4th annual conference of the Middle East Dialogue of the Valdai International Discussion Club, titled “Islam in Politics: Ideology or Pragmatism?”, will take place in Marrakesh, Morocco, on May 14-15.
Issues of commonalities and differences in the Muslim communities of Russia and Canada, as well as problems of their integration into the legal frameworks of their respective countries, were the main topics of discussion at the conference Muslims in Russia, the CIS, and Canada: Cohabitation and Cooperation
The conference Muslims in Russia, the CIS, and Canada: Cohabitation and Cooperation presented by Carleton’ Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, the Department of Political Science, the Carleton Centre for the Study of Islam, and the Valdai Discussion Club is to be held on March 8, 2013 at the Carleton University, Ottawa.
The analytical report “Russia’s Economy: after Transformation, before Modernization” was prepared after discussions at the Valdai Discussion Club Summit held on October 21–22, 2012. The report incorporates many of the conclusions on Russia’s political development contained in the 2011 Valdai report “Russia Should Not Miss Its Chance: Development Scenarios”.
The Russia Development Index (Valdai Index) reflects the combined opinion of the world's leading experts on Russia as regards Russia’s political, economic, social, cultural and international performance. The annual poll aims to study changes in Russia’s development trends over a year. It is important that respondents assess not the current situation, but changes.
The analytical report “Military Reform: Toward the New Look of the Russian Army” summarizes the results of the conference of the Valdai Discussion Club Defense and Security section titled “Modernization of Russia’s Armed Forces and Cooperation in International Security” which was held on May 25-27, 2011 in Moscow.
01/23/201314:25 The development of Siberia and the Russian Far East is impossible without relations with China. We should not shut ourselves off from China, but cooperate with it: to identify the competitive advantages of the Transbaikal and the Russian Far East; to evaluate the real, and not the imaginary demand of the Chinese market for certain goods and services from Siberia and the Russian Far East.
01/09/201311:29 The rise of China and the relative decline of the role of the USA on the international arena demand de-ideologization of Russia’s view of the world. Political realism must be freed from the chains of outdated dogmas and from Russia’s ambitions to oppose the imaginary and abstract “West.”
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.
11/28/201211:42 If the current leaders want Russia to regain its status, they should consider using economic planning. In recent years, economic development plans have been replaced with all kinds of programs and strategies. The Chinese leadership does not make longer-term plans, because they believe that this undermines performance discipline and responsibility.
11/22/201210:56 The commitment to improve their people’s livelihood, which all Chinese, American and Russian leaders have repeatedly expressed during the election year, apparently will become an vital fulcrum in promoting Sino-U.S relationship, Sino-Russian relationship and Russia-U.S. relationship.
11/21/201212:43 The Russian-Chinese relations under the new Chinese leadership will continue to develop in a good way – by default. The ‘fourth generation’ (Hu Jintao, Wen Jiabao, etc.), together with the Russian president (Vladimir Putin) set up such a good framework for bilateral relations in the early 2000s, that it will continue to function, despite personal changes in the leadership.
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.
10/12/201210:07 Urbanization is a direct manifestation of the process of economic development. The challenges of rapid urbanization are being faced by Russia-India-China (RIC). Recent trend in the urbanization process shows that Asia will be the centre of future urbanization in the world.
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.
09/21/201210:45 Americans now are convinced that China is catching up or already overtook the United States as the next “peer-competitor” - not Russia. Islamist terrorism is also perceived as transnational threat, not Russia. In Russia, on the other hand, the perception of the United States as an adversary fluctuates, it depends on the situation and media coverage.