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.
09/10/201313:21 The Valdai Discussion Club is a liberal body. But it is above all a learning process, and thus invaluable. As long as the Valdai International Discussion Club continues with the participation of politicians from Russia and abroad, then it will remain an important channel of communication.
09/10/201310:49 The Valdai Club is an ideal expert group on Russia, featuring a very broad range of opinion. Not a single think tank in the world has such a wide array of specialists who are systematically engaged in the problems of one country and its role in the world.
09/09/201312:52 The Russian national identity – this is something that are Russians themselves. Any country, the West, China can’t influence much on the way the people and political elites define their own political identity.
09/06/201310:33 Neither society, nor