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The World in 2013

By Jessica Tuchman Mathews

2012 was a quiet year, a time of sorting out major changes previously set in motion. If there was a common theme, it is that while change can be breathtakingly swift in this globalized world, resolutions take longer than expected. READ MORE

EU-Ukrainian Association Agreement: To sign or not to sign

By Roman Rukomeda

The leak of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement (AA) turns the focus of their relations to a Shakespearean question: to sign or not to sign. And since Ukraine is ready to sign, it puts the onus on the EU, in the complex geopolitical games of Russia, Europe, the US and other influential international players. READ MORE

The End of the EU-Russia Relationship As You Know It

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By Dmitri Trenin

The EU-Russia summit last week in Brussels seemed almost routine. Gas, visas, Syria, and human rights were all on an agenda that proved largely fruitless. Yet, something is different and no one seems to have noticed. Relations between the European Union and its biggest neighbor are changing fundamentally. READ MORE

U.S. and Germany Wake Up to Putin

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By Lilia Shevtsova

The West is starting to change its views on Russia. In September, the European Parliament adopted a resolution criticizing how court decisions are often politically driven in Russia. In October, the European Parliament proposed that the  European Council come up with its own Magnitsky list. In November, the Magnitsky Act was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives and the German Bundestag approved a sharp resolution criticizing the Kremlin's crackdown on human rights and other elements of a democratic society. READ MORE

Robert Donaldson: The time has come for the second Reset

US-Russia relations are always at the center of attention among Russian and foreign analysts. That is why RIAC could not miss an opportunity to interview Prof. Robert Donaldson of the University of Tulsa, a renowned expert in Russia and US external affairs. Prof. Donaldson was kind enough to speak about the "reset", issues of mutual distrust, US foreign policy shifts and the latest trends in the Asia Pacific. READ MORE

Deutsche Bank co-CEO drawn into C02 tax evasion probe

Deutsche Bank co-chief executive Juergen Fitschen was drawn into a widening tax evasion probe linked to carbon trading at Germany's biggest lender on Wednesday as police and tax inspectors raided its offices. READ MORE

Iranian Compromise

By Karina Nikolayeva, Georgij Kovalev

Grave economic state of the Republic is the key factor to achieve mutual understanding and decision of Iran to make a compromise with IAEA READ MORE

Provincial Europe

By Joschka Fischer

Multitasking is not exactly the strong point of Europe’s current generation of leaders. They have rightly given the eurozone crisis – the central question bearing on the European Union’s future – top priority. But all other important issues – above all, a common foreign and security policy – have been almost completely ignored. And it is here – Europe’s external relations, an issue absolutely vital to the future of all EU citizens – that renationalization is rearing its ugly head again. READ MORE

Poland improves corruption level

The latest study by Transparency International shows that the country has risen to 41st place on the list compared to various other nations around the globe. READ MORE

Serbia: Delta Holding owner remanded in custody for 30 days

A Special Court judge has remanded Delta Holding owner Miroslav Mišković, his son Marko, Milo Đurašković and another four suspects in custody for 30 days. READ MORE