The Valdai Discussion Club Foundation, in cooperation with its partners, launched a new research project on Eurasian integration with a workshop in Shanghai on November 16-17. The aim of the project is to examine the entire Eurasian space in four dimensions and from four perspectives. The four dimensions are economic, political, security and social; and the four perspectives are Russian, Central Asian, Chinese and EU/US.
Over 200 Russian and foreign experts attended the 10th meeting of the Valdai Club. The participants focus on analyzing the internal processes and external challenges to work out a vision of Russia in the future.
Evaluating Russia’s development index during the annual poll this year, experts of the Valdai Discussion Club spoke positively about the country's growing role in national, regional and global security, foreign policy and soft power. Most negative assessment was given to performance of Russia’s political institutions, public confidence in them and the dynamics of economic development.
The research poll analyses five basic valuable aspects of contemporary Russian identity. In particular, the respondents were proposed to reflect over following principal aspects: culture, religion, ethnicity, self-identification, patriotism etc.
This report is based on discussions held at the Valdai Club's Middle East Dialogue conference, which took place in Marrakesh, Morocco, on May 14-15, 2013. The event was attended by high-profile politicians from the Middle East and North Africa, including leaders of Islamist movements, as well as prominent experts, analysts and journalists from Russia and around the world.
This book was published by Cambridge University Press in February 2013. The author’s academic interests include the political processes in the USSR and present-day Russia and symbols inherent in the political regimes. One of his earlier books is entitled Symbols and Legitimacy in Soviet Politics and as such is the predecessor of the work under review. The author explores the symbolism of post-Soviet Russia, which emerged, spontaneously and without purposeful efforts from on-high, in the place of the emasculated and hollowed out Soviet symbols.
Published by Stockholm Text Publishing AB in 2012, the book looks at privatization in Russia over the two decades between the dissolution of the Soviet Union and 2011. Ericson focuses on the oligarchs and their characters, together with the power they gained along with their huge volume of capital. The narrative is extensively peppered with biographical details, giving insight to the personalities behind the events. Additionally, the author gives a brief history of Russia so as to help readers better understand the country’s developments in the late 20th – early 21st century.
Published in 2013 by Yale University Press, London. Its author has repeatedly visited Russia and lived there for a long time as Reuters Moscow correspondent. In his new book, Judah analyzes the career of President Vladimir Putin and the political situation in Russia.
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.
Edward Snowden is not an isolated case but part of an independent community which is increasingly resolute in asserting itself and rejecting “raison d’Etat” and behind-the-scenes manipulation. The direct results of Snowden’s disclosures are most clearly evident in the context of Russian-American relations. The Snowden case has humiliated Europe, which Putin took the opportunity to remind them of.
Russia should stop offering economic assistance to Ukraine. President Yanukovych desperately needs financial relief, and, in extremis, he can promise anything in return. Ukraine has entered uncharted waters. Whatever the outcome of the current political standoff in Kiev and of the forthcoming presidential elections, the economic situation of the country is very difficult.
Russia has surged ahead on the foreign policy stage, but this is not enough to remain a great power. The tough-minded policies and masterful diplomacy of Russia’s leadership have maximized the country’s position in the world, and are now the main source of its international influence and prestige. Russia’s foreign policy in the next decade depends entirely on what happens at home.
The Ukrainian drama will strengthen the global image of Russia as a nation regaining its past power. Many European leaders have underestimated Moscow ever since the collapse of the USSR. Now, too many might be overestimating it.
New ties between Russia and Japan would mark not only a breakthrough in their relations but also a significant shift in Northeast Asia’s political dynamic. Both are secondary players in a region overshadowed by an increasingly assertive China, which has not hesitated to push against the boundaries of its neighbors.
Today, there is a need to take note that the Eurasian debate itself is not a monolithic on the whole and in its various forms serves distinct purposes. What seems to be emerging in multiple visions where each region has its own perspectives.
Investing US resources in some kind of new Great Game in the region is both wrong-headed and impractical. Russia and China border on the region and have obvious economic and security interests there. On the practical side, the United States is far away.
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.
Russia hopes to mimic the success of shale oil in the US with the development of its own hard-to-reach oil reserves. Russia holds the largest deposits of technically recoverable shale oil at around 75 billion barrels of oil.
Russia and China are acting anew like expansionist powers in Europe and Asia, a development with broad implications for America's own global role. Given the recent Western financial crisis, combined with the dysfunction of America's current version of representative government, it's no surprise China and Russia are touting the advantages of their alternate of state-controlled capitalism.
If Russia starts seriously flirting with the Kurds, Turkey will be unlikely to sit back and watch, and has plenty of leverage to call on. So, the Kremlin will either have to come up with a savvy balance (which it is seldom good at) or decide whether a Turkish bird in the hand is worth two Kurdish ones in the bush.
Whether the oligarchs stick with Mr Yanukovich could determine if and for how long Ukraine’s president remains in power. Ukraine’s politically tied billionaires command a far greater share of the country’s wealth than even Russia’s oligarchs. They have never been subjugated to the presidency to the extent Russian counterparts have by Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin.
Russia is undertaking a series of long-delayed and politically sensitive economic overhauls aimed at boosting efficiency as the country struggles with the longest period of economic stagnation yet in Vladimir Putin's 13-year reign, according to Igor Shuvalov.
Chinese cabinet has authorized Suifenhe City at the China-Russia border as the country's first pilot zone where Russian ruble can function. Under the new policy, the Russian ruble can be freely deposited and withdrawn at local banks. People can pay their bills with rubles in Suifenhe, northeast China's Heilongjiang Province.
Until recently, the Russians could draw on reservoirs in western Siberia to satisfy their needs, but now, with many of these fields in decline, they are counting on Arctic supplies to maintain current production levels. Russia is hardly alone in seeking to exploit the Arctic.