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.
06/26/201212:30 Five major U.S. government contractors have approached Russia’s Rosoboronexport to supply Russian-made ammunition on a subcontract basis.The benefit of the Russian weapons for NATO and U.S. forces is their unfailing reliability in difficult conditions.
06/05/201211:14 The Russian Security Council is facing new challenges in both its foreign and domestic policy. The council should have a substantial contribution to consolidating national defenses, completing the reform of the army and navy, upgrading the armed forces and equipping them with modern weapons and combat control systems (especially in view of the U.S. and NATO deployment of missile defenses), and to resolving the social problems of service personnel.
05/23/201209:51 Europeans have given much more attention to the Caucasus lately, and because of their interest NATO also develops a greater interest, in the context not necessarily of Eastern Partnership as a model but in the EU`s efforts to deepen relations with all the countries on its periphery.
05/04/201210:18 Medvedev conducted himself with great dignity. He enabled Russia, by doing what he did, to enjoy the quality which he and Putin talk about endlessly: namely stability, political stability. But it's a quality which is extremely valuable. Therefore he has provided a very great service to his country.
04/19/201210:41 One hopes that the wise decision of Moscow and Washington to prevent the ballistic missile defense (BMD) issue from hindering the improvement of their relations will ultimately help them to see the unimportance of their BMD deadlock and to focus instead on the issues that really matter. If they do, they will not have to cancel any more summits in the future.
03/22/201214:50 Russia is helping the U.S. and NATO forces, which are fighting against international terrorism in Afghanistan. There are many common threats that can be countered only through joint effort. Allowing NATO to use Vostochny Airport in Ulyanovsk is Russia’s contribution to the fight against these threats.
02/13/201212:32 Stopping the U.S. missile defense program is a top priority for Moscow. The disagreements over it add to the friction between the two countries. Close Russian ties with Iran and China forced analysts in Washington to caution that information sharing on missile defense may reach wrong hands in Beijing and Teheran rather easily.
12/17/201111:24 The Working Group on the Future of U.S.-Russia Relations held its fourth meeting on December 16 and 17 in Moscow. Along with reviewing the current state of bilateral relations and their future through the lenses of the electoral cycles in Russia and the United States, the meeting addressed Russian-U.S. cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region.
12/02/201110:07 What the United States is doing is clearly a threat, if only in the long term, to the nuclear balance of power. As such, it challenges the agreed order that Moscow and Washington drew up a long time ago to govern their respective nuclear deterrents.