A roundtable discussion on National Identity in the Era of Globalization: the Experience of China, Russia and other countries, organized by the Valdai Discussion Club and the School of Advanced International and Area Studies, East China Normal University was held on June 1st , 2013 in Shanghai. This roundtable opened a series of discussions aimed at developing the agenda for the 10th Anniversary Valdai Club meeting.
The influence which the burgeoning of political Islam could have on Muslims in Russia and on Russia’s relations with the new political players were the main topics of discussion at the conference of the Middle East Dialogue of the Valdai Discussion Club titled “Islam in Politics: Ideology or Pragmatism” which was held on May 14-15, 2013 in Marrakesh.
Participants in the Valdai International Discussion Club roundtable, “Russia-ASEAN relations: Regional dynamics in Southeast Asia”, spoke about new opportunities for cooperation and the prospects of economic relations between Russia and ASEAN nations. The event took place at MGIMO University on May 15, 2013.
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.
05/25/201211:23 Books about Russia is an online review service covering the most significant issues of Russia’s foreign and domestic policy, as well as historical aspects of the development of Russian society. English-language reviews of studies from around the world, which caused expert and public discussion in Russia and abroad, are posted weekly on the website.
03/01/201208:53 Vladimir Putin highlighted the need “to catch the Chinese wind in the sails of our economy” and to “work toward creating a harmonious community of economies from Lisbon to Vladivostok,” which is in line with the concept of the “Alliance of Europe” proposed by Valdai Club experts in 2010. It is logical that Russia is ready to help Europe, because the European Union is Russia’s largest trade partner and export market.
02/28/201215:05 Putin's article is not confrontational. The presidential candidate leaves enough room for cooperation and rapprochement with Western partners. It is clear from the article that Russia is pinning great hopes on relations with Asia, China in particular.
02/28/201213:53 Four mass demonstrations later, Putin's campaign is on a knife edge. He has to be elected president on the first round on Sunday. If he succeeds, most political analysts in Russia are agreed that a third term of office as president will be a transitional one. There is unlikely to be a fourth.
02/22/201213:07 Seen from Moscow, the Middle East lies on its very doorstep. With 20 million Muslims in the Northern Caucasus, Russia feels that its domestic stability is linked to developments in the Arab world, especially to the rise of Islamist parties. After a long absence, Russia is now demanding a seat for itself at the top table of Middle East affairs.
02/22/201210:27 Patrick Seale, a leading British writer on the Middle East and the author of several books about Syria and the Arab world, shares his opinion on Russia’s role in the Middle East on the sidelines of an international conference, entitled “Transformation in the Arab World and Russia’s Interests,” held on February 17-18 in the Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi.
02/22/201209:55 The cancellation of the Camp David Accords, which contains military and political obligations on both Egypt and Israel, could lead to anarchy that would be equally damaging to Egypt’s interests, thinks Andrei Baklanov, Head of International Affairs Department, Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of Russia.
02/19/201209:33 Disappointed and bewildered by Russia's continued backing of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime, several Arab dignitaries and political analysts have called on Moscow to take a clear stance and urgent action to put an end to bloodshed in Syria. Meanwhile, Russian analysts and officials have argued that Moscow's position on Syria aims to protect its statehood and undercut what Russia calls Western attempts to unseat unwanted regimes by supporting the armed opposition.