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  • Affiliation : Council of theDefense Ministers of the CIS
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03.11.2015

MOSCOW, NOVEMBER 5, 2015. PIR PRESS. “At the moment, it is essential that the defined area of BRICS’ operations would receive concrete substance and show its efficiency. The proposed issues in international security and development are ambitious tasks for diplomats and military of BRICS member-states as well as for security experts and relevant ministries and departments. There is no doubt, whether BRICS succeeded in defining its agenda. Now the question is how to move forward effectively” — Vladimir Orlov, Head of the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations at the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Special Advisor to PIR Center.

In September and October of 2015, several academic conferences took place in Moscow in the framework of the Russia's BRICS presidency. PIR Center and Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation actively participated in those forums.

On September 30, 2015, the Diplomatic Academy and Russian Federal Financial Monitoring Service held joint international conference “BRICS Role in transforming the world order”. The Head of the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations at the Diplomatic Academy and the Special Advisor to PIR Center Vladimir Orlov moderated the conference session on BRICS agenda in global security and development. Coordinator of PIR Center’s “Global Internet Governance and International Information Security” Program Alexandra Kulikova spoke at the session.  

The President of the Diplomatic Academy Evgeny Bazhanov, Ambassador-at-Large of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Russia's BRICS Sous-Sherpa Vadim Lukov, and ambassadors of BRICS member-states gave a welcome speech at the conference. Deputy Foreign Minister and Russia's Sherpa in BRICS Sergey Ryabkov defined the key areas of cooperation within BRICS, namely migration issues, industrial development, peaceful use of outer space. “We reckon on India to sustain responsible, pragmatic course line started by Russia, when it takes over the presidency of the BRICS group” — the diplomat emphasized.

The Director of the Federal Financial Monitoring Service Yury Chikhanchin focused on financial crime management and anti-money laundering within BRICS. The official singled out cooperation of financial intelligence agencies as one of the key aims of BRICS group. Yury Chikhanchin reminded that Ufa Action Plan adopted at the 7th BRICS Summit, details elaboration of new levels of national anti-money laundering systems and extension of financial intelligence agencies contacts.

Vladimir Orlov and PIR Center consultant Oleg Demidov went into the issue of  BRICS member-states cooperation in fight against corruption in the article “BRICS prospects in fight against corruption” that is to be published in the upcoming issue of Russia and the World. Herald of the Diplomatic Academy of the MFA of Russia” Journal.

The following experts participated in the 3rd panel session of the conference moderated by Dr. Orlov: Secretary of the Council of the Defense Ministers of the CIS Alexander Sinaysky, Chief Adviser to Director General of the Analytical Center for the Government of the Russian Federation Leonid Grigoriev, Assistant to the Special Coordinator for the political use of information and communication technologies at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Alexander Radovitsky, Executive Director of the Russian National Committee on BRICS Research Georgy Toloraya, Chief Advisor of National Committee on BRICS Research Victoria Panova, PIR Center “Global Internet Governance and International Information Security” Program Coordinator Alexandra Kulikova and professor of the Diplomatic Academy Ivan Surma. The session video is available at the Diplomatic Academy YouTube channel (in Russian).

Vladimir Orlov made a point on efficient development of the ideas within the BRICS agenda. “At the moment, it is essential that the defined area of BRICS’ operations would receive concrete substance and show its efficiency. The proposed issues in international security and development are ambitious tasks for diplomats and military of BRICS member-states as well as for security experts and relevant ministries and departments. There is no doubt, whether BRICS succeeded in defining its agenda. Now the question is how to move forward effectively” — Dr. Orlov said at the opening of the session.

Alexandra Kulikova presented a report on “Prospects of BRICS States in the frame of global internet governance and international information security”. The expert noted, “the main evidence of the viability of the BRICS formation is not in creation of an alternative world order based on countering the old one, but in defining and developing the spheres of society life where this group can bring synergy and the value added”. PIR Center program coordinator underlined that collaborative effort should be supported by series of confidence building measures in the ICT-related areas, which was detailed in the Ufa Declaration in July 2015. It will be implemented by the Working Group of ICT-security experts from BRICS member-states. That shows the planned steps of practical cooperation, transparency and mutual trust promotion. The full speech of Alexandra Kulikova is available at the channel of the Diplomatic Academy (in Russian). 

On October 26, 2015, PIR Center experts Andrey Baklitskiy and Oleg Demidov participated in the international conference “BRICS Approach to the Regulation of Common Spaces: Areas and Potential of Cooperation” held by the Russian National Committee on BRICS Research. Uses of the international common spaces belonging to all humankind — such as the outer space, the airspace, the global sea, the Arctic region and the internet — were the key topic of the conference.

Andrey Baklitskiy spoke out on “BRICS role in preventing weaponization of the outer space”. The expert reminded that an attempt to accept the EU draft Code of Conduct for outer space failed in July 2015. “BRICS member-states came to a consensus that such a document is to be drawn up within UN frameworks. Any exceptions linked to “security issues” or “right of a state to self-defense” are considered unacceptable. Russian-Chinese draft outline for a “Treaty on the Prevention of the Deployment of Weapons in Outer Space” might win widespread support against this background, as it is the only realistic alternative to the arms race in outer space” — Andrey Baklitskiy concluded.

PIR Center consultant Oleg Demidov presented a report on responsible behavior in the cyberspace. He mentioned that BRICS countries are in a position to develop and perform in practical work the voluntary, political norms of state behavior in cyberspace. Those norms were submitted to the international community in the latest report by the UN Group of Governmental Experts (read more on the report in the Cyberpulse e-journal, July-August 2015 issue). Oleg Demidov’s thesis was supported by representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and the Kaspersky Lab.

Executive Director of the National Committee on BRICS Research Georgy Toloraya emphasized that the solutions proposed by the participants of the conference took into consideration the interests of the BRICS group as well as of other developing countries. “Academic track finds out new fields for BRICS countries cooperation, that shows its innovative function. It was the first ever conference on regulation of so-called “common spaces”. The outer space, the global sea, water resources, the internet — BRICS, which represents half of all mankind, has the leading role in regulation of these issues that set the global agenda» — Mr. Toloraya concluded.

For questions concerning the PIR Center Project “Shaping Russia’s Agenda for BRICS”, please contact the Project Coordinator, Andrey Baklitskiy by telephone +7 (495) 987 19 15 or by email baklitsky at pircenter.org


         

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