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.
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.
11/28/201112:33 Why does Russia want to underline the failure of the talks? Because otherwise an unspoken assumption could emerge that the mere existence of discussions somehow legitimizes the US project, and that it has Russia’s tacit agreement. Now Medvedev has highlighted that the problem remains on the table and that it will be impossible to remove or bypass by ignoring its existence.
11/25/201110:03 Analysts in Russia continue to believe the U.S. antimissile shield is aimed at countering Russia’s nuclear deterrent. So far, NATO has refused to present Russia with written guarantees that the U.S. missile shield wouldn’t threaten Moscow. Even Prime Minister Putin expressed great concern on the matter. So there has been little reset there.
11/21/201113:40 Moscow and Washington failed to develop a new positive agenda of Russian-American relations. Thus, there is a risk that the "Reset Policy" may share the failure fate of the previous attempts of the Russian-American rapprochement.
11/17/201114:36 Nothing would prevent Moscow from withdrawing from cooperative arrangements if it later concluded that its nuclear deterrent was at risk. But sitting on the sidelines will mean missing an opportunity — one that could move broader U.S.-Russian and NATO-Russian relations to a more positive level.
11/09/201111:00 Three recent developments seem bound to go down in history as major milestones of international relations: the completion of NATO’s military operation in Libya, Palestine’s accession to UNESCO and the guilty verdict handed down to Viktor Bout, a Russian citizen, by a US court.
10/19/201109:36 The rise of the French-British tandem has met with a positive reaction from the United States. Washington succeeded in blocking the EU Mediterranean partnership, managed to devalue the role of the Mediterranean Union as an autonomous project and resumed cooperation with France on security issues.