Energy transition at the crossroads: New topical issue in Russian Journal of Economics

Titled "Energy transition at the crossroads", the new issue of the Russian Journal of Economics gets a set of profound messages across, which can be summarized as: "transition matters, transition goes, yet transition is not a simple, unified march towards a Green future".

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Vision of IISES


The challenges of mankind in the 21st century are multiple. And multiple are the answers to those challenges. Nobody can claim to know the ultimate solution for our problems. And sometimes and more and more often there is not yet an answer to serious problems. Nothing demonstrates that better than the current CoVid pandemic. The world best scientists are working on possible vaccines, medicines, therapies. However the numbers of victims, infected persons, patients in intensive care and people dying are dramatically rising. The pandemic occupies our daily lives, halting economic activities, banishing us with curfews and quarantines, destroying family life and perhaps taking away our loved ones. The pandemic also puts the finger on our societal shortcomings, locally, regional, national and international, global. 

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A message from Mohan Guruswamy


Dear Dr.Kulikov, 

I was truly shocked to learn about the terrorist attack in Vienna. Such Europe on Europe attacks, this time by a lone Macedonian gunman owing allegiance to the purported leader of the ISIL, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi, is even more a matter of concern. Clearly this manifestation of jihadi terrorism is indicative of some great societal failure. That it happened so close to your institution but missed it is truly providential. Please convey my concern to Dr. Schwimmer. My best wishes to you as always. 

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A message from Alexander Rahr


Sehr geehrter Herr Schwimmer, 

Mit grosser Bestürzung hat die Berliner Think Tank Communityden islamistischen Terroranschlag auf unbeteiligte österreichische Bürger am 2. November 2020 aufgenommen. Wir verurteilen die schändliche und feige Tat aufs Schärfste. Wir Berliner fühlen mit Ihnen und Ihren KollegINNen, nicht zuletzt auch deshalb, weil wir seinerzeit selbst viele Tote eines vergleichbaren Terroranschlags auf einen Berliner Weihnachtsmarkt zu beklagen hatten. 

So eine Schandtat darf nie wieder vorkommen. Unser herzlichstes Beileid gilt den Hinterbliebenen der unschuldigen Opfer. 

Mit freundlichen Grüßen 


Alexander Rahr 

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A message from Dr. Debasish Nandy


I condemned the barbaric terrorust attack by IS on innocent civilians in Vienna. Due to violent incident several people killed and wounded in downtown Vienna. This barbaric act was, as far as we know so far, comitted by supporters of the "Islamic State" terrorist organisation. I covey my deep sorrow to the family members of those unfortunate people who lost their worthly lifes. My condolence to all of them.

.....Dr. Debasish Nandy 

Kazi Nazrul University 

West Bengal, India 

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A message from Walter Schwimmer


IISES – the International Institute for Social and Economic Studies – firmly condemns the brutal terror attacks on November 2 in Vienna, not far away from its headquarter. These terror acts are a crime against humanity that can be justified by no means. IISES has already been working on a strategy for de-radicalization and is planning to participate in a call for proposals of the European Commission aimed at concrete actions against the roots of extremism and terrorism. IISES declares its sympathies with those wounded in the terrorist attacks and sincere condolences for those who were killed. 

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A Life Beyond Capitalism: Reimagining a Socialist Future With Yanis Varoufakis


In the former Greek finance minister's latest book, Another Now: Dispatches from an Alternative Present, he presents a humane alternative to financialised capitalism.

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I Russi non si arrendono!


Published with the kind permission of the author 

In Russia, come in molti paesi del mondo, gli anni bisestili godono di una cattiva reputazione. Quello bisestile è considerato l’anno delle spiacevoli sorprese, dei problemi imprevisti e delle prove difficili. Il 2020 ha pienamente confermato questa idea poco lusinghiera.

