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The visit of Polish President Andrzej Duda to Australia and New Zealand can be called multifaceted, affecting several key issues of Polish foreign policy. Duda's participation in the Polish-Australian energy forum in Sydney stressed Warsaw's interest in attracting as much foreign investment as possible, including that from Australia, to the energy sector for the development of this industry with the goal of turning Poland into a transit and distribution hub through which gas from the US and Norway will be supplied to European consumers.
The idea of concluding an agreement between Belgrade and Pristina on the territorial delimitation between Serbs and Albanians, voiced by the president of self-proclaimed independent Kosovo, Hashim Thaci and supported by Serbian President Aleksandr Vučić, may be on the negotiating table in Brussels in early September 2018. Both presidents are to meet in the Belgian capital to resume the dialogue on the normalization of bilateral relations under the auspices of the European Union.
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 22-08-2018, 16:27
  • Views: 297
International Affairs: The Second Eurasian Women’s Forum* is not too far off. What makes it different from the first forum? Is there much interest in it in the international community? Valentina Matviyenko: Yes, there is a tremendous amount of interest. This is understandable. Women play a dynamically increasing role in all spheres of public life. It is a global trend that nobody seriously denies. We women are not just an inseparable part but an increasingly significant motive force of the historical process.
As the US sanction pressure on Russia intensifies, the US economic and political competition with their most important economic partner, China, is noticeably getting more fierce. Simultaneously, Washington has been exchanging direct and indirect economic strikes with Turkey and the EU. (In the case of the European Union, an exchange of blows occurs in connection with Washington’s threat to punish European companies that are set to ignore the US ban on cooperation with Iran.)
  • Category: Analytics |
  • Date: 17-08-2018, 12:44
  • Views: 379
This summer, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art celebrates its 10th anniversary. Today the museum is a symbol of changes in Moscow’s cultural life and a landmark on the international map of contemporary art. But there were many stages on this way – from opening of the Center of Contemporary Art (the initial title of the future museum) in 2008 in the former building of Bakhmetyevsky bus garage that had given the name to museum, to moving to its first permanent home in Gorky Park, in 2015.

The United States has decided to impose new sanctions against Russia. The first package of sanction measures of the US State Department will come into force on August 22. Vladimir Vasiliev, chief researcher at the Institute of the USA and Canada of the Russian Academy of Sciences, believes that the new sanctions will lead Russian-American relations to the "point of no return", where there will be no possibility left for a constructive dialogue between the current Russian and American elites.

  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 13-08-2018, 11:44
  • Views: 465
The new American initiative for the creation of the Indo-Pacific Partnership (IPP) has grabbed the spotlight in many political discussions of late. Although the idea to set up such a forum was proposed at the end of 2017 and to this day has been no more than a general slogan, now the Trump administration seems set to stake on it. Why?
In 1776, the oldest of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Benjamin Franklin, who was presiding at the Philadelphia Congress, which adopted the historic Declaration of Independence, pointed out as he opened the event that there was an image of a bright sun depicted on the back of his chair. “Is this the rising or setting sun for America?” – he asked the delegates rhetorically. History would provide the answer.
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 8-08-2018, 11:25
  • Views: 456
Trade negotiations have been increasingly used as a political tool. This is the first thing that comes to mind when one is trying to understand what is happening around the trade war unleashed by the administration of Donald Trump practically on all fronts: against the EU, China, Russia, Mexico and Canada. On the eve of a visit to Washington of the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Donald Trump suggested that the EU, at the same time as the USA, abandon customs duties, barriers and subsidies. He said in his Twitter account that he suggests this because they will refuse just the same ...
  • Category: Analytics |
  • Date: 6-08-2018, 14:12
  • Views: 459
Designed to give American students new insights into the country today, the Politics & Public Diplomacy in Contemporary Russia program at Moscow International University explores regional developments and conflicts, economic and political reforms, the role of mass media in society, and new cultural phenomena shaping Russian society. Through readings, lectures, seminars, and discussions conducted with faculty of Moscow International University and beyond, program participants gain a fuller understanding of the complex factors that have shaped the country’s evolution since 1990-s.