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.
07/07/201110:31 Among emerging challenges to international security, the threats posed by potential proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and missile technologies would seem to be one that would unite the United States, its NATO allies, and Russia.
07/06/201108:20 There are some inherent structural limitations on what NATO can do in terms of working with the CSTO. NATO is focused on cooperating with individual countries rather than with organizations. That’s the first and most important factor limiting the possibilities for NATO-CSTO cooperation.
06/30/201112:06 If we assume that Russia’s interests in post-Soviet states lie in propping up their authoritarian governments, undeveloped democratic institutions and civil society, and a lack of transparency in relations between government and business, then Russia will have a negative view of the Partnership for Peace program.
06/16/201109:43 Visa-free travel and missile defense co-operation are, unquestionably, worthwhile tasks which have been emphasized as such by Russia’s foreign policy makers. Their progress has been stalled exactly because Moscow tends to regard them as purely practical, technical issues to be dealt with by experts. But political and moral considerations are no less important.
06/10/201111:06 In view of Russia’s own efforts to build closer relationships with many Western countries as well as the West’s major organizations, its anxiety about the “near abroad’s” further inclusion into Western structures looks illogical. A hypothetical NATO and EU membership of Ukraine, for instance, would – if it ever happened – create a powerful impulse for the deepening of Russian-Western cooperation.
06/04/201109:46 Now the NATO coalition has a very uneasy choice on Libya. It should escalate its involvement – exert more pressure on the Gaddafi regime and maybe even start some ground operations in the country in order to push Gaddafi out and guarantee regime change in the end of the day. Or the coalition should basically state that the mission has actually been accomplished and now Libyans have to decide what kind of government they would like to have.
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.