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.
08/16/201210:28 The united Europe will have to pay for its triumphalism, errors of the past and too rapid and unconditional enlargement of the EU and eurozone. It will have to pay for rejecting structural reforms by an overwhelming majority of countries (with the exception of Germany and several North European states) which they opted for on the wave of the euphoria, as the fall of the Iron Curtain and economic opening of China caused an extensive expansion of markets.
08/14/201210:13 Usually a crisis is triggered by some disaster, like the collapse of Lehman Brothers in September 2008. When this happens, consumption declines more than earnings because people start saving out of fear. But consumption has come back to normal in Russia in the past two years. We can expect a slowdown of domestic demand because of the expectation of the crisis, but to avoid this we must stop scaring the public.
06/25/201210:26 If the exchange rate of the euro goes down with respect to the American dollar, it would have a positive effect in Russia. But in general, Russia is not interested in major problems for Europe, because the European Union is our strategic partner, and it accounts for 50% of our foreign trade.
09/15/201111:59 Neither Russian businesses nor government economic regulators have learned how to extract positive results from Russia’s involvement in globalization. Instead, Russian business leaders and analysts view globalization as a threat, or at best a challenge, but never an opportunity.