The Washington Times and the Kommersant newspaper in Moscow following the initiative taken by Valdai Discussion Club have launched a joint project known as US-Russia Crosstalk to foster constructive dialog on issues where the two countries can share common ground in an era of global tension.
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.
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.
The actual reduction of tensions will probably have to be compensated by even more bellicose statements. But overall, this situation may continue until the end of Obama’s presidency. Later on, the situation will depend on a great deal of factors, not least of all on the relations of both countries with China.
On the first anniversary of the referendum on independence of the Donetsk People's Republic, its officials claimed that they were fine with becoming an autonomy as a part of Ukraine. The problem of creating autonomous formations and their functioning can generally be solved under certain conditions. But it depends on who will manage the economic process.
Certain statements made by several NATO member states about strengthening of their military budget should be considered as purely cosmetic. Political statements are often very firm from the diplomatic point of view, but are not followed by concrete actions from the military point of view. Their effects do not constitute real threat to Russia.
Much of the post-World War II consensus no longer survives: Few people can muster enthusiasm for the UN, the European dream is in crisis, and the social-democratic welfare state is being eroded more and more every day. But today, seventy years later, we would do well to remember why that consensus was forged in the first place.
Growing tensions between the West and Russia and between the United States and China go well beyond competing interests in a rustbelt in eastern Ukraine or over uninhabited rocks in the South China Sea. Fundamentally, they are about whether Russia and China will acquire sphere of influences in their neighborhood. Russia seeks special influence in the former Soviet Union and China is looking to make its nine-dash line in the South China Sea a reality.
The postwar geopolitical system is breaking down, and what comes next could be highly volatile—especially for big corporations. As we grope our way toward a new domestic and international order, successful businesses will be the ones that recognize a truism that should have been obvious from the start: business and politics are in fact inseparable.
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.