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.
09/28/200913:28 Europe needs Security Horticulture not Security Architecture
09/28/200908:52 In European opinion, Russia has played the role of the “constitutive Other” since the Enlightenment. It was then that the modern European geography based on an East-West axis and the image of “semi-wild” Eastern Europe emerged. In the European discourse, Russia was seen either as a “barbarian at the gates” or an “eternal apprentice.”
09/18/200914:31 For the first time the last Valdai Club meeting was concentrated on the global issues, including developing of the European security system, global fiiancial crisis, aftermath of the U.S.- Russia summit. We travelled to Yakutia, for many people is was really an eye-opening chance to see what kind of processes are taking place in Russian regions.
09/17/200915:22 Angela Stent, Professor of Government and Director, Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, at the final press-conference of the 2009 Valdai International Discussion Club Summit.
09/11/200920:56 Alexandre Adler, a well-known French historian and columnist at Le Figaro and France Culture, for the first time participates in the Valdai Club Summit and shares his thoughts on the topics discussed this year.
07/23/200916:41 Finally it is a fact: despite legal uncertainty (the “constitutional” Treaty of Lisbon between the EU countries has not come yet into effect), the European Union held its parliamentary elections in June and is now preparing for the autumn reappointment of the higher government of the “united Europe”.