The article considers different aspect of Russia participation in international development assistance. This covers both Soviet and modern Russian experience of development assistance provision in developing countries with respect to key objectives, mechanisms, priorities and financial volumes. Special attention is paid to healthcare sector which is among the priorities of Russian development assistance to foreign countries. The article is based on official documents analysis, speeches of officials, reports of international organizations, available statistics sources.
The article considers the Chinese aid to African countries. Special attention is given to the mechanism of dialogue and cooperation between China and African countries. The article reviews forms and methods of the Chinese aid delivery to the African continent. It notes the existence of close connection between the Chinese development aid to Africa and the Chinese-African trade and economic relations.
This paper analyzes the mechanisms of national political and economic interests promotions via the foreign aid system. The role of tied aid and basic tools to promote national economic interests of donor countries in the international development banks are shown. The basic hypotheses for promoting foreign policy objectives, including geo-strategic interests through the provision of international development assistance is analyzed. The transition from narrow national interest concept to the promotion of donors values’ scale is described. Above values scale is incorporated into the criteria of allocated aid conditionality. The role of the international rankings in the mechanism of promoting the values via international assistance. Finally, the effect of "finance leverage" of foreign aid through the involvement of allied donors and private partners sharing the same values is analyzed.
The article analyses preliminary result of the implementation of the Millennium Summit recommendations. The author notes disturbing symptoms of slowing-down the pace of the Millennium target achievement and attempts to identify factors that constrain donor-countries’ fulfillment of their obligations to provide support for developing countries’ efforts to overcome absolute poverty and underdevelopment.
The article outlines the reasons and factors of Poland’s proactive foreign policy towards Ukraine in 1990–2000–s on bilateral level, as well as through EU institutions. The author shows that stemmed from its desire to gain additional weight in Brussels and take leadership positions in the region (the so–called Poland’s «Eastern policy»). Three stages of Polish and EU policy towards Ukraine are defined: from both countries’ independence to the «Orange revolution», the period of V. Yushenko’s presidency in Ukraine and the contemporary stage after B. Komorowski’s election as a president in Poland and V. Yanukovich’s – in Ukraine. It’s demonstrated that even in the most appropriate period – after Poland’s accession to the European Union in 2004 and the «Orange revolution» in Ukraine – Kiev’s prospects of EU membership never materialized, nevertheless, new Ukraine’s government continues to seek for integration in the European community.
The «Arab spring», which started at the end of 2010 with the events in Tunis, is still far from its end. The political landscape of the Middle East is transforming dramatically. The region is facing new spots of confrontation and other threats and challenges to regional stability. What is the Israeli attitude to all these processes? Is the regional security structure mainly based on the Israel-Egypt and Israel-Jordan Peace Treaties likely to remain unchanged? In this article the author tries to answer these questions.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union Central Asia faced the need to develop a new model of stability. The new model was constructed by independent states in the region with the participation of Russia and China. It had sustained by the beginning of the 2000s. However, during the 2000s, the regional system of collective security failed to prevent local outbreaks of instability in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, indicating that most of its focus on the fight against region–wide threats, than to fight threats to national level. It is necessity to work together to create a system that would not contribute to emergence of threats and to their further growing until the regional scale.
The article reviews the factors influencing the dynamics of the relations between Russia and Romania in the current two decades. It also specifies the periods when the constructive interaction between the two states was intensifying or becoming less active. The article also contains the analysis of the current state of affairs in the Russian- Romanian relations and the principal factors that have currently made them more complicated.
The article represents personal recollections about an outstanding Soviet dip-lomat and orientalist Kapitsa Michail Stepanovich, who left a noticeable imprint on the history of relationship between USSR and China, India, Pakistan , Indonesia and other countries of Asian-Pacific region. Being the author of numerous research stu-dies, brilliant lecturer and charismatic personality, Kapitsa exercised a significant influence on the formation of Soviet diplomatic cadres and Orientalists. Kapitsa M. S. has been rightly reputed as one of the best experts on problems of the Asian Pacific Rim both in the USSR and abroad.
In 2007 facing the urgent need to legitimize the status of the organization, ASEAN countries have no alternative but to usher in a new era in the history of the Association: the ratification of the ASEAN Charter. Indonesia which pretends to be a leader of the Association has ushered in new initiatives concerning the full revision of the Charter lay-out. According to Indonesia’s wishes, the Charter aims to guarantee flexibility in the mechanism of decision making, create stability tool of human rights protection and suggest more freedom in the issue of posing sanctions against ASEAN members which neglect common rules such as Myanmar, for instance. But it occurred to be that Indonesia’s suggestions have been far cry from the reality.