Asia-Pacific region, especially Beijing and Tokyo, serious passions have been raging, and the bellicose rhetoric and drumbeat is not subsiding. Politicians and the military compete in patriotism, fueled by nationalism.
O. Nessar. Pakistan and the West's Afghan mission
In the course of the Afghan conflict, Pakistan was one of the most active geopolitical players. Still today, Islamabad remains a key member in the "Afghan game" not only because of its traditional influence on the Taliban, but also due to Afghanistan’s lack of an exit to the sea for the Western coalition forces operating on its territory.
A. Fedorchenko. Sectarian conflict in Saudi Arabia, "a Shiite question"
For Russia, the political situation in the Gulf region is of fundamental importance because of the size of its resource potential and its significant role in the global energy sector, its geographic proximity, and the influence of Arabian countries 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 in Russia's Middle East policy. In this region, there is a growing influence from the kingdoms of the Persian Gulf, especially Saudi Arabia.
THE WORLD AROUND US
A. Davydenko. Parliamentary diplomacy: the Latin American vector
From 14th to 17th May, an official delegation of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation headed by Chairman V. I. Matviyenko visited Mexico and Cuba. They were an integral part of the parliamentary dimension of the whole multi-vectored foreign policy, which modern Russia effectively applies based on the principles of equality, mutual respect and mutually beneficial cooperation between the multipolar systems of international relations.
V. Volok. Opposition to illegal immigration: EU practice and Russian policy
In the EU, in spite of a fairly rigid system of issuing visas and border security, illegal migration exists in practice. Until now, the main difficulty has been to determine the extent of the phenomenon. There are a significant number of expert assessments, often they are very controversial and often they do not have a depth of study.
O. Morozova. Modern trends in intergovernmental relations in Germany
The term "fiscal equalization" is treated in an extremely ambiguous manner in German legal literature and case law. For example, in German legal doctrine it is traditional to consider fiscal equalization in both a broad and a narrow sense.
A. Kuznetsov. Debt of historical memory
Against the background of an unusually increased interest in our country's history and exacerbation of complex historical issues in Russia's relations with a number of other countries, a new light appears to shine for the role of Russian archives as guardians of historical memory.
V. Zlobina. Historical memory and spiritual roots unite people
In Odessa, at the international conference on "Culture of ethnic, religious and legal relations in the media," was held. At which, along with representatives of public authorities, cultural figures participated, together with representatives of the clergy, the media, students, and businesses 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. On the Youth Conference of Compatriots "Oh sports, you are our world!"
On 23rd-24th April in Moscow under the Government Commission for fellow countrymen abroad, an International Youth Forum for compatriots was held, under the slogan "Oh sports, you are our world". The forum brought together more than 100 delegates from 49 countries. The youth that arrived in Moscow represented themselves not as sporting amateurs, but as young men and women, competently versed in the affairs of the organization of sporting life, and wanting to see for themselves the sporting reality in their historic homeland, especially in anticipation of major world-class events.
V. Sibilev. The Regional Meeting of the Americas compatriots in Cuba
On 9th-11th May 2013, with the support of the Government Commission on Compatriots Living Abroad and the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the VII Regional Conference of Russian compatriots living in North and South America, was held in Havana. It was attended by the leaders and activists of the 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 Ministry of Foreign Affairs confidently insisted that the new Russia did not need Africa, or for that matter, Latin America, and some other regions geographically distant from our country on the planet. Today, only a political deaf and dumb would deny the importance and significance to Russian national interests of maintaining and developing multifaceted relations with Africa, as well as with Latin America and other regions.
E. Ananeva. Short micro story - "Dust of small facts"?
A. Starostin. An in depth look at migration