A roundtable discussion on National Identity in the Era of Globalization: the Experience of China, Russia and other countries, organized by the Valdai Discussion Club and the School of Advanced International and Area Studies, East China Normal University was held on June 1st , 2013 in Shanghai. This roundtable opened a series of discussions aimed at developing the agenda for the 10th Anniversary Valdai Club meeting.
The influence which the burgeoning of political Islam could have on Muslims in Russia and on Russia’s relations with the new political players were the main topics of discussion at the conference of the Middle East Dialogue of the Valdai Discussion Club titled “Islam in Politics: Ideology or Pragmatism” which was held on May 14-15, 2013 in Marrakesh.
Participants in the Valdai International Discussion Club roundtable, “Russia-ASEAN relations: Regional dynamics in Southeast Asia”, spoke about new opportunities for cooperation and the prospects of economic relations between Russia and ASEAN nations. The event took place at MGIMO University on May 15, 2013.
The analytical report “Russia’s Economy: after Transformation, before Modernization” was prepared after discussions at the Valdai Discussion Club Summit held on October 21–22, 2012. The report incorporates many of the conclusions on Russia’s political development contained in the 2011 Valdai report “Russia Should Not Miss Its Chance: Development Scenarios”.
The Russia Development Index (Valdai Index) reflects the combined opinion of the world's leading experts on Russia as regards Russia’s political, economic, social, cultural and international performance. The annual poll aims to study changes in Russia’s development trends over a year. It is important that respondents assess not the current situation, but changes.
The analytical report “Military Reform: Toward the New Look of the Russian Army” summarizes the results of the conference of the Valdai Discussion Club Defense and Security section titled “Modernization of Russia’s Armed Forces and Cooperation in International Security” which was held on May 25-27, 2011 in Moscow.
This collection of articles released for the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Stalingrad includes articles from over 20 contributors, mostly German. The authors analyze the battle from different angles, such as the psychological state of the combatants, their premonitions and expectations, the fight to stave off hunger, organizing medical treatment, the experience of German POWs and their memories of their time in captivity.
Published in 2013 by CNRS Editions. This book analyzes the major transformations of higher education in Russia that have taken place since 2005. The study includes a broad analysis of the system and case studies of leading universities including National University of Science and Technology MISiS, Higher School of Economics, Moscow State Technical University – Bauman, Ural Federal University, the State University of Oil and Gas – Gubkin, as well as two private high schools – Russian New University RosNOU and the International Law Institute.
Published in 2012 by the Beijing publisher Xinshijie this analysis of Vladimir Putin’s personality and his role in making Russia a strong and respected nation has enjoyed great success, with four printings and over 30,000 copies sold. It has been called by some of his colleagues the best biography of Vladimir Putin.
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.
Over two decades China has made a huge success in implementing its long-term foreign strategic policy while Russia is still struggling to engage Africa. A critical assessment shows that Russia's problem of winning Africa back stems primarily from lack of political will and concrete policy agenda. After the collapse of the Soviet system, Russia revised its foreign policy concept which underlines new directions to develop political contacts and expand economic cooperation, but in the case of Africa, policy implementation has been slow and most often with little vigour and business-like flavour.
News that Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin would resign in order to run for the mayoral election in September came as quite a shock. Sobyanin’s political potential is fairly dubious, not to mention his approval ratings. He has not finished many of the projects he initiated and the electoral effect from these projects is expected to come a bit later than September 2013. Sobyanin’s opponents were not entirely unprepared for this blitzkrieg.
Rouhani has spoken out that Tehran was unwise to depend on the “dual policies of countries like Russia, China and India at the international level,” whereby these counties merely used the Iran card to work on their bilateral ties with the US and strengthen their relations with the West.
The kind of patriotism promoted in Russia has traditionally been about love for the state rather than the nation. But this country has demonstrated in the most vivid way that governments come and go while the nation, with its great achievements and potential, is here to stay.
In the last 20 years Germany has become for Moscow a kind of a bridge to the United States and NATO. Closer coordination between Berlin and Washington would mean the end to this. Politically Germany – Russia’s closest partner until recently – would become less hospitable. This would reduce the potential of Russia’s European policy against the backdrop of closer partnership between France and the UK.
Medvedev’s cabinet is taking minor, if conspicuous, steps, instead of offering a model for meeting global challenges. It is a transitional government. It was strong when Vladimir Putin was prime minister. Now Putin is president again and his Executive Office is acting as a parallel government.
The Russian military will remain on track to be transformed away from the Soviet mobilization army to a more modern, more mobile, and more unified military force. All of these elements have recently been affirmed by the country’s top political leadership and by top officials at the MOD.
The fifth BRICS Summit declaration reflected confidence and hope for future cooperation. The BRICS acronym, created by Goldman Sachs five years ago, brought together the five fastest-growing emerging economies.
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.
Western diplomats had given Obama little chance of changing Putin’s opinion on Syria here. But his inability to do so still posed an early setback for Obama on a three-day swing through Europe, his first to the continent since 2011. This time he is facing rising skepticism in Europe.
China’s accession to the WTO in 2001 marked a milestone in its development as an economic powerhouse – why should Russia be any different? Russia is facing increased competition from abroad just as it is starting to fear a new reality of weaker growth and lower investment.
Some Russian media have already begun to speculate about Iran’s intentions to start supplying Georgia with natural gas via Armenia. Among other things this would also mean that Armenia will be able to get cheaper gas and reduce its dependence on Russia, while Georgia will apparently become less depend on Azerbaijan for fuel. This would also completely change the geopolitical balance in the region.
The concern generated by the S-300 shows that many Russian weapons systems are competitive with Nato systems, while being a good deal cheaper than their US counterparts. Sukhois and MiGs are about 30 per cent cheaper than their US counterparts.
The civil war has become as much about Syria as it has about nation states with significant interests in the outcome of the region. With the flow of arms from so many different countries, it has become a unique multi-national conflict, allying the West with the Sunni world against a Russian axis with the Shi’a, led by the ayatollah regime in Iran.
Leaked documents reveal Russian president was spied on during visit, as questions are raised over use of US base in Britain American spies based in the UK intercepted the top-secret communications of the then Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev, during his visit to Britain for the G20 summit in London, leaked documents reveal.
The further development of China’s Central Asian energy pipeline projects will involve a China-Arab line to the oil terminals of the Persian Gulf. These energy corridors will ultimately place China in the center of a “Pan-Asian global energy bridge,” which will link existing and potential suppliers (Persian Gulf countries, Central Asia and Russia) to the major energy consumers (China, Japan and Korea).