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.
07/29/201310:41 The scale of the exercise, preparation of the logistical and transportation support, cancellation of leave for military personnel and the testing of strategic mobility all indicate that considerable planning went into this exercise; it is unlikely that was in fact a real “snap inspection.” It was politically calculated to show Russia’s neighbors in the Asia-Pacific that Moscow has the political will to defend far flung territory during a crisis.
04/03/201311:04 While there is nothing wrong with efforts to build new trade and transit infrastructure across Central Asia per se, they ought to be driven by market logic rather than reflexive hostility to Russian and Chinese influence.
12/05/201211:45 Russia is wavering between China and Vietnam, and is trying to develop military and economic cooperation with both countries. Yet, Russia is finding it more and more difficult to maintain this posture without damaging its image. China shows no understanding toward efforts to deepen ties with Vietnam.
11/30/201210:10 It is obvious that life in large cities, including Moscow, is becoming increasingly uncomfortable for the local population, because the number of immigrants is growing, and young people who have little or no command of Russian constitute an increasing proportion among them.
11/13/201209:54 Interview of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey V. Lavrov for the news agency «RIA Novosti», newspaper «Moscow News», magazine «Russia in Global Affairs», Moscow, November 8, 2012.
10/08/201210:53 Russia can be deservedly proud that it achieved its main goals in 1992-1994. The methods employed were almost exclusively peaceful, despite attempts by both parties to drag Russia into the confrontation. By all standards, national reconciliation in Tajikistan remains a landmark event in the modern history of Russian diplomacy.
07/12/201213:38 Russia has taken over the rotating chair of APEC in 2012 and will host this year's summit in Vladivostok in early September. Gleb Ivashentsov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Deputy Неаd of the Russian Center for APEC Studies, stresses the importance of Russia’s APEC chairmanship and assesses the prospects of this structure given the contradictions between some the member-states.
07/11/201212:04 Kim Byungki, Professor of Politics and International Relations, Founding Directing Head of International Security Policy Forum at the Graduate School of International Studies, and Vice Director at The Institute for Sustainable Development at Korea University, assesses the current situation in the Asia Pacific region and highlights Russia's role in enhancing the regional security.
07/11/201211:06 Neighboring countries will not survive without Russia, because they have very high unemployment, and neither can we survive without them, because somebody needs to do all this work. So far, we are in the process of a very painful mutual adjustment.