Oleg Barabanov

Russian Federation

Programme Director of the Valdai Discussion Club; Professor of MGIMO University; Professor of the Russian Academy of Sciences

As a programme director of the Valdai Club Foundation he is сoordinating the expert programme on Global Alternatives; Academic Director of the European Studies Institute at MGIMO University since 2015; Professor at School of World Economics and Global Politics at National Research University Higher School of Economics since 2009.

Previous positions: Lecturer, History faculty, Lomonosov Moscow State University (1994–1996); Senior Research Fellow, Russian Institute for Strategic Studies (1997–2004); Associate Professor, Professor at MGIMO University since 2000; Head of Directorate for Research Policy at MGIMO University (2005–2008); Head of Department of EU Politics at European Studies Institute at MGIMO University (2007–2014).

Co-author of the Valdai Discussion Club publications on ‘Creating Central Eurasia’, on relations of Russia with China and U.S., on ‘nuclear fears’ after the Ukrainian crisis. Author of 6 research monographs.

Materials

Robert Mugabe: “I do not make enemies. Others make me an enemy of theirs”
21.11.2017
Interest in Zimbabwe has spiked around the world following recent events in that African country. This affords an opportunity to consider not only the current political underpinnings of the crisis in

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Future Conflicts: Not Just Geopolitics
08.11.2017
The neo-globalization values ​​of the right to development and to equal development, which have not yet been articulated, run counter to the values ​​of sovereignty and the politically incorrect task

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Catalonia Unilaterally Declares Independence Amid Deep Divisions
27.10.2017
On Friday, October 27, the Parliament of Catalonia declared independence from Spain by a 70-10 majority with 55 deputies declining to vote and 2 abstaining. Minutes later, the Spanish Senate approved
Catalan Referendum As a Result of the EU’s Regional Policy
06.10.2017
If the European Commission calls the Catalan referendum illegal, it is the Brussels strategists and not the Catalan radicals or Spanish Prime Minister who is to blame.

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Maduro in Moscow: Russia Can Expand Its Presence in Latin America
04.10.2017
Venezuela should be perceived as part of the “left turn” in Latin America. In the 2000s, several states declared that it was necessary to distance themselves from the United States in order to pursue

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Threat of Nuclear War 55 Years After the Cuban Missile Crisis
08.09.2017
The Cuban missile crisis is of fundamental importance as a clear psychological and political watershed in the attitude to nuclear weapons and the possibility of their use. It finally became clear that

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Latin American Gangs as a Challenge to Trumpism
02.08.2017
It would seem that Islamic jihadists and wild Latinos are unmatchable evils but they are now mixed up together and presented as different aspects of the same war, writes Valdai Club programme director

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For the Good Things and Against the Bad Things: Reviewing the G20 Summit
10.07.2017
From a historical point of view, the G20 Summit in Hamburg is a run-of-the-mill and even unsuccessful event, says Valdai Club Program Director Oleg Barabanov. What caused the most interest was not the

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Qatar as a Revisionist Power: The Ideology of Political Wahhabism
07.07.2017
The current crisis in the relationship between Qatar and a majority of Gulf countries, led by Saudis has an important ideological implication and is not simply a competition for leadership in the

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Pancasila vs. Islamism: Indonesia’s New Ideological Course
13.06.2017
We are witnessing a dramatic reorientation of Indonesia’s official state ideology: what was anticommunism is now anti-Islamism. Naturally, this will only stir up the already restless civil society. It

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The UK Is on the Verge of Radical Decisions
09.06.2017
The UK is in a difficult situation, if not a stalemate, following the general election, according to Valdai Club Programme Director Oleg Barabanov. According to him, a rejection of Brexit and other

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Russia and the G7 Summit: Much Will Depend on What Trump Wants
26.05.2017
The question of Russia's return to the G7 is not on the agenda of the summit. Trump's internal political problems, the pre-election situation in France, the UK and Germany will bring