Valdai 2016: List of Speakers


Wednesday, October 24

Special session. What if… the Soviet Union had not collapsed?

•    Daniel Drezner, Professor of International Politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University
•    Mikhail Pogrebinsky, Director of Kiev Center of Political Studies and Conflictology
•    Alexander Prokhanov, Editor-in-chief, Zavtra newspaper; Chairman, Izborsky Club
•    Sheng Shiliang, Resarch fellow, Global Issues Research Center of Xinhua News Agency

Moderator: Yuri Slezkine, Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Tuesday, October 25
Opening of the 13th Annual Meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club

Opening remarks: Andrey Bystritskiy, Chairman of the Board, Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club

Session 1. World order: quo vadis?

•   Fu Ying, Chairperson, Foreign Affairs Committee of the National People`s Congress of the People`s Republic of China
•    Sergei Karaganov, Dean of the School of International Economics and Foreign Affairs of the National Research University Higher School of Economics; Honorary Chairman of the Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy
•    John Mearsheimer, Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago
•    C. Raja Mohan, Director, Carnegie India
•    Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister of Australia (2007-2010, 2013); President, Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI)

Moderator: Fyodor Lukyanov, Research Director of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club; Editor-in-Chief of Russia in Global Affairs

Meeting with a high-ranking Russian official

Session 2. Democracy 2.0: how is popular rule changing?

•    Alexander Filippov, Chief of the Centre for Fundamental Sociology at the National Research University Higher School of Economics; Editor-in-Chief of Russian Sociological Review
•    Boris Kapustin, Professor, National Research University Higher School of Economics
•    Ella Pamfilova, the Chairperson of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation
•    Daniel Treisman, Professor of political science at the University of California

Moderator: Flemming Rose, Writer and journalist

Session 3. From the Middle East to Central Eurasia: an arc of instability or a space for joint action?

•    Mikhail Bogdanov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
•    Muratbek Imanaliev, Professor, Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign, Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic; Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan (1991-1992, 1997-2002); Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (2010-2012)
•    Clifford Kupchan, Chairman, Eurasia Group
•    Mehdi Sanaei, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Islamic Republic of Iran in the Russian Federation
•    Yaşar Yakiş, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey (2002-2003)

Moderator: Alexander Aksenyonok, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary; Senior Researcher, Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Member of the Russian International Affairs Council

Meeting with a high-ranking Russian official

Wednesday, October 26

Session 4. The world after the recent major migration

•    Yves Daccord, Director General, International Committee of the Red Cross
•    Soli Ozel, Senior Lecturer, Kadir Has University in Istanbul
•    Anatoly Vishnevsky, Director of the Institute of Demography, National Research University Higher School of Economics
•    Raúl Delgado Wise, Professor and Director of the Doctoral Programme in Development Studies, Autonomous University of Zacatecas, President of the International Network on Migration and Development and UNESCO Chair on Migration, Development and Human Rights

Moderator: Hans-Joachim Spanger, Head of Research Department, Leibniz Institute Peace Research Institute Frankfurt

Session 5. The world economy: a new globalization or a new protectionism?

•    Sergey Afontsev, Director of the Economics Department, Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO); Professor at Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO University)
•    Lee Jae-Young, Vice President at Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP)
•    Grigori Marchenko, First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan (2004), Governor of the National Bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan (1999-2004, 2009-2013)
•    Stanislav Voskresenskiy, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

Moderator: Evgeny Vinokurov, Director of the Centre for Integration Studies at the Eurasian Development Bank

Meeting with a high-ranking Russian official
Special session. Europe – our failed future?

•    Andrey Kortunov, Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council
•    Xiang Lanxin, Professor, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva; Director, Center of One Belt One Road and Eurasian Security, Shanghai
•    Wolfgang Schüssel, Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria (2000-2007)
•    James Sherr, Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House)

Moderator: Timofei Bordachev, Programme Director of the Valdai Discussion Club; Director, Centre for Comprehensive European and International Studies, National Research University Higher School of Economics

Thursday, October 27

Session 6. Will technology revolutionize the world?

•    Andrei Fursenko, Aide to the President of the Russian Federation
•    Mikhail Kovalchuk, President оf the National Research Center “Kurchatov Institute”
•    Evgeny Kuznetsov, Acting CEO of RVC OJSC
•    Ruslan Yunusov, CEO of the Russian Quantum Centre

Moderator: Nandan Unnikrishnan, Vice President and Senior Fellow, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi

Meeting with a high-ranking Russian official

Plenary session. A philosophy of international development for the new world

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