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President of I.P.O. speaks at Horasis Extraordinary Meeting

How can populist politics be distinguished from standard practices in representative-parliamentary systems? Is a “populist” approach to international relations compatible with multilateral cooperation, which – in the global era – has become indispensable for peaceful co-existence? Does the United Nations Charter provide an adequate framework to tackle the challenges posed by a “populist” trend towards unilateralism in relations between states? These were questions the President of the International Progress Organization, Dr. Hans Köchler, raised at the digital Extraordinary Meeting of HORASIS, a Swiss-based worldwide think tank and debate forum, on 1 October 2020.

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The Pandemic and the Global Moral and Spiritual Bankruptcy


The Coronavirus outbreak brings up broad moral and spiritual questions

In an era of neoliberal ideology of individualism and selfishness, COVID-19 has made us realise how badly we depend on real life social interaction, within our communities, and with family, friends and fellow citizens, sharing love, beauty, joy and laughter,

things that our current monetised global leaders, as it seems, have never heard of! 

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What Does the Second Wave of the Pandemic Mean for the Global Economy?


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The first wave of COVID-19 passed through most of the developed countries, including Russia, in March-June 2020. China dealt with it earlier, in January-March, the United States in general, as well. Brazil, India, and many developing countries got hit by this wave later and, apparently, are still facing it, in September. The characteristics of the First Wave are clear: it is sudden, health systems are unprepared in many countries for such a shock, it is transferred from country to country by tourists, and it deals a blow to the elderly and areas with a high concentration of poor people. 

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An India-China reset is still possible


India should refocus on constructively engaging China to take advantage of its meteoric rise

A joint statement wasn’t anticipated after the talks between Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Moscow on September 10. In diplomatic terms, a joint statement signals that a “critical mass” developed through the three-hour discussion between the top diplomats. 

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Delineation of one LAC and India-China military disengagement requires Mediation


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The joint announcement of Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Moscow is like straws for drowning men to clutch. The operative part of the joint statement is that the military commander level talks will continue. The talks are ongoing and do not preclude jockeying and jostling for better positions on the field to assert each sides Lines of Actual Control (LAC). The huge sigh of relief may be premature for talks don’t mean a solution. Right now they only mean a postponement of armed conflict. 

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Narendra Modi has left India's economy a shattered mess


Instead of bold reforms, PM has relied on cash handouts and divisive culture wars

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Is another global economic crisis inevitable?


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Speaking at the London Business School recently, former RBI Governor, Raghuram Rajan warned that the global economy was "slowly slipping" into the Great Depression-like problems of the 1930s and the central banks need to sit together and define new "rules of the game" to find a better solution to deal with it. Rajan, who has been the IMF's Chief Economist and is among the few to have rightly predicted the financial crisis of 2007. 

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Dear Friends and Social Business Enthusiasts, Greetings from Yunus Centre!


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What Is Life? What a Moving Story- Sir Paul Nurse


Sir Paul Nurse FRS, Director, Francis Crick Institute

'Paul Nurse is a geneticist and cell biologist who has worked on how the eukaryotic cell cycle is controlled. His major work has been on the cyclin dependent protein kinases and how they regulate cell reproduction. He is Director of the Francis Crick Institute in London, and has served as President of the Royal Society, Chief Executive of Cancer Research UK and President of Rockefeller University.

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Reimagining independence


Narendra Modi is not the first Indian prime minister to embrace the idea of self-reliance but he has given the phrase a nationalistic ring. Can Atmanirbhar Bharat become the soaring idea that lifts the Indian economy out of the doldrums? 

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Poetry is the Education that Nourishes the Heart and Nurtures the Soul


‘I'm glad the sky is painted blue, 

And the earth is painted green,

With such a lot of nice fresh air 

All sandwiched in between.’- Anon. 

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30th ECONOMIC FORUM ‘Europe: Solidarity, Liberty, Community’ Krynica-Zdrój, 8th-10th September 2020


Vision & Global Trends – International Institute for Global Analyses proudly announces its partnership with Foundation Institute for Eastern Studies (Fundacja Instytut Studiów Wschodnich). 

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