4th annual conference of the Middle East Dialogue of the Valdai International Discussion Club, titled “Islam in Politics: Ideology or Pragmatism?”, will take place in Marrakesh, Morocco, on May 14-15.
Issues of commonalities and differences in the Muslim communities of Russia and Canada, as well as problems of their integration into the legal frameworks of their respective countries, were the main topics of discussion at the conference Muslims in Russia, the CIS, and Canada: Cohabitation and Cooperation
The conference Muslims in Russia, the CIS, and Canada: Cohabitation and Cooperation presented by Carleton’ Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, the Department of Political Science, the Carleton Centre for the Study of Islam, and the Valdai Discussion Club is to be held on March 8, 2013 at the Carleton University, Ottawa.
The analytical report “Russia’s Economy: after Transformation, before Modernization” was prepared after discussions at the Valdai Discussion Club Summit held on October 21–22, 2012. The report incorporates many of the conclusions on Russia’s political development contained in the 2011 Valdai report “Russia Should Not Miss Its Chance: Development Scenarios”.
The Russia Development Index (Valdai Index) reflects the combined opinion of the world's leading experts on Russia as regards Russia’s political, economic, social, cultural and international performance. The annual poll aims to study changes in Russia’s development trends over a year. It is important that respondents assess not the current situation, but changes.
The analytical report “Military Reform: Toward the New Look of the Russian Army” summarizes the results of the conference of the Valdai Discussion Club Defense and Security section titled “Modernization of Russia’s Armed Forces and Cooperation in International Security” which was held on May 25-27, 2011 in Moscow.
08/11/201110:35 The global crisis has increased the risk of conducting settlement in third-country currencies, be it the dollar or the euro. To be sure, the transition to a single settlement currency has so far been impractical for technical and political reasons, but for the sake of convenience alone, this should be pursued.
07/12/201111:01 CIS countries do not consider Russia a dominant global player (although they are wary of its recent growth in strength), and again, some CIS countries are focused more on the expanses of Europe, while others are busy cementing contacts with China.
06/16/201111:59 Despite their differences, the large, diverse BRICS economies, suffering from technological underdevelopment, equally require common rules of the game that will be fundamentally different from universally imposed liberal dogmas. A growing understanding of this idea unites BRICS countries in their common development ideology counterpoising the crisis-ridden West.
06/15/201116:37 During the past decade, the world has been experiencing considerable changes. First, the center of gravity in international politics and economics is rapidly shifting from the West to the East. Although the West remains the dominant factor in the entire international community, a diverse and pluralistic wave of international development is swiftly emerging. G20, BRIC countries and the SCO are prominent elements in this process.
06/14/201111:36 Sino-Russian relations are usually wrapped in high-sounding rhetoric, but they are essentially very pragmatic. For China, Russia is a geopolitical "safe rear" and, in economic terms, a major resource base. For Russia, China is a huge market just across the border and a valuable geopolitical partner. The fundamentals of the relationship are solid and not likely to change in the short or medium term.
03/21/201109:03 Economic reintegration of former Soviet nations was the focus of a recent forum held to assess cooperation in the twenty years since the Soviet Union was succeeded by a loose confederation of former Soviet states that became known as the Commonwealth of Independent States.
01/20/201113:13 China and the United States are important economic partners. The United States and Russia are important security partners. China and Russia are committed to a multipolar world and in this sense the Sino-Russian partnership is aimed at containing the global exercise of U.S. power.
06/10/201012:19 In view of today’s rapidly changing international situation and the pressing issues of regional security and development, the SCO’s function and influence need to be further strengthened.
06/09/201011:17 The question is whether Russia and China will be able to find the right balance of interests within the SCO. The more clout the organization has, the more important it becomes to avoid any conflict of interests between Russia and China.