Research Articles

Regional Anti-Money Laundering Cooperation in the African Union

The major purpose of the paper is to discuss the problems relating to, and review the basic principles of, mechanism of anti-money laundering cooperation in the African Union. The latter is considered through the prism of efficiency in terms of institutional interaction among member states, and of the extent to which the potential of such interaction is fulfilled.

Decolonization Via New Understanding of Sufism

In examining such a multi-layered phenomenon as Islam (like any other religion) one finds themselves at the crossroads of competing views, between and beyond orthodox and reformist. A number of “invitations” for decolonization from prominent Sufis allows representing Islam not as a network of horrifying mujahedeens, but as a real and genuine discourse community. The topic of decolonization covers our common East-West colonial heritage as well as the colonial contemporaneity. Thus, in addition to Rumi and Nietzsche, the work relies on philosophers of Khorasan, composers of Tajikistan, and modern Western philosophers of decolonization to build a strong basis for the topic.

From Optimism to Disappointment: The Evolution of Swami Vivekananda’s Attitude towards the West

This article belongs to the body of imageological studies dealing with mutual perceptions of nations, communities and cultures as well as the idea of “Other”. The main topic is the evolution of attitude to the West in the works of Swami Vivekananda, who was a social and religious figure on the cusp of XIX – XX centuries and an ideologist of Indian nationalism. It is widely known that roots of the actual social and political thought in India go back to the period of colonialism. With the status of one of the most influential thinkers in modern India and attention paid to the legacy of Vivekananda by ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his case appears to be of a considerable importance.

Comparative Analysis of Sectoral Innovation Systems: Russia and Brazil on the Regional Jet Market

The article investigates experience of the Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer and Russian aircraft companies UAC and Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCA) in development and sales of regional jets. Analysis of the Embraer’s ERJ-145 and E-Jet projects and the SCA-UAC ‘Sukhoi Superjet’ (SSJ-100) project is based on sectoral innovation approach which examines sectoral industrial development from the point of view of co-evolution of companies, technologies, demand dynamics and regulative norms and institutions as key elements of sectoral system of innovation (SSI).

New World Outlook in the Light of The Westernization of Peter I

The reign of Peter I paradoxically combined both the apogee of the might of the old patrimonial state and the accelerated westernization of the country. The article briefly analyzes some of the factors that strengthened the state patrimonial system: the consequences of the decree on the Unified Heritage of 1714 and the expansion of serfdom due to the appearance of new categories of serfs.

Economic Sanctions as a Concept of Power Politics

The purpose of the article is to conceptualize economic sanctions in terms of international power politics. Legal and economic literature study sanctions by means of legal norms analysis and their impact on economies, companies and corporations. However, this approach misses a political component, specially the one of coercion to comply with international norms or requirements of sanctions’ initiators.

Trust in Scientific Knowledge under the Conditions of New Threats for National Security of Russian Federation

The article shows that the validity of scientific knowledge being trustworthy is extremely important for ensuring national security. At the same time, there are objective and subjective factors that undermine confidence in it. Among the ob-jective factors is the formation of a reflexive socio-natural reality that acquires a non-linear character of development that, accordingly, implies the formation, of non-linear knowledge based on the transition from the traditional revealing of rigid correlations between facts and phenomena to a theoretical and methodo-logical instruments that can take into account many uncertainties that are manifested in the form of social disruptions, cultural traumas, unintended conse-quences of the innovation human activity.

Open Borders of the European Union: National and European Identity on the Example of Certain EU Member-States

During the acute phase of the migration crisis (2014–2015) in a large number of European Union states, policies restricting internal borders and the strengthening of external borders took place, which raised serious questions about the future of the European Union’s borders. Ever since the emergence of supranational structures, freedom of movement, capital, goods, services and labor has all been the principal focus points of the EU countries cooperation.

The Albanian Factor of Destabilization of the Western Balkans: Scenario Approach

The Albanian factor of the Balkan policy, which received its first institutional design in the late 19th century – “Prizrenskaya League”, is currently a serious destructor of the situation in the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro and partially recognized Kosovo).

On the Question of Evaluation and Improvement Activities of Foreign Representations of the Russian Federation Subordinate Entities

International and foreign economic relations of the subordinate entities of the Federation are an important factor of the socio-economic development of the regions. While being implemented in the mainstream of a state foreign policy, they contribute to strengthening the relations of friendship and cooperation between Russia and foreign countries.

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