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.
11/19/201311:40 Asia Pacific is becoming a foreign policy priority for Russia. This is logical, as it is the most rapidly developing geopolitical region. Not only is the global economic and political center of gravity shifting to the region, the direction and forms of humanity’s future development largely depend on it. Russia’s interests cannot be fully reconciled with the interests of the United States or China.
11/12/201311:46 Could Russia’s attempts to establish closer ties with countries of Southeast Asia or Indochina become an issue in its relationship with China? Putin’s visits to Vietnam and South Korea will focus on certain infrastructure projects, certain easing of tensions in bilateral relations and by no means taking any steps that could undermine the major bilateral treaty with China.
10/17/201310:45 The achievements of Russian politics, including the emerging possibility for energy exports are related to the transition to a strategic partnership with China. Attempts to find other partners ranging from Japan and ASEAN countries to New Zealand and the United States have failed. The Russian-Chinese Big Treaty remains the key resource of Russia’s policy in the Pacific, as it was ten years ago.
10/10/201312:37 The potential of Russian economic cooperation with Asia-Pacific countries is really high. But so far the share of Asia-Pacific in Russia's foreign trade is not big enough yet. This is partly due to the fact that over the past decades, our foreign economic and trade policy was overly Euro-oriented.
10/17/201211:14 Russia wants to have a voice in the development of the multilateral institutional framework in Asia. It is also important for the socio-economic development of Russia’s Far East and Easter Siberia and the so-called “Asian regions of Russia”, which are very rich in natural resources but require tremendous investment. This will be key for Russia’s increasing economic integration into Asia. The integration has already been happening.
10/03/201214:31 Some Russian pundits argue that the East, with its vast markets, booming economies and free competition, looks more attractive and dynamic than the West with its artificial trade barriers and economic instability.
09/17/201210:38 The Asia-Pacific region is becoming the unquestioned leader of the global economy and international relations, and Russia wants to join the dynamic processes of regional integration, which, in turn, would help open up and develop vast Russian territories east of the Urals. These two strategic priorities are interconnected and are viewed as mutually reinforcing.
09/13/201213:44 The APEC agenda continues to be shaped by the United States and its allies, while the Kremlin has only a limited influence on the processes in the Pacific. The result of the Vladivostok summit is not fatal for Russia, but it does show how difficult it will be for Moscow to integrate into the Pacific system of relationships.
09/05/201210:12 Russia’s chairmanship reminds the world that the APR – which emerges as the main strategic region of the 21st century – is inseparably linked to the Euro-Atlantic region and its central role in the events of the 20th century.