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.
On June 18, within the framework of the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum, live television debates entitled "Silk Road and Greater Eurasia: Politics, Economy, Infrastructure" will be held in cooperation with Russia 24 TV channel.
On June 17, 2015 the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) and the Valdai Discussion Club will hold a seminar “Global Alternatives to Left-Wing Forces in the 21st Century: Marxism and Other Ideologies”.
The 19th Valdai paper is devoted to the just war theory and the analysis of humanitarian intervention consistent with liberal political philosophy. Relying upon the classical theory the author proceeds to a modern interpretation of the just war concept.
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 question posed to the Greek public is confusing and misleading. There is no clear ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ option but an evaluation of a proposal by the lenders, which is not understood in full. If the people vote ‘Yes’ it is not known what the fate of the government will be.
The official gave insight into the results of the sessions of the charter-based bodies of the Organization held in Dushanbe in May-June and the surprise combat readiness checks in the CSTO Collective Rapid Reaction Force conducted on May 12-19.
The entire course of post-revolutionary upheavals in the Middle East shows that it is hardly possible to break the vicious circle of violence and terror, fratricidal civil wars and destruction of statehood without removing the tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran – two regional centers of influence.
Approximately 570 Italian companies are present now in Russia, particularly dealing with energy, automotive industry, food processing and telecommunications. As to the energy sector, Italy has a fruitful partnership with the Russian government, sharing real interdependence and common interests.
Primakov was an expert in the Middle East, and earlier in his career, he had spent some time there. After Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in the summer of 1990, Gorbachev sent him on a couple of missions to Baghdad to try to persuade Saddam to withdraw and thus avert a war.
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.
Europe’s political center—left and right—is in the process of collapsing, making way for far more radical and populist parties on the extremes of the political spectrum. This collapse has been most evident in southern Europe, where five years of economic hardship and high unemployment have taken a dramatic toll.
Russia simply has far more at stake in Ukraine than the United States and its NATO allies do, and that means that Putin will take risks that the West simply won’t. It would be morally reprehensible and strategically obtuse, therefore, to encourage Ukrainians to conclude that the West will match Russia move for move.