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.
On July 31st in Moscow the Valdai Discussion Club launched the first report prepared under the auspices of the Research Grants Program of the Foundation for the Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club.
The Valdai International Discussion Club recently held a roundtable, Identity through Diversity, which capped off a series of meetings in Shanghai, Potsdam and Washington. The participants discussed the issue of national identity and tried to understand what unites Russia’s citizens in the 21st century, what challenges and threats loom in the future, and how to forge new values and ideals in Russian society in the interests of developing the Russian nation.
Valdai Club experts met in Washington to discuss Russia’s quest for national identity and to present the Russian and American views of this issue. The roundtable discussion at Georgetown University on June 17 was part of a series aimed at reviewing the agenda of the 10th Valdai Club meeting scheduled for September, which will discuss Russia’s identity in the changing world.
A series of discussions aimed at developing the central themes of the 10th Valdai Club meeting continued with the Search for the Identity of Russia and the EU in the Modern World roundtable in Potsdam, Germany on June 5, 2013. The roundtable was organized by the German-Russian Forum and the Valdai Discussion Club.
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.
Russia has become very adept in playing the diplomatic game, in which victory depends on choosing the right associate or partner. But there are a growing number of claimants to this role in the new horizontal and interdependent world. Aside Syria and Iran, being still important, the new venues for the application of practical diplomacy may well be Ukraine, the East China Sea and Afghanistan.
Edward Snowden is not an isolated case but part of an independent community which is increasingly resolute in asserting itself and rejecting “raison d’Etat” and behind-the-scenes manipulation. The direct results of Snowden’s disclosures are most clearly evident in the context of Russian-American relations. The Snowden case has humiliated Europe, which Putin took the opportunity to remind them of.
Russia should stop offering economic assistance to Ukraine. President Yanukovych desperately needs financial relief, and, in extremis, he can promise anything in return. Ukraine has entered uncharted waters. Whatever the outcome of the current political standoff in Kiev and of the forthcoming presidential elections, the economic situation of the country is very difficult.
Russia has surged ahead on the foreign policy stage, but this is not enough to remain a great power. The tough-minded policies and masterful diplomacy of Russia’s leadership have maximized the country’s position in the world, and are now the main source of its international influence and prestige. Russia’s foreign policy in the next decade depends entirely on what happens at home.