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 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.
The 24th Valdai paper argues for a new academic discipline, geopolitical economy, which is better to understand the multipolar world, reconstruct its historical evolution and assess its progressive potential. The idea that the world is fast becoming multipolar should be uncontroversial.
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.
Are we to mourn the decreases in power disparities between the liberal West and the-not-so-liberal-rest, or treat it as an opportunity to engage in genuine and open-ended conversations, for the first time, without the entanglements of grossly uneven power relations?
The Arctic area is like an Ali Baba treasure trove with abundance of raw materials. Alongside with the hydrocarbons there are also huge deposits of mercury, lead, etc. We are witnessing an arms race in the Arctic, which could obtain even a larger scale.
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.
Greek politicians tried anything to find a hook that would pull voters to their side of the issue. No wonder Greek society was evenly (if deeply) divided. Is the glass half full or half empty? Is it really a ‘glass’? What is ‘it’? Even the response assignments were counter-intuitive.
Two major prophecies about international order emerged as the Cold War ended. One was Francis Fukuyama’s “end of history” thesis. It pronounced total victory for Western capitalism and liberal democracy over all other competing ideologies. The other was Samuel Huntington’s “clash of civilizations” thesis, predicting that the end of the U.S.-Soviet rivalry would be followed by a new wave of conflict fueled by civilizational competition and animosity.
Shifting priorities at the national level, a misreading of the effects of globalization, and academics’ own drift away from knowing real things about real places have combined to weaken the United States’ intellectual capital.
Natural disasters and environmental catastrophe can have a profound effect on the geopolitical landscape and create a diplomatic quagmire for local governments as well as surrounding superpowers. While immediate response to these disasters are often carried out with compassion and without discrimination to specific ethnic groups or political affiliations, the situation can evolve into an adversarial tug-of-war between states.