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.
05/31/201115:42 The Mistral deal is for Russia a step to move closer to NATO. Now everybody is wondering what Sarkozy has promised Medvedev following the Mistral deal. Perhaps he pledged something connected with NATO, such as help and support in bringing Russia and the North Atlantic alliance closer together. Russia is not against technical cooperation with NATO and already has some experience of such cooperation.
05/30/201115:32 Russia’s Deputy Chief of Operations at the General Staff, Andrei Tretyak, discussed military development issues at the Valdai Club’s Defense and Security section meeting in Moscow on Friday, the Defense Ministry’s press and information service told RIA Novosti.
05/30/201115:24 Combining the efforts of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and NATO would be a more efficient cooperation tool than the separate efforts of the U.S. and NATO on the one hand, and separate states, on the other, Alexander Sharavin, director of the Institute for Political and Military Analysis, said on Friday. He was speaking at the Valdai Club’s Defense and Security section meeting arranged by RIA Novosti, the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy (CFDP) and the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technology.
05/27/201112:46 The Russians are coming. So far, the invaders are both welcome and unexpected – these aren’t the Cold War comrades who aspired to geopolitical domination or the first wave of oligarchs with their treasure chest of natural resources. These Russians propose to conquer the world’s new frontier – the Internet – and they are every bit as cocky as their forebears.
05/26/201112:16 Twenty-first century electronic capabilities pose dangers exceeding the current provisions of the UN Charter and the NATO Treaty, these legal instruments need urgently to be updated. Governments, the private sector, and multinational organizations—principally those in the Euro-Atlantic region—must begin an international dialogue focused on enhancing technical and military capabilities, legal frameworks, and collective action adequate to the challenge.
05/23/201111:21 Russia has in the past threatened to place missiles in Kaliningrad — a small area with a population of nearly one million that is sandwiched between two European Union countries, Poland and Lithuania — in response to NATO’s plans to deploy part of its missile shield in Eastern Europe.
05/10/201111:41 The problem is that Russia did not know what it wanted. And to this day it does not know ... What is Russia - Western, Eastern, an embodiment of the Third Way? It is easy to pass mistakes off onto your enemy or opponent, but it is time for the people of Russia to say to themselves: if we want something, we should be doing something.
05/03/201109:39 Syria is Russia’s last true partner in the Mediterranean and the Arab world and hosts one of only two Russian overseas naval bases, that at Tartus. (The other being in Ukraine’s Crimea.) Libya and Syria are the only two Mediterranean nations and the sole remaining Arab states that are not subordinated to U.S. and NATO designs for control of the Mediterranean Sea Basin and the Middle East.
04/29/201110:41 As a military alliance, NATO is overrated. Contrary to a popular misconception, NATO did not keep the peace in Europe during the Cold War. American troops did. Although, for political reasons, no American president could say so publicly, American troops were in Western Europe to die.
04/27/201111:55 ATO and Russia will agree on a blueprint for cooperation on missile defence in June, Russia’s ambassador to the Western military alliance,Dmitry Rogozin, said on 18 April. At a summit in Lisbon in November, the two sides pledges to work together on the issue by developing a comprehensive Joint Analysis of the future framework for missile defense cooperation