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.
03/07/201310:46 Russia’s positions in Venezuela will weaken in the long term, but considering that energy and arms cooperation will benefit both Russia and Venezuela, it will continue in the next few years. Even if the opposition comes to power, all the arms that have been supplied so far won’t be dumped – they will have to be used and serviced.
12/27/201215:51 Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club has completed the evaluation of the applications for its 2011/2012 Grants Program. Almost 100 scholars from 21 country, experts in economics, political science and international relations applied for 11 research topics ranging from the future of the Russian elites to the Arctic policies and new models of global governance.
11/12/201210:42 The majority of the Valdai Club members are western experts, who are critical about Russia’s political institutions, the role of the ruling party, and the role Vladimir Putin plays in Russia. One may notice that the situation with the national security of Russia became much better, and the same goes for Russia’s relations with neighboring countries.
11/09/201210:23 75% of the respondents said that the perception of Russia abroad has worsened, It is probably only true if you look at Europe and the United States. If people from other parts of the world were filling this survey they would not say that.
08/09/201211:12 Putin, and the conservative advisers he is currently listening to, have yet to show that they realize the scale of the political change that is taking place in Russia. It is generational. It is an awakening, and once awake people will not go back to sleep so soon.
07/12/201213:38 Russia has taken over the rotating chair of APEC in 2012 and will host this year's summit in Vladivostok in early September. Gleb Ivashentsov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Deputy Неаd of the Russian Center for APEC Studies, stresses the importance of Russia’s APEC chairmanship and assesses the prospects of this structure given the contradictions between some the member-states.
07/11/201212:04 Kim Byungki, Professor of Politics and International Relations, Founding Directing Head of International Security Policy Forum at the Graduate School of International Studies, and Vice Director at The Institute for Sustainable Development at Korea University, assesses the current situation in the Asia Pacific region and highlights Russia's role in enhancing the regional security.
07/10/201213:24 Huang Jing, Professor and Director, Center on Asia and Globalisation (CAG), Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (LKYSPP) names four prerequisites for success of the Russian efforts to integrate into Asia-Pacific region.
06/27/201208:52 The Valdai Discussion Club, the German Society for Foreign Affairs (DGAP) and the French Institute for International Relations (IFRI) celebrated the start of a joint project within the European Section of the Valdai Club with a conference “The new Eurasian Union integration process. How should the European Union react?” that was held in Berlin on June, 14-15, 2012.
06/08/201216:21 The leading Russian experts on the Middle East discussed the recent developments in the region during the presentation of the Valdai Club analytical report “Transformation in the Arab world and Russia's interests” held in Moscow on June, 8. The report summarizes and expands ideas and insights expressed by the participants of the third conference of the Valdai Club Middle East section that was held in Sochi on February 17-18.