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.
The failure of the Islamist political parties who came to power in the dramatic events of the Arab Spring would allow the military to reenter the political arena. Political Islam was successful in the opposition, but it could fail in power, as the negative experience of Egypt and Iraq have shown.
In light of the present situation in the Middle East, Russia and Israel find themselves facing common challenges. Under these newly emerging situations, Russia sees its partnership with Israel as a potential asset in resolving acute regional issues. From a Russian perspective, the compatibility of Israeli and Russian interests could contribute to such a partnership.
The Arab Spring has dramatically changed the alignment of forces in the Middle East and North Africa. What are the long-term consequences of these changes and how can relations be established with the new political elites? Politicians and leading experts on Middle East studies discussed these issues at the Valdai International Discussion Club conference, “Islam in Politics: Ideology or Pragmatism?” in Marrakesh, Morocco, on May 14-15.