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Transnational threats, such as terrorism, illegal trafficking in narcotic drugs and human beings, organized crime, including cyber-crime, remain among the most significant threats to peace, security and stability worldwide and to the participating States of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Such criminal activities undermine the social and economic development of nations, fundamental freedoms of people in OSCE region, their safety, stability and enjoyment of human rights. Andrey G. Karlov, Diplomat, Ambassador, an outstanding personality well respected by authorities of many states, including his own, by diplomatic community in Ankara and far beyond was deprived from his right to life, liberty and security that is essential and fundamental to every human being. Terrorist decided that he may just take away the life of the Ambassador when the Diplomat was opening an exhibition devoted to develop friendly and mutually beneficial relations between nations. Thus the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights was blatantly violated. Fundamental principle of the inviolability of diplomatic staff according to the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations were blatantly violated as well.
1. The outgoing year 2016 was a difficult one for world politics and international relations. The international situation remained tense. Acute contradictions between states and associations of states with regard to fundamental issues of the world order remained unchanged. Blood was shed in entire regions, where statehood and the legitimate basis of the government have been undermined by external interventions or foreign support to local extremist and radical forces. The terrorist threat in the belt of instability ranging from North Africa to South Asia’s borders has taken on a systemic dimension. The entire world has to pay a high price for the attempts of a limited number of countries to retain their global "leadership" at all costs.
Certainly Britain is entering a new phase of its historical development after Brexit. London has to shift its relations with the outer world and to come forward as an independent player from the EU. Institute of Commonwealth Studies Director, Professor Phillip Murphy was interviewed by «International Affairs» journal about perspectives of the UK’s foreign policy.

Vladislav INOZEMTSEV

Russia's Economic Modernization: The Causes of a Failure

Russie.Nei.Visions No. 96, September 2016

 

In this short study of attempts that have been made in recent years to modernise the Russian economy, the author explains why they have all ended in failure. Unlike most experts, he focuses on politics and ideology. He stresses that the idea of modernisation runs counter to the historical vision that is now propagated by the Russian leadership, to the system of governance that it has chosen and to Russia’s current path of isolation from the West. In his view, such political choices have rendered modernisation of the Russian economy unfeasible. The author also points to other problems: the effects of privatisation, which have made investment in new industrial facilities unprofitable, the declining quality of business leaders who are chosen for their political loyalty and the lack of independent big businesses that could insist on reforms being carried out.

Vladislav Inozemtsev is a Russian economist, Doctor of economic science and the founder and director of the Centre for the Study of Post-industrial Society (founded 1996).

Among Russia’s strategic priorities, Asia traditionally played a secondary role compared to the West. In the mid-1990s, then Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov initiated a rapprochement with China and India. Then, in 2014, deteriorating relations between Russia and the West prompted Moscow to begin its "great pivot to the East”.
Venice, Italy, May 24 2016, - Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company and SuperJet International (a joint venture between Leonardo-Finmeccanica Company and Sukhoi Holding) celebrated the delivery of the first Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) to CityJet, which becomes the first European SSJ100 customer. The Irish airline will lease 15 SSJ100 aircraft with an option for additional 16. The deal is worth over 1 Billion USD, including option and after-sales services.
The lectio magitralis of Romano Prodi in Moscow on the 17. March 2016, organised by the journal International Affairs, was one of those events that will be remembered for a long time to come by those who attended and had the chance to meet the former European Commission
International relations have entered a very difficult period, and Russia once again finds itself at the crossroads of key trends that determine the vector of future global development.
Many different opinions have been expressed in this connection including the fear that we have a distorted view of the international situation and Russia’s international standing. I perceive this as an echo of the eternal dispute between pro-Western liberals and the advocates of Russia’s unique path. There are also those, both in Russia and outside of it, who believe that Russia is doomed to drag behind, trying to catch up with the West and forced to bend to other players’ rules, and hence will be unable to claim its rightful place in international affairs. I’d like to use this opportunity to express some of my views and to back them with examples from history and historical parallels.
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Rodney John Allam, chairman of Global Energy’s International Award Committee. How will world energy develop? Interview. Host - Yury Minaev, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the International Affairs journal.

"The policy of forcing artificial choice between Russia and the European Union is neither any useful' for Russia nor for the target countries of the Eastern Partnership," emphasizes Alexey L. Fedotov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Slovak Republic.

The Russian Federation has had an impressive celebration of the 70th anniversary of the victory over fascism and Nazism in World War II, respectively, in the Great Patriotic War. Although the leadership of the EU and the European Parliament have tried to politicize these celebrations by negative information warfare on Ukraine and anti- Russian campaign, it turned out that the nations of Europe are often wiser and take the opposite view on Russia than their political leaders and so- called the mainstream media in the EU.