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.
09/27/201312:31 One nuance of the Valdai meetings is that, in addition to previously agreed upon topics, the agenda is always supplemented by a couple of leitmotifs dictated by current events. This year's keynotes highlighted two aspects of Russian foreign policy: the Syrian crisis and Moscow's attitude to its former Soviet satellites, particularly in the context of Eurasian integration and uneasy relations with neighboring Ukraine.
09/18/201308:16 The entire Valdai Discussion Club moved Tuesday to the newly restored Valdai Monastery, which provided a historical setting to discuss inter-religious and inter-ethnic dialogue. In the morning session, official representatives of Russia’s leading religions – Orthodox Christianity, Islam and Judaism offered their perspectives.
09/17/201313:04 The US-Russian plan to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons is an opportunity for Russia to demonstrate the role it intends to play in international relations.The Western models of democracy cannot be mechanically spread through the Middle East due to the distinctions of the region’s societies.
09/17/201312:43 According to Jomo Kwame Sundaram, assistant secretary general in the United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs, debt forgiveness for many poor countries is extremely important to allow them to have a new start.
09/17/201308:24 Russian officials, opposition leaders and pundits wrestled on Monday with the disjuncture between the country’s capital and its far-flung provinces at an international conference, where two erstwhile political rivals from the mineral-rich Urals region surprised observers by publicly settling their differences.
09/12/201318:04 Over 200 Russian and foreign pundits, thinkers and politicians, including President Vladimir Putin, are due to meet next week in northwestern Russia to discuss the country’s role in the modern world.
09/12/201314:28 Russian experts and international experts on Russia will meet for the 10th conference of the Valdai Discussion Club on September 16-19 near Lake Valdai in the Novgorod Region. On the eve of the meeting organizers of the Valdai Club recall the discussions of the past 10 years.
09/11/201312:34 If there comes a time when Russians want to live in Russia, or people in other countries want to live as people in Russia live, this will mean that Russia has become the most influential country in the world. And no American, European, Chinese or Arab model will equal it.
09/11/201310:35 If you believe that the modern Russia is the product of the thousand-year history of the Russian people, it follows automatically that Russia is part of Europe. If you say that Russia is a melting pot for everyone, Russia should be considered a Eurasian country – not quite Europe and not quite Asia. Today’s Russia could be compared to Portugal if it had kept Brazil, or Britain if it still possessed North America.