September 2017

The impact of a number of factors on world trade in resources

By D.Rozanov

The current development of world energy is affected by a number of differently directed factors: the depletion of some traditional deposits and the development of new, sometimes more difficult-to-reach oil shale or heavy oil deposits, efforts to build capacities for the production of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and to provide transportation infrastructure. It is necessary to spend considerable funds on the development of renewable energy sources (RES), on improving technologies for extraction and processing of resources. This is taking place with the aggravation of the political situation and outbreaks of military operations in the Middle East region, which accounts for about 43% of the world's oil production. All this causes a divergence of supply and demand, a depressive state of prices, affects the structure of the existing commodity flows and their filling.

Ukraine Strengthens and Tightens Its Borders

By Nikolai Holmov

On September 1, 2017, President Petro Poroshenko announced that the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) would issue instructions to tighten and strengthen Ukrainian borders, a major feature of which would be the stringent requirement that Russian citizens possess biometric passports when entering Ukraine (, September 1). This NSDC decision announced by the President put an end to a longstanding internal debate with that body.

Hybrid Cooperation: A New Model for Russia-EU Relations


By Andrey Kortunov, Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council, RIAC member

Just six months ago, predictions of imminent revolution in world politics were all the rage in Russia and beyond. Observers saw plenty of signs of impending cataclysms: the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, the victory of a political outsider in the U.S. presidential election, the rise of far-right populism and anti-globalism in the West, and the wave of migration threatening to engulf Europe.