On April 28, in Paris, Valdai Club together with IFRI held the second in a series of roundtables on the crisis in Ukraine. The roundtable brought together more than 80 Russian, Ukrainian, French and European experts and officials, members of the business community and the media.
On April 16, Berlin hosted the first in a series of roundtables initiated by the Valdai Discussion Club on the crisis in Ukraine. More than 30 experts from Austria, Germany, Hungary, Russia, Ukraine and the USA took part in the discussion of the causes of the crisis and future scenarios.
The Valdai Discussion Club presents its new paper, “National Identity and Russia’s Future,” based on the discussions at the club’s 10th anniversary conference in September 2013 and subsequent work of the expert groups. The paper attempts to answer the most fundamental of questions: Who are the Russians, and what does their future hold?
The report presented at the 11th Krasnoyarsk economic forum on the 27th of February 2014 is a follow-up to the report Toward the Great Ocean, or the New Globalization of Russia, published by the Valdai Discussion Club in July 2012, and is based on the conclusions drawn in that report.
Evaluating Russia’s development index during the annual poll this year, experts of the Valdai Discussion Club spoke positively about the country's growing role in national, regional and global security, foreign policy and soft power. Most negative assessment was given to performance of Russia’s political institutions, public confidence in them and the dynamics of economic development.
The main premise of the book is that Russian-U.S. relations have been through four “resets” since 1991. Periods of thaw alternated with disappointment in each other and even cooling off. Therefore, the author’s aim is to reveal the limits of potential bilateral partnership and find a formula for stable partner relations without ups and downs.
Oliver Bullough has visited Russia many times and lived in Russia for long stretches of time as a Reuters correspondent in Moscow and in other capacities. The author analyzes Russia’s national crisis through the lens of the life of dissident priest Dmitry Dudko and seeks to understand whether Russia has a future as a nation.
Morrison portraits Lina’s life with Prokofiev in the West and in Moscow against the backdrop of tragic political events, her unhappy marriage to the great composer and the horrors of her life in Stalin’s gulag camps, where she spent eight years after Prokofiev left her for another woman.
Russia is clearly still a long way from anything that we are used to seeing in the West, but the Moscow Mayoral election, bizarre as its circumstances are, show signs of a step in the right direction.
It is obvious that Russia and Vladimir Putin intend to build pragmatic cooperation with all those ready to build relations on equal and mutually beneficial terms. China is a very conven-ient partner in this regard. There is no need to remind of all the assessments made by leaders of both countries during the course of their high- and top-level meetings.
Islamic terrorism is gaining momentum, and is all about ideological opposition to European Christian values. This is an aggressive young radical ideology that attracts followers across the world. And it will only grow stronger on the world political stage.
Because of its diversity, BRICS will not be able to deliver a uniform political view on the world order beyond the already mentioned multipolarity-development nexus. All in all, the money for developing countries will come with no strings attached.
Erdogan will continue to help consolidate Islam’s influence in public life and use Islam as a political issue. It is hard to say what Turkey will do in the Muslim world, but Erdogan obviously does not need any more turmoil in neighboring countries.
The future relations of Iraq with its neighbors and its overall prospects as a state will to a great extent hinge on current regional trends, first of all in the U.S.-Iran-Saudi Arabia triangle. Quite meaningful in the emerging regional arrangement appears to be Turkey, Iraq's influential neighbor.
The solution to the Ukrainian problem will directly depend on how the military operations unfold in Donbass. If the militia fighters take over the strategic initiative, win back Donbass and extend the war to the Zaporozhye and the Kharkov regions, then Kiev will be more amenable to a compromise
The key Russian speakers included Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov. The other speakers included Belarusian Defense Minister Yuri Zhadobin, Pakistan Defense Minister Asif Khawaja, Iranian Defense Minister Hossien Dehghan, CSTO Secretary General Nikolay Bordyuzha, the political commissioner of China’s Lanzhou Military District General Li Changcai, Egyptian Deputy Defense Minister Mohamed Said Elassar, and Indian Deputy Defense Minister Anuj Kumar Bishnoi.
Today, there is a need to take note that the Eurasian debate itself is not a monolithic on the whole and in its various forms serves distinct purposes. What seems to be emerging in multiple visions where each region has its own perspectives.
The world order laid down by the Atlantic Charter was based on U.S. military and economic dominance. To all intents and purposes, Washington will maintain its military dominance for the foreseeable future. Economic dominance is another matter.
Hopes for a diplomatic solution, already waning, dimmed further as Mr. Putin accused Ukraine and its Western supporters of backing peace talks only as a smoke screen to continue Kiev's attacks against fighters in the eastern part of the country.
When it comes to energy, Germany is a bit of a conundrum. It's a global leader in renewables usage, having increased the share of renewables in its total energy consumption from 6% to an impressive 25% over the past decade. Yet it's also a heavy user of coal – a fact that's glaringly inconsistent with its sustainable energy leadership.
Reports showed that Russia has started strengthening its economic cooperation by opening trade missions with the responsibility of providing sustainable business services and plans to facilitate import-export trade in a number of African countries.