A roundtable discussion on National Identity in the Era of Globalization: the Experience of China, Russia and other countries, organized by the Valdai Discussion Club and the School of Advanced International and Area Studies, East China Normal University was held on June 1st , 2013 in Shanghai. This roundtable opened a series of discussions aimed at developing the agenda for the 10th Anniversary Valdai Club meeting.
The influence which the burgeoning of political Islam could have on Muslims in Russia and on Russia’s relations with the new political players were the main topics of discussion at the conference of the Middle East Dialogue of the Valdai Discussion Club titled “Islam in Politics: Ideology or Pragmatism” which was held on May 14-15, 2013 in Marrakesh.
Participants in the Valdai International Discussion Club roundtable, “Russia-ASEAN relations: Regional dynamics in Southeast Asia”, spoke about new opportunities for cooperation and the prospects of economic relations between Russia and ASEAN nations. The event took place at MGIMO University on May 15, 2013.
The analytical report “Russia’s Economy: after Transformation, before Modernization” was prepared after discussions at the Valdai Discussion Club Summit held on October 21–22, 2012. The report incorporates many of the conclusions on Russia’s political development contained in the 2011 Valdai report “Russia Should Not Miss Its Chance: Development Scenarios”.
The Russia Development Index (Valdai Index) reflects the combined opinion of the world's leading experts on Russia as regards Russia’s political, economic, social, cultural and international performance. The annual poll aims to study changes in Russia’s development trends over a year. It is important that respondents assess not the current situation, but changes.
The analytical report “Military Reform: Toward the New Look of the Russian Army” summarizes the results of the conference of the Valdai Discussion Club Defense and Security section titled “Modernization of Russia’s Armed Forces and Cooperation in International Security” which was held on May 25-27, 2011 in Moscow.
Founder and President of the French Institute for International Relations (IFRI); Professor Emeritus at the Ecole Polytechnique and Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers; Member of the Académie des Sciences morales et Politiques of the Institut de France and a foreign member of a number of academies including the Academy of Sciences of Russia, columnist at le Monde (since 2002).
News that Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin would resign in order to run for the mayoral election in September came as quite a shock. Sobyanin’s political potential is fairly dubious, not to mention his approval ratings. He has not finished many of the projects he initiated and the electoral effect from these projects is expected to come a bit later than September 2013. Sobyanin’s opponents were not entirely unprepared for this blitzkrieg.
The Russian Aerospace, Air and Anti-Missile Forces have not participated in any drills of such scope for more than twenty years. The question of which state or organization is capable of challenging Russia’s missile defense today has quite an obvious answer: the United States and NATO, respectively. Apparently, they were the “potential enemies” during the drills.
Rouhani has spoken out that Tehran was unwise to depend on the “dual policies of countries like Russia, China and India at the international level,” whereby these counties merely used the Iran card to work on their bilateral ties with the US and strengthen their relations with the West.
The kind of patriotism promoted in Russia has traditionally been about love for the state rather than the nation. But this country has demonstrated in the most vivid way that governments come and go while the nation, with its great achievements and potential, is here to stay.