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.
08/11/201110:35 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.