Report: The Importance of Being Earnest: How to Avoid Irreparable Damage


What is happening in the world? Is it a revolution that is breaking old foundations and bringing something fundamentally new? Or is it just a cyclical shake-up that will stir up the environment, but leave intact the principles of relations between states that did not change for millennia? And will the new turn out to be the well-forgotten old in the next stage?

The Valdai Discussion Club reflects on this in a series of reports that are issued for the regular annual meetings in October. The fourth report, prepared this year, is titled "The Importance of Being Earnest: How to Avoid Irreparable Damage.” But unlike the piquant play of Oscar Wilde, (which the title was borrowed from), the authors urge to abandon the "strategic frivolity", that enveloped the global elites at the end of the last century and shattered their most basic foundation, of self-preservation. 

It is necessary to return to an adequate perception of reality with its entire palette of dangers and threats, and understand that self-preservation is not 'every man for himself', but everyone together against the risks that is more effective to combat jointly.

Related articles

G7 Summit: Six against One
The G7 summit, scheduled for June 8-9 in La Malbaie, Canada, is going to be held on a six-vs-one basis, with everyone double charging the US because of its trade tariffs. Tensions between the G7

Expert Opinions
The SCO and Cooperation Between Civilizations
The post-communist state of the SCO members as a space of certain mixed values supported by traditional guidelines prevents them from being automatically integrated into the Western value space. Is it

Expert Opinions
Europe’s Third Strategic Disaster and the Future of the Westphalian Order
Europe, with its exhausted potential, can no longer be seen as a component of the global balance. India is on its way in. Its joining will create the conditions for the international system to return

Expert Opinions