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.
08/08/201210:28 Fears of the ‘Chinese threat’ are based on the assumption that a rising China will have to ‘expand’ to neighboring Russian territories to feed the country’s continued economic growth. But China’s core strategic interests are quite different – China needs good and stable relations with Russia, as a ‘rearguard’ in its global competition with the U.S.
08/06/201211:42 The rapidly changing environment in the Pacific Region gives Japan and Russia an impetus to seek a better relationship based on mutual trust. The center of global economy and politics is moving to the Asia-Pacific and the image of China has been creating a certain security vacuum in this region.
07/23/201214:54 The upcoming APEC summit in Vladivostok and the creation of the Federal Ministry for the Development of the Far East of the Russian Federation means that Russian society and business elites are ready to take a new look at Siberia and the Far East.
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.
07/10/201213:24 Huang Jing, Professor and Director, Center on Asia and Globalisation (CAG), Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (LKYSPP) names four prerequisites for success of the Russian efforts to integrate into Asia-Pacific region.
07/09/201215:19 The report summarizes the ideas raised at the conferences of the Valdai Club Russian-Chinese section in 2010-2011. The authors stress the importance of Russia's turn towards Asia, examine the current situation in Siberia and the Russian Far East from economic and political angles and the prospects “to catch the Chinese wind in the sails of Russia’s economy.”
06/19/201210:49 India believes that the SCO will emerge as one of the most significant organization in the coming years and will be effectively contributing to regional security and in bringing economic stability in the region. India therefore wants to play more pro-active role in the region by joining the SCO as a full member.
06/14/201212:26 Russia needs Iran as a deterrent against its enemies in the region, the Arab monarchies led by Saudi Arabia. China, the main purchaser of Iranian oil, seems to be covertly facilitating the Iranian missile and nuclear program, or at least mediating between Iran and North Korea in this matter.
06/14/201210:14 The reality is that the Russian gas exporter, Gazprom, is as dependent on the European market as the Europeans are on Russian gas. So a great deal of the anxiety about dependence on Russian gas really doesn’t reflect the reality, which is that Gazprom earns most of its profits exporting gas to Europe and to date Gazprom doesn’t mostly export gas to Asia, that’s the future.