The Valdai Discussion Club Foundation, in cooperation with its partners, launched a new research project on Eurasian integration with a workshop in Shanghai on November 16-17. The aim of the project is to examine the entire Eurasian space in four dimensions and from four perspectives. The four dimensions are economic, political, security and social; and the four perspectives are Russian, Central Asian, Chinese and EU/US.
Over 200 Russian and foreign experts attended the 10th meeting of the Valdai Club. The participants focus on analyzing the internal processes and external challenges to work out a vision of Russia in the future.
Evaluating Russia’s development index during the annual poll this year, experts of the Valdai Discussion Club spoke positively about the country's growing role in national, regional and global security, foreign policy and soft power. Most negative assessment was given to performance of Russia’s political institutions, public confidence in them and the dynamics of economic development.
The research poll analyses five basic valuable aspects of contemporary Russian identity. In particular, the respondents were proposed to reflect over following principal aspects: culture, religion, ethnicity, self-identification, patriotism etc.
This report is based on discussions held at the Valdai Club's Middle East Dialogue conference, which took place in Marrakesh, Morocco, on May 14-15, 2013. The event was attended by high-profile politicians from the Middle East and North Africa, including leaders of Islamist movements, as well as prominent experts, analysts and journalists from Russia and around the world.
The development of Islamism in Russia depends on two factors. One is connected with global developments, and the other with the domestic economic and political situation, which is also affected by global developments. In the event of a negative scenario, Russia may see a dramatic growth in radical Islamic movements and also in advocates of the “Russia for Russians” slogan.
The Russian language by right represents the cultural and historical base of Russia’s statehood and an indispensable means to express the values of the entire Russian World. It ranks among the leading languages of the world, and serves as one of the UN’s six official languages and a medium of international, ethnic and cultural exchanges.
During the Thursday session From Ideas to Policy, members of the Valdai Club discussed measures that could help Russia become a strong, competitive power in the next quarter century. They arrived at the conclusion that Russia should invest more in human resources than in powerful modern production and technology.
The entire Valdai Discussion Club moved Tuesday to the newly restored Valdai Monastery, which provided a historical setting to discuss inter-religious and inter-ethnic dialogue. In the morning session, official representatives of Russia’s leading religions – Orthodox Christianity, Islam and Judaism offered their perspectives.
The Third International Arctic Forum “The Arctic – Territory of Dialogue” organized by the Russian Geographical Society (RGS) will take place from 24st to 25th of September, 2013. The Forum will be held in Salekhard, the administrative center of Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District and one of the two towns in the world located right on a Polar circle.
Russian civilization will come to an end without the unity of its people and a state that serves the people. It will suffer the same lot as the Central Asian civilizations buried under the sand. It would be a huge mistake to think that we can live under the natives of the Caucasus or Central Asia, like the Chinese did for centuries under Mongol rule.
The collapse of the Soviet Union was caused among other things by an awakening of Russian national identity. However, the new state, the Russian Federation, found itself facing the problem of whether it was a successor and legal heir to the Soviet Union or to the Russian Empire? Or is it a completely new state?
New ties between Russia and Japan would mark not only a breakthrough in their relations but also a significant shift in Northeast Asia’s political dynamic. Both are secondary players in a region overshadowed by an increasingly assertive China, which has not hesitated to push against the boundaries of its neighbors.
The structure of Nagorno-Karabakh is a Canton-like. There were regions dominated by the Azerbaijanis, there were regions dominated by the Armenians. Without the return of all the people who would like to go back there, we cannot talk about any recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh or discussions of this issue.
Violent suppression of protests can lead not to stabilization but just the opposite. It forces Yanukovych to seek solidarity only in Moscow. It puts Russia in a position where it will again be involved in Ukrainian politics. And in this murky swamp, we have repeatedly gotten bogged down.
The consequences of marketisation and competitive capitalism in Russia not only changed the form of inequalities but greatly amplified them both between and within regions. There is a polarisation between the rich and the poor in the richest areas which is paralleled, though to a slightly less unequal extent, in the poorer regions. The same economic principles work in all regions, despite some being more poorly endowed than others.