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.
12/30/201113:19 During the resurgence of Russia, specifically after Putin comes to power and Russia begins to regain international standing, when Americans finally start to sit back and think about what had really happened in 1991 in a comprehensive way.
12/26/201113:46 The role of one of the regional elites was absolutely decisive, namely, the Russian Federation. Yeltsin and the Russian Federation were the key factors in the fall of the Soviet Union. For Yeltsin, one of the few ways to get in the Kremlin was to essentially overthrow President Gorbachev
03/16/201110:54 The referendum on the preservation of the Soviet Union, held on March 17, 1991, was a desperate attempt by the authorities to stop the ever-accelerating process of disintegration by appealing directly to the people. Today’s attempts to spur integration among the former Soviet republics are in no way connected to the events of 20 years ago. Modern integration principles are based on common economic and security interests.
03/05/201110:14 The tragedy of the Russian reformers is that their contemporaries never understand them. Reforms are never popular because they involve the breaking of traditional institutions to which people have become accustomed. There is a psychological aspect to this: fear of an uncertain future.
03/03/201108:59 In the history of the 20th century, Mikhail Gorbachev stands alongside Vladimir Lenin, who set the entire course of the 20th century in motion, and Joseph Stalin, who was largely responsible for the Cold War. Lenin brought communists to power in Russia, something that changed world history. Gorbachev put an end to the Cold War and to the dominance of communism both in the Soviet Union and throughout the world.
03/02/201112:07 In German textbooks the collapse of communism, the downfall of the Berlin Wall, and the settlement of the East-West conflict are now more associated with US policy than Gorbachev and perestroika.
10/20/201009:00 Russia and Britain could begin a constructive dialogue. Russia is likely to persuade London to be more lenient on its European security initiatives, whereas Britain would probably like to improve cooperation with Russia on energy. However, the scale of this dialogue is limited. For the foreseeable future, the relationship between Russia and Britain will remain challenging.
10/04/201010:31 This fall marks 20 years since the reunification of Germany. On 12 September 1990 the Moscow Treaty was signed, apparently bringing the curtain down on the German question. On 3 October 1990, on the basis of the Moscow Treaty, the Cold War’s Eastern and Western Germany were reunified. Now, two decades later, it is time to consider whether the Moscow Treaty really did settle the "German question".
07/28/201009:41 The “Yeltsin's legacy” still determines the character of Russian-American relations. The Soviet collapse and the reduction of Russian resources encourage Russia to integrate into the new world order. But Russia has Soviet strategic potential. That is why Russia sometimes is doomed to be in the opposition to the contemporary world order.