On October 1, the second day of the Valdai Club Annual meeting, four sessions were held.
The first of them was devoted to the problem of religious extremism and its impact on politics. Experts agreed that Islam is diverse and pluralistic, and there are many moderate currents opposing terrorism. The experts stressed the importance of interacting with them and the need to attract the centers of Islamic political and legal thought to the fight against radicalism.
The second session was devoted to the topic of Greater Eurasia and the role of Russia. The experts noted the importance of the economic aspect in the development of the Eurasian space, as well as what role the Chinese Belt and Road initiative.
The special session, titled “Russia and the Islamic World: How They Interact and Influence Each Other”, as well as the first session was connected with religious issues. The participants discussed the role of Russia in the Islamic world and the specifics of Russian Islam. They especially considered the experience of the formation of a multinational and multi-confessional society.
The closing session of the day was dedicated to Africa. This discussion was especially relevant in light of the first Russian-African summit scheduled for October 23-24 in Sochi. It was noted, that the repetition of mistakes made by Western countries, which perceived the continent solely as a source of resources, is not permissible. Africa should not become again a laboratory of the external players’ struggle for influence and power.
This year, the Annual Meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club will last four days - from September 30th through October 4th. Almost all sessions will traditionally be held according to the Chatham House Rule. But we will prepare analytical notes for you each day. You can watch online broadcasts of the most interesting discussions on our website.
12:30 - 14:00 Session 6. Middle East in the General Context of Russia’s Policy
17:00 - 19:00 Plenary session. The World Order, Seen from the East
The schedule of all discussions and speakers can be found in the Programme