12 December 2016

Major Takeaways from X RISA Convention

December 8th-9th, the tenth Convention of the Russian International Studies Association (RISA), dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Russia’s foreign policy unfolded at MGIMO University. The event was supported by MGIMO’s Endowment Fund and Alumni Association.

The program of the Convention comprised a myriad of different events: 60 sections and round tables, two plenary sessions and three international conferences «Israel and Russia: common and specific in viewpoints. Devoted to the 25th anniversary of Russian — Israeli relations», «Russia and Poland in new environment: are there opportunities for cooperation?» and «ASEAN and Russia in Asia-Pacific region: dynamic of cooperation, regional processes and the global context (final results of the anniversary year of the ASEAN — Russia dialogue partnership)». The event gathered more than 1200 Russian and foreign experts from over 35 countries!

The event was opened by MGIMO Rector and RISA President Anatoly Torkunov. The plenary sessions were attended by Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, the Vice-President of RISA and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Higher School of Economics, Andrei Melville, the Chairman of the Israeli National Security Council and National Security Advisor (2011–2013) Yaakov Amidror, the Dean of the Faculty of World Politics at Moscow State University Andrei Kokoshin, the former President of the Kyrgyz Republic (1991–2005), also a honorary doctor of MGIMO Askar Akayev, the Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club, Andrei Bystritsky, the Director of the Institute of USA and Canada Studies Sergey Rogov, the Director the Institute of World History at the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Chubarian and MGIMO’s Vice-Rector for General Affairs, also Executive Director of RISA, Artem Malgin along with many other experts and academics.

December 8th, prizes were awarded to the best experts in International Relations in the framework of the first-ever competition for «the best monograph», «The best collective work» and «the best article by a young researcher». The guests of the Convention were also offered the opportunity to enjoy a interesting cultural program: an exhibition dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Russian foreign policy, another on Israeli discoveries that changed the world, and yet another on the 150th anniversary of the renowned Estonian politician Jaan Poska. Classical music concerts were held in the evenings after both days of the Convention.

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