Russian International
Studies Association

The 12th RISA Convention

MGIMO-University will host the 12th Russian International Studies Association (RISA) Convention “The World of the Regions vs. the Regions of the World” 21-22 October, 2019.

The 12th RISA Convention Programme (PDF)

The Programme of the Convention will include ASEAN — Russia Forum on Education; the Conference of the French-Russian Trianon Dialogue and the Association of the Leading Universities entitled «Academic Diplomacy. The Role of Leading Russian Universities»; a plenary session «World of Regions VS Regions of the World»; a plenary session «Diplomacy: Experience and Heritage of the Era» devoted to great Russian diplomats such as Anatoly Dobrynin, Oleg Troyanovsky, Yuri Vorontsov, Evgeni Primakov; a special session of MIKTA and others.

The Convention is held with the support of MGIMO Endowment, MGIMO Alumni Association, PAO Severstal, the Center for Russian-Polish Dialogue and Understanding, the Russian-French Civil Society Forum Trianon Dialogue, the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund.

Plenary session “The World of the Regions vs. the Regions of the World”
21 October, 2019
MGIMO, Conference Hall

  1. Anatoly Torkunov, Rector, MGIMO-University, Academician of the RAS
  2. Hang Chuon Naron, Minister of Education, Youth and Sport, the Kingdom of Cambodia
  3. María Fernanda Espinosa, President of the United Nations General Assembly for the 73rd session
  4. Alexandre Yakovenko, Rector, the Diplomatic Academy of MFA of the Russian Federation
  5. Andrei Melville, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Higher School of Economics
  6. Caroline Janvier, Chairperson of the French-Russian Friendship Group at the French National Assembly

Plenary session “Diplomacy: Experience and Legacy”
21 October, 2019
MGIMO, Conference Hall

  1. Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Russian Federation
  2. Leonid Slutsky, Chairman of the Committee on International Affairs of the State Duma of the Russian Federation
  3. Anatoly Torkunov, Rector, MGIMO-University, Academician of the RAS
  4. Suzanne Massie, Special Advisor to the USA President (1984-1988)
  5. Alexey Gromyko,  Director of the Institute of Europe, corresponding member, RAS
  6. Sergey Krylov, Professor, MGIMO-University, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
  7. Alexander Panov, Head of the Department of Diplomacy, MGIMO-University, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiar
  8. Alexander Bessmertnykh, President of the MGIMO Alumni Association, President of the International Foreign Policy Association, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
  9. Constantine Mosel,  Professor of the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary



Russia and Poland in new environment

The international Russian - Polish Conference “Russia and Poland in new environment: are there opportunities for cooperation?” has become an inalienable part of the X RISA Convention. Exemplified by the bilateral Russian-Polish relations a number of issues were discussed such as economic and political transition, foreign policy formation and the influence of European processes on bilateral ties. This conference has come to be a logical continuation of close contacts between MGIMO researches and their Polish colleagues, although slightly less intensive in recent crisis years.

The discussion of transformations in Russia and Eastern Europe was launched by the President of the Regional public organization «Center for Strategy», state secretary of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic / Russian Federation (1991 - 1992), professor Gennady Burbulis.

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Israel and Russia: common and specific in viewpoints

December, 8 MGIMO hosted the international conference “Israel and Russia: common and specific in viewpoints”, devoted to the 25th anniversary of the restoration of diplomatic relations, within the framework of the X RISA Convention. This conference has become an incarnation of socio-economic achievements of the two countries as well as an attempt of comparison of their approaches to world politics and regional problems in the Middle East.

The Conference has brought together diplomats and experts who stood at the origins of modern Russian - Israeli relations. The day before the official start of the Conference an informal meeting of the representatives of academic and business circles of the two countries took place. The Ambassador Extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Israel in Russia Heifetz Zvi, the Rector of MGIMO Anatoly Torkunov, the President of the Russian Jewish Congress Yury Kanner, the Chairman of the Israeli-Russian Business council Temur Ben Yehuda (Khikhinashvili), Chairman of Board of directors of “Gazprom Automatization” and member of the Board of Trustees of MGIMO A. Yunaev, vice-president of the Rietumu bank and member of the MGIMO Alumni Association Council Peter Gladkov.

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ASEAN and Russia in Asia-Pacific region: dynamic of cooperation, regional processes and the global context

December, 9 the international conference “ASEAN and Russia in Asia-Pacific region: dynamic of cooperation, regional processes and the global context”, organized by the ASEAN Centre in MGIMO took place within the framework of the X RISA Convention. The participants of the Conference from Russia and ASEAN countries took stock of the intellectual results of the anniversary year of dialogue partnership between Russia and ASEAN and discussed the prospects of further cooperation.

Vice-rector of MGIMO Andrey Baikov and the temporary Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of the Philippines in Russia Ms Luningning G. Camoying addressed the audience with welcoming speeches.

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Scientific contest among young researchers

This year in the framework of the X RISA Convention a scientific contest among young researchers was held for the first time in three nominations: “Best monograph”, “Best collective research”, and “Best scientific article by a young researcher”. The totality of 47 papers were submitted to the Organizing Committee in the period from September, 1 to October, 31. The jury consisting of the members of the Governing Board of RISA have assessed 11 papers in the nomination “Best monograph”, 12 papers in the nomination “Best collective research”, and 24 works in the nomination “Best scientific article by a young researcher”.

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X RISA Convention - Requirements for abstracts and texts of reports

Dear participants of the 10th RISA Convention!

This year, the collection of abstracts and texts of the reports in the aftermath of the Convention will be carried out in two stages:

  • November 20, 2016 – deadline for the abstracts (requirements)
  • January 15, 2017 – deadline for the texts of the reports.

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X RISA Convention – Coming soon

Seven weeks are left before the X jubilee Convention of the Russian International Studies Association (RISA) “25 years of Russia's foreign policy” that will take place on December, 8-9, 2016 with the support of the MGIMO Endowment Foundation.

Now the list of sections and the working agenda of the X RISA Convention are on the final stage of formation. By this moment the agenda includes 2 plenary sessions and 52 sections and round tables (the list of sections is constantly updated) and the exhibition of book and journal novelties in the sphere of international relations, published by Russian publishing houses and think tanks. Besides, within the framework of the X RISA Convention two partner events will be held: international conference “Russia and Poland in new environment: are there opportunities for cooperation?” and a conference dedicated to closing of the year of the 20th anniversary of ASEAN – Russia Dialogue partnership.

The Organizing committee of the X RISA Convention kindly reminds that everyone interested is welcome to participate as speakers or listeners. Participation in the X RISA Convention requires registration and payment. The speakers are also expected to submit the abstracts of their reports (requirements) to moderators of corresponding sections (moderator's contacts are available here).

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X RISA Convention

On 8-9th December MGIMO University will host the 10th Russian International Studies Association (RISA) “25 years of Russia’s foreign policy”. The event is supported by MGIMO Endowment Fund.

RISA Convention traditionally will bring together several hundreds of famous Russian and international scholars to discuss the evolution of Russia’s foreign policy in the last quarter of a century and its strategy in the modern world, defining it international processes.

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Registration for IX RISA Convention now open

The IX RISA Convention will take place on 27-28 October. Its subject is ‘Multilateral Institutions: Global Efficiency vs. National Interests’.

This year, the RISA Convention is confined to the anniversary of the major international events: 200 years of the Concert of Europe, 70 years of the UN and Bretton Woods system, 40 years of the Final Act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe.

It is expected that some hundreds of Russian and international experts and researchers will traditionally gather to discuss the role of the international institutions in the modern world.

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