4th annual conference of the Middle East Dialogue of the Valdai International Discussion Club, titled “Islam in Politics: Ideology or Pragmatism?”, will take place in Marrakesh, Morocco, on May 14-15.
Issues of commonalities and differences in the Muslim communities of Russia and Canada, as well as problems of their integration into the legal frameworks of their respective countries, were the main topics of discussion at the conference Muslims in Russia, the CIS, and Canada: Cohabitation and Cooperation
The conference Muslims in Russia, the CIS, and Canada: Cohabitation and Cooperation presented by Carleton’ Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, the Department of Political Science, the Carleton Centre for the Study of Islam, and the Valdai Discussion Club is to be held on March 8, 2013 at the Carleton University, Ottawa.
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.
A new Valdai Discussion Club analytical report “Military Reform: Toward the New Look of the Russian Army” was presented in Moscow on July 19. The report’s authors look in detail at the prerequisites for and the military-political background to the reform of the Russian Armed Forces, which was launched in the fall of 2008.
The Valdai Discussion Club, the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy and the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs of the National Research University – Higher School of Economics held the fifth conference of the Valdai Club Asian section in Moscow on July 6-7, 2012.
The report summarizes the ideas raised at the conferences of the Valdai Club Russian-Chinese section in 2010-2011. The authors stress the importance of Russia's turn towards Asia, examine the current situation in Siberia and the Russian Far East from economic and political angles and the prospects “to catch the Chinese wind in the sails of Russia’s economy.”
The Valdai Discussion Club, the German Society for Foreign Affairs (DGAP) and the French Institute for International Relations (IFRI) celebrated the start of a joint project within the European Section of the Valdai Club with a conference “The new Eurasian Union integration process. How should the European Union react?” that was held in Berlin on June, 14-15, 2012.
The leading Russian experts on the Middle East discussed the recent developments in the region during the presentation of the Valdai Club analytical report “Transformation in the Arab world and Russia's interests” held in Moscow on June, 8. The report summarizes and expands ideas and insights expressed by the participants of the third conference of the Valdai Club Middle East section that was held in Sochi on February 17-18.
The Valdai International Discussion Club, the German Society for Foreign Affairs (DGAP) and the French Institute for International Relations (IFRI) are launching a joint project within the European Section of the Valdai Club. The project involves holding international meetings in Berlin, Moscow and Paris to discuss integration processes in the post-Soviet space and their impact on relations between Russia and the EU.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation is one of the most important foreign policy initiatives taken by Russia along with five other countries. Both Russia and China want to reduce the threat of separatism and western influence in the region. Emergence of SCO provoked new international order.
Iran has made varying degrees of progress down the tracks—enrichment, weaponization and delivery system—needed to have a viable nuclear weapon. How far will it proceed? One option is to build a bomb and, to show the world its nuclear prowess, conduct a test. But that option poses real risks for the Iranian government.
The current contract portfolio of Russian arms exporters is worth about $46 billion. Annual exports total $15 billion, and this will ensure uninterrupted deliveries for the next three years, even in the worst-case scenario. The list of the main buyers of Russian weapons is unlikely to change drastically.
Why did Russian officials choose to make Fogle’s case so public and then insist that it was unlikely to affect U.S.-Russia relations? The official explanation for this is that Moscow had already asked the United States to stop trying to recruit its intelligence officers—which seems like a silly and unrealistic request, since Russian agencies seem unlikely to halt similar steps in the United States—and that officials were frustrated after handling a similar case quietly earlier this year.