On April 28, in Paris, Valdai Club together with IFRI held the second in a series of roundtables on the crisis in Ukraine. The roundtable brought together more than 80 Russian, Ukrainian, French and European experts and officials, members of the business community and the media.
On April 16, Berlin hosted the first in a series of roundtables initiated by the Valdai Discussion Club on the crisis in Ukraine. More than 30 experts from Austria, Germany, Hungary, Russia, Ukraine and the USA took part in the discussion of the causes of the crisis and future scenarios.
The Valdai Discussion Club presents its new paper, “National Identity and Russia’s Future,” based on the discussions at the club’s 10th anniversary conference in September 2013 and subsequent work of the expert groups. The paper attempts to answer the most fundamental of questions: Who are the Russians, and what does their future hold?
The report presented at the 11th Krasnoyarsk economic forum on the 27th of February 2014 is a follow-up to the report Toward the Great Ocean, or the New Globalization of Russia, published by the Valdai Discussion Club in July 2012, and is based on the conclusions drawn in that report.
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 main premise of the book is that Russian-U.S. relations have been through four “resets” since 1991. Periods of thaw alternated with disappointment in each other and even cooling off. Therefore, the author’s aim is to reveal the limits of potential bilateral partnership and find a formula for stable partner relations without ups and downs.
Oliver Bullough has visited Russia many times and lived in Russia for long stretches of time as a Reuters correspondent in Moscow and in other capacities. The author analyzes Russia’s national crisis through the lens of the life of dissident priest Dmitry Dudko and seeks to understand whether Russia has a future as a nation.
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.
During the 11th Annual Meeting to be held in Sochi from October 22 to 24, experts of the Valdai International Discussion Club will focus on whether the global community will develop ground rules for the world politics or whether it will be a game without any rules where everyone fend for themselves.
The efficiency of trade and economic sanctions as a political tool has long been seriously discussed. More and more experts tend to believe that sanctions are not effective in principle. Nonetheless, sanctions remain a favored tool of politicians and the frequency with which sanctions are imposed around the world does not decline.
While the West considers color revolutions to be peaceful expressions of popular will opposing repressive authoritarian regimes, Russian officials argue that military force is an integral part of all aspects of color revolutions.
While some Ukrainians are implacably hostile toward Russia, many others are experiencing an identity crisis kindled by the confrontation with Moscow, and the contradiction embodied by Mr. Bulgakov reflects their inner turmoil.
President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia arrived Thursday in Belgrade to commemorate the city’s liberation by the Red Army during World War II, in a visit that underlined Moscow’s growing attempt to assert its influence in the western Balkans, even as Serbia tries to link itself inextricably to the West without losing Russia’s support.