The ideological and military domination of the West that emerged following the end of the Cold War, has failed to make the world more governable. Paradoxically, generalizing the market economy and democratic values has entailed more divergence and dispersion than the much-anticipated consolidation.
The Valdai International Discussion Club and the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) will hold a round-table conference dedicated to a presentation of a new report "Radical Islamism: ideological and political motivation and influence on world Muslim community".
On June 19 at Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum the Valdai Discussion Club is organizing a session "Economic Interdependence vs. Political Isolation". The session will be attended by 180 leading economists and political experts, academicians and journalists from Europe, Asia, the US and Russia.
The 27th Valdai paper deals with the trends towards narrowing of the sphere of individual freedoms and increasing government interference into an individual’s private life. “Big Brother” is watching you, - the authors consider.
The 25th Valdai paper is devoted to the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), its evolution, current institutions as well as to the main steps of the agenda for the next years that can promote the most positive impact of the integration.
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.
Asia and in particular China is emerging as the source of major shock waves that are propagated throughout the world economy. All three centers of the world economy have exhibited signs of vulnerability delivering a somber message: in the new international economic setting no “safe havens” are to be termed as secure or truly safe.
The recent escalation of the situation on the Korean Peninsula began in August, after two South Korean soldiers had been wounded by a mine explosion in the demilitarized zone. Seoul put the blame for the incident on the DPRK and resumed the anti-North Korean propaganda using the loudspeakers – which had been idle for eleven years – near the contact line of forces.
The key characteristics of the situation in Ukraine as a whole and in Donbass in particular are drastic deindustrialization of the country and the rising unemployment rate. It will eventually exacerbate the economic underdevelopment of the country.
Tsipras managed to achieve this stunning success by making populist election promises: he pledged to renounce all obligations under the Memorandum of the Troika of Creditors (the IMF, ECB and EU) that was endorsed by the previous government back in 2012 and to try to negotiate a new agreement with them.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi visit to Russia (August 25-27) reflects a stable Egyptian orientation towards partnership with Moscow. It is his fourth visit within eighteen months, which underlines Egypt’s determination to consolidate the cooperation with Russia.
In the current complicated international situation marked by a high level of turbulence and more pronounced manifestations of crisis, we must not forget the lessons of the past in order to avoid making irreparable mistakes in the future. The world’s future cannot be determined by one state or a small group of states.
Eastern Europe is a fascinating geopolitical puzzle: complex, dynamic and important. It is hoped that nobody questions the urgency of active, bold and long-term thinking about the future of the region. Otherwise, the fate of Eastern Europe could once again be decided elsewhere.
The United States, intent on reducing its burdens in the Middle East and balancing against Russia, will reinforce the Turkish wavelength up to a point, while higher frequencies from other Sunni players such as Saudi Arabia will run interference against Turkey in Mesopotamia and the Levant.
In the twelve months since the collapse of global oil prices and the imposition of Western economic sanctions against Russia, the number of new Russian gas export project announcements has skyrocketed. Western governments have neither the tools nor the strategic need to engage in major project development.
After 12 years of tedious negotiations, Iran and the “P5+1” countries (China, France, Russia, the United States, and the United Kingdom, plus Germany) have reached a comprehensive agreement that will limit Iran’s development of its nuclear capabilities to non-military objectives. In exchange for its cooperation, Iran will eventually be relieved of the punishing sanctions that the United Nations, the European Union, and the US have imposed upon it for years. This is a huge diplomatic success.