The Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) has a long history, starting from November, 1818, when an Asiatic Museum under the Imperial Academy of Sciences was set up in St. Petersburg.
Ifri, the first French think tank or "idea factory" aimed at a deeper analysis of international issues, is now recognized as one of the very first European think tanks and one of the most important in the world.
Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University) of the MFA of Russia was founded on October 14, 1944 when the USSR Council of People’s Commissars reorganized the recently created School of International Relations of the Moscow State University into an independent institute.
Russia Beyond the Headlines is an internationally recognized source of political, business and cultural news and analysis. The project is produced by leading Russian daily Rossiyskaya Gazeta and currently includes 17 supplements in 14 countries.
The Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technology (CAST) was founded in 1997. It is a private research center specializing in the restructuring of Russia’s defense industry, the national arms procurement program and the Russian arms trade. CAST is also involved in studies of the Russian army reform and armed conflicts in the former Soviet republics. The center publishes the Eksport Vooruzheniy (Arms Exports) magazine in Russian and Moscow Defense Brief in English.
IRAS (Iran and Eurasia Research Center)
Iran and Eurasia Research Center (IRAS) is the only non-governmental research centre in Iran which studies cultural, political, economic and social matters of Russia, Central Asia and Caucasus and the relations between Iran and countries in these regions. This institute supplies the latest news, reports, analysis the events of the region for academics and researchers.
Euro-Asian Social Development Research Institute.
The main function of the Institute is to undertake the follow-up analysis and research on political, economic and social developments as well as external political and economic relations of the countries in the Euro-Asian regions, and on the interactions between the development of these regions and the development of the global politics and economy.
OpenDemocracy Russia is an open forum hosting comment, expert analysis and public-interest journalism on the post-Soviet world.
Voice of Russia is a global multilingual information platform providing both radio and website information services, geared toward a wide range of listeners and readers with a general interest in Russia and its relations with the world. Voice of Russia broadcasts on the Internet in 33 languages and is visited by thousands of people on all the continents on a daily basis.
Rostekhnologii State Corporation (ROSTEC) is a Russian corporation established in 2007 in order to facilitate the development, manufacturing and export of high-technology industrial products of military and civil purposes. Today it comprises over 663 companies, which form 8 military-industrial and 5 civil industry holdings. Rostec’s subsidiaries are located in 60 regions of Russia and supply their products to over 70 countries worldwide.
Summa Group is a diversified private investment holding. Its portfolio companies employ more than 10,000 people in almost 40 regions of Russia and abroad. Summa Group works in the following fields: ports, transport and logistics; engineering and construction; oil and gas; agriculture; metals and mining; telecommunications. Summa Group is a strategic investor that plays an active role in the operational management of its companies. Summa Group focuses on long-term operational improvements through a wide variety of initiatives including enhancement of corporate governance and management practices, talent management, financial discipline, and proactive, socially responsible behavior in the regions where our companies operate.
State Corporation ‘Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs’ (Vnesheconombank) operates to diversify the Russian economy, boost its competitive edge and encourage investment activity. The Bank for Development is responsible for providing investment, foreign economic, insurance and consultative support for projects in Russia and abroad aimed at developing infrastructure, innovations, special economic zones, environment protection, providing support for exports of Russian products, works and services as well as supporting small and medium-sized enterprises.
Russia has become very adept in playing the diplomatic game, in which victory depends on choosing the right associate or partner. But there are a growing number of claimants to this role in the new horizontal and interdependent world. Aside Syria and Iran, being still important, the new venues for the application of practical diplomacy may well be Ukraine, the East China Sea and Afghanistan.
Other than Iran, no state near NATO poses a ballistic missile threat to the Alliance — with the exception of Russia. But the SM-3 interceptors to be deployed in phases 2 and 3 will be capable of engaging only medium- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles, which Russia has given up under the terms of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
Edward Snowden is not an isolated case but part of an independent community which is increasingly resolute in asserting itself and rejecting “raison d’Etat” and behind-the-scenes manipulation. The direct results of Snowden’s disclosures are most clearly evident in the context of Russian-American relations. The Snowden case has humiliated Europe, which Putin took the opportunity to remind them of.
Russia should stop offering economic assistance to Ukraine. President Yanukovych desperately needs financial relief, and, in extremis, he can promise anything in return. Ukraine has entered uncharted waters. Whatever the outcome of the current political standoff in Kiev and of the forthcoming presidential elections, the economic situation of the country is very difficult.