On September 11, 2018, within the framework of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, the Valdai Club TV debates took place on the Russia-24 channel. A report, titled “Toward the Great Ocean – 6: People, History, Ideology, Education. Rediscovering the Identity” was presented during the debates.
The essence and meaning of “Russia’s pivot to the East” as well as the integration of the Far East into the system of economic, educational, scientific and humanitarian ties in Asia still attract the attention of experts.
“Russia’s pivot to the East” does not boil down to Russia’s entry in the regional production, marketing and technological chains, but is also a phenomenon with its own ideological dimension. Experts urge to consolidate in the Russian consciousness the role of Pacific Russia and the idea that the Russian presence in Asia and Eurasia is a natural state, and that the “pivot to the East” is not equivalent to a “U-turn from Europe.”
Another important issue is the inclusion of Siberia and the Far East in the sphere of attention of the entire Russian society, overcoming the information gap about this part of Russia from the western and central regions of the country. The authors of the report believe that these territories should be perceived by Russians as habitually as any area in the European part of the country.
Thus, the new ideology of the “Pivot to the East” accumulates all aspects of Russia’s historical movement “to the Great Ocean,” which will be the central theme of the TV debates.
“Toward the Great Ocean” is a series of reports prepared by leading Russian experts involving both the scientific community and practitioners, politicians and businessmen, for a comprehensive analysis of “Russia’s pivot to the East”. The first Valdai Club report was published in 2012 and made a significant contribution to the rationale and popularization of the eastern development vector of the country. In subsequent works, specific steps were proposed to implement the idea.
Andrey BYSTRITSKIY, Chairman of the Board, Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club; Professor, National Research University Higher School of Economics
Fyodor LUKYANOV, Research Director, Valdai Discussion Club
Sergey KARAGANOV, Dean, School of World Economics and International Relations, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow; Honorary Chairman, Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy
Leonid BLIAKHER, Head of the Department of Philosophy, Pacific National University
Viktor LARIN, Doctor of History, Professor at the FEFU Asia-Pacific Department
Timofey BORDACHEV, Programme Director, Valdai Discussion Club; Director, Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow
Working Languages: Russian, English