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.
08/29/201210:15 If the Russians doubt that their societal organization, formed on the basis of historical processes in the old and new Russia, is an optimal one, foreign opponents will continue using every chance to emphasize the nation’s lack of self-confidence, including in areas such as litigation. The West will continue criticizing Russian institutions as long as Russia takes those criticisms seriously.
10/05/201010:12 The Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza recently published an article by Lilia Shevtsova about Putin’s “useful idiots”. This is how she refers to the participants of the Valdai Club, where Russian officials and political scientists from around the world gather to discuss Russian issues. She also criticizes the Russia-U.S. “reset” policy and Russia-EU cooperation on modernization. She even criticizes Russian Westernizers, who want Russia to turn to the West.