Russia has sufficient grounds to become the leading player in the Arctic and to protect its interests in the region in cooperation with the United States, Canada and other Arctic countries, says a new report, which has been distributed on the sidelines of the 11th annual meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club that is underway in Sochi.
The current crisis in Ukraine can be rightfully thought of as a systemic crisis of two models: post-Soviet Ukrainian statehood and the post-unipolar world. There are numerous causes of this crisis, which clearly has political, economic, social, and cultural dimensions to it. This report was prepared by the Valdai International Discussion Club.
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.
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.
Ukraine will not be a unitary state following the developments of last winter, spring and summer, says a report by the Valdai Club experts, which has been distributed on the sidelines of the 11th annual meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club that is underway in Sochi.
The opening session “The Limits of Governability, or Systemic Failure” involved a general discussion of the current state of global governance and the problems that the international community faces today.
Various experts from both NATO and non-NATO countries have expressed diametrically opposite views on the development of Russia. They were polled within the framework of the annual Valdai Index (Russian Development Index), compiled by the Valdai International Discussion Club since 2009.
While the West considers color revolutions to be peaceful expressions of popular will opposing repressive authoritarian regimes, Russian officials argue that military force is an integral part of all aspects of color revolutions.
An annual event that brings together Russian officials and foreign experts opened Wednesday, revealing strongly divergent views over the reality of the crisis in Ukraine and exposing what appears to be President Vladimir Putin ’s ever-tightening grip on his country.