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.
12/14/200917:25 Charles Grant , director of the Centre for European Reform, speaks about new Russian security initiatives at the Valdai Club conference “Towards New Euroatlantic Security Architecture?” in London
12/14/200915:48 OSCE Secretary General Marс Perrin de Brishambaut thinks, that potentially the Russian European security proposal would also involve international organizations. He took part at the Valdai Club conference “Towards New Euroatlantic Security Architecture?” in London
12/11/200914:21 The main premise of the authors of this report is the fact that Europe is no longer the global center in the system of international relations, its political and economic power is dwindling and a number of new contestants for the global leadership have arisen in the last decades.
09/30/200913:09 The Cold War dominated the latter half of the 20th century in Europe. It was over more quickly than anybody could anticipate. Two decades have passed since the end of the Cold War, to use the original meaning of that term. In Russia, in particular, there have been voices asking whether the Cold War is really over and simultaneously calling for the creation of a new security architecture in Europe.
09/29/200909:29 Since the end of the Cold War nothing has marked the armistice between the former two military, political and ideological blocks, nor built the foundations of a new era on the continent. As nobody had declared (cold) war, nobody cared about signing its end. No peace treaty, no institution - like the League of Nations after World War I, United Nations or European Union after World War II - to inspire Europe with a new impetus, a new will, and nothing either to prove that anybody had learned from this 30-year long episode.