MGIMO Welcomes Delegation from Cambodian National Institute of Diplomacy and International Relations

From February 18th till February 20th the delegation from the National Institute of Diplomacy and International Relation of Cambodia (NIDIR) paid a working visit to MGIMO. The visiting delegation led by the Under Secretary of State of the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, NIDIR President Dr. Chhiv Yiseang comprised academics from NIDIR’s Department of Public Relations and its Department of Training.

On February 18th the Cambodian guests were welcomed by MGIMO Rector Anatoly Torkunov, the Vice-Rector for General Affairs Artem Malgin, the Vice-Rector for Graduate and International Programs Andrey Baykov, and the Director of the ASEAN Centre Victor Sumsky.

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MGIMO Hosts Meeting of ASEAN Centre Executive Council

January 23rd, the Executive Council of the ASEAN Center held its 16th meeting at MGIMO University. The event was attended by the Co-Chairman of the Council Thai Ambassador to Russia Thanatip Upatising, the Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Ngo Duc Manh, the Ambassador of Singapore to Russia Lim Kheng Hua and the Ambassador of Indonesia to Russia Wahid Supriyadi.

On the Russian side, MGIMO Rector Anatoly Torkunov, the Vice-Rector for General Affairs Artem Malgin, the Director of the ASEAN Center Viktor Sumsky and other representatives of the University and the Foreign Ministry participated in the meeting.

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Vietnamese Ambassador Ngo Duc Manh Comes to MGIMO

January 23rd, the Ambassador of Vietnam to the Russian Federation, Ngo Duc Manh visited MGIMO. The guest was received by the Rector of the University Anatoly Torkunov, the Vice-Rector for General Affairs Artem Malgin and the Director of the ASEAN Center Viktor Sumsky. The first secretaries of the embassy accompanied to Ambassador on this visit.

The Rector welcomed the guests and remarked that MGIMO has been teaching Vietnamese to its students since the 1950’s. Graduates of the University who speak fluent Vietnamese work in Vietnam and in other countries of Southeast Asia. A number of them have risen to the rank of ambassador.

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Russia and the Turbulent Waters of the Indo-Pacific

Despite all international efforts to calm down regional tensions, the past year has witnessed more strategic divergence than convergence in the Asia-Pacific region. With the Indo-Pacific concept becoming more controversial and even its supporters (the USA, Japan, Australia, and India) advancing its own version of the concept, there is still no common vision of the security architecture in the region, be it Asia- or Indo-Pacific. The growing fragmentation of regional security as well as of visions of political economy define the overall regional dynamics and challenge the ability of key regional players to engage in cooperative actions. This article explores the regional developments of the past year from the viewpoint of Russia’s aspirations and concerns as a stakeholder interested in the regional stability and continued economic dynamism.

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