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.
11/07/201310:16 From the very beginning of his leadership Putin stressed that Russia must pursue its own path towards modernity and democracy, but he has not claimed that this path is special, in the sense that Russia represents an alternative modernity. On his return to the Kremlin in 2012 Russia’s uniqueness has been accentuated rather more.
11/06/201310:31 Vladimir Putin is perceived as a stronger than the country he leads. Apart from everything else, he is edging closer to the dean status among the leaders of major powers. But it is certainly a matter of concern for him as the leader of Russia. A country cannot rely on the prestige and activeness of one person alone, whoever he may be.
10/30/201310:55 Valdai Club this year was indeed a big political event, dominated by the Russian President who is and will be the dominant political force for the years to come. And the significance of 2013 Valdai cannot be underestimated as its main messages will stay with Russia and the world for a long time.
10/23/201310:40 Is the former NSA analyst a modern-day dissident? Both Solzhenitsyn and Snowden revealed their findings to foreigners and not to their own domestic bureaucrats. American and British authorities have put pressure on the journalists who helped Snowden as KGB pursued friends of Solzhenitsyn.
10/10/201311:01 The Valdai experts believe that President Putin is trying to pinpoint a new political tradition in Russia, where demand is growing for a European identity that differs from a Western identity. Most Russians support the idea of a “conservative revolution” as a means of standing separate from the West while remaining a European nation.
10/09/201310:57 On the tenth anniversary of the Club’s formation, the Valdai this year was much larger than before. This year the Kremlin’s main target audience was not the international participants and their audiences, but the Russian population. Part of the message the government wanted to get across of course concerned building up the image of Putin and Russia as important, respected and responsible actors on the world stage.
10/04/201310:56 In the context of the ongoing political game, all unpopular decisions will be ascribed primarily to Medvedev, followed by United Russia. Medvedev’s behavior is marked by inertia. All he’s doing now is playing a behind-the-scenes game to stay on as prime minister.
10/01/201310:11 President Putin’s speech was supposed to become the pinnacle of the 10th Valdai meeting. Someone was quick to characterize it as a “triumphant benefit performance,” but it did not seem like one. The relaxed Putin positioned himself as a crowd-favorite and resembled an experienced master of ceremony a priori confident about his success.