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.
11/01/201310:26 With the world’s political and economic focus gradually shifting to the Asia-Pacific region, bilateral relations between China and Russia are facing new challenges and opportunities. For both China and Russia, the current changes may have a more profound impact on and significance for readjusting their development strategies than any changes that took place in previous decades.
05/24/201310:00 The growing outright rivalry between the United States and China gives Russia more foreign policy weight, enabling it to assume the role of a balancer. So far it has been doing so rather skillfully. Today it may participate in a joint naval exercise with China that Beijing positions as outwardly anti-American. But tomorrow it can team up with the naval forces of the Old World.
02/22/201310:24 Instead of establishing a new state-owned corporation, the government should take a completely different approach to making Siberia and the Far East prosperous. Russia is a natural balancing force in the region, rather than just China’s sidekick. Yet, for some reason, this is more evident when the situation is viewed from Siberia rather than from Moscow
12/05/201211:45 Russia is wavering between China and Vietnam, and is trying to develop military and economic cooperation with both countries. Yet, Russia is finding it more and more difficult to maintain this posture without damaging its image. China shows no understanding toward efforts to deepen ties with Vietnam.
08/06/201211:42 The rapidly changing environment in the Pacific Region gives Japan and Russia an impetus to seek a better relationship based on mutual trust. The center of global economy and politics is moving to the Asia-Pacific and the image of China has been creating a certain security vacuum in this region.
07/05/201210:07 The report, written by a group of the leading experts is aimed at evaluating Russia’s goals and opportunities in the dynamic Asian Pacific region. The authors of the report stress the importance of Russia's turn towards Asia, examine current political and economic situation in Siberia and the Russian Far East and test the chances of Russia’s economy “to catch the Chinese wind in its sails.”
07/04/201210:41 Interest in the Far East and Siberia has grown markedly in Russia over the past two years. The transfer of the capital would not only intensify the internal economic life of the region but would also promote the foreign economic ties of Siberia and the Far East, thereby integrating Russia into the international economy of the Asia-Pacific region, where its presence currently is rather weak.
06/13/201211:27 New radar systems are being put in place in Siberia and the Russian Far East to monitor the Pacific Rim. In May, a Voronezh-M early warning radar was put into operation in Russia’s Irkutsk Region near town of Usolye-Sibirskoe. New Voronezh-M and Voronezh-DM radars are planned for other regions of the country as well.
05/29/201209:49 Russia has started actively building up its presence in the region after the commissioning of Sakhalin gas deposits. After liquefying the bulk of the gas, Russia supplies it to its Asian partners. High-tech methods of liquefying natural gas can put Russia in the lead in the Asia -Pacific Region.
04/20/201212:58 Russia is facing a difficult choice. In the early 1990s, it opted for strategic partnership with China and now has a number of bilateral obligations within the framework of the 2001 Russian-Chinese Treaty of Friendship. At the same time, Russia has been trying to balance the excessive influence of Chinese business in the Russian Far East.