The Valdai Discussion Club prepared the analytical Report titled “Toward the Great Ocean – 3”. The Report was presented on April 17 in Astana, at the “Creating Eurasia: “Silk Road Economic Belt” international conference. Over 40 experts from Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Iran and Turkey took part in the discussion.
On April 13, the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai International Discussion Club has held a conference in Berlin, entitled Europe and Eurasia: moving toward a new energy security model. More than 150 experts discussed the radical changes unfolding in world politics and global energy markets in the 21st century.
The roundtable participants praised the report as an important event on the international intellectual stage. The document, which may well be the first attempt to conceptualize current developments, offers several different structures for a new world order.
There are a lot of stereotypes prevalent mostly within the intellectual milieu and related to an extremely naïve understanding of the modern world in general and of Russia in particular. One of these intellectual clichés is the claim that Russia is losing some “information war” waged in recent years by the West in the broad sense of the term and led by the United States, especially since the onset of the Ukrainian events.
Brothers Armed, a new book written by the Center for the Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST), a private Moscow-based military think tank, takes a refreshing look at the issues surrounding one of the most consequential events of the last 20 years - Russia’s annexation of Crimea - through the eyes of the Russian and Ukrainian armed forces.
In 2013 Valdai Club Foundation initiated a new research project to analyze socio-economic processes in Eurasian space as seen by main regional actors. The result of the research is an upcoming book that authors presented during the 11th Annual meetings of the Valdai Club.
Bravo, listened to Putin's last speech today and just wanted to say what a breath of fresh air it is to hear straight talking for a change. In this world so full of utterly crazy men doing crazy things it's encouraging to know there are some out there with clarity and good sense. Keep going.
Instead of an energy dialogue, EU and Russia have two energy monologues. Europe is afraid of serious conversations, but we need to talk and get our message across. There is still space to negotiate, but it is shrinking.
Dmitry Medvedev’s recent visit to Vietnam and Thailand is important not only for the countries' bilateral relations but also as a way to join integration processes in the Asia-Pacific Region, which has been steadily asserting itself as a new global economic center.
The risk to Europe’s energy supplies: If it bends to US wishes to disdain the offer of West Siberian plentiful supply, it may find that the Iraqi–Iranian huge reserves have been scooped up by Pakistan, India and China. The differing internal dynamics within the EU are incapacitating any EU decision-making in respect to its longer term relationship with Russia.
Commander of NATO forces General Breedlove in his accusations against Russia cited very fanciful figures about so-called Russian presence in Ukraine. The French intelligence has always regarded them as illusive. France does not believe in possible Russian aggression against the Baltic states or Poland.
Before looking at the current crisis of confidence between Russia and the West, it would be useful to define what trust is and the role it plays in international relations. Considering the inevitable asymmetry of information and the anarchy in international relations in general, trust is an important instrument for reducing uncertainty and formulating the rules of the game, i.e. international institutions that reduce risks.
Washington and Tehran are locked into a long-term geopolitical contest throughout the Middle East that will span decades—a similar contest in many ways to Washington and Beijing’s battle for influence in the Asia-Pacific and wider Indo-Pacific regions.
Can sanctions prevent Saudi Arabia from building the bomb? Yet virtually every Sunni power in the region is moving to develop its nuclear power infrastructure, in part due to burgeoning domestic demand for electricity, but also in response to Iran’s nuclear program.
The looming danger is seeing Yemen merely as a proxy war between the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states and Iran. The instinct of many U.S. allies is to seek the defeat of the Houthis. Doing so would deal a defeat to Iran and reimpose the status quo ante in Yemen.
Today, the Middle East no longer has any order. It now passes for conventional wisdom that the post-World War I outline of the modern Middle East created out of the ashes of the Ottoman Empire is no more than an expression on the map. Illusions turned into nightmares.
Athens and Moscow teaming up could spell geopolitical disaster for Europe. Greece’s change in debt policy, in particular the rolling back of reforms, has rallied other EU governments against it, including those in Spain, Portugal, Finland and the Baltic States.
Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria do not have that much in common, but one thing is clear in all three cases. U.S. military action must be tied to a civil-military strategy that offers the best possible hope of producing a stable and friendly nation as its ultimate outcome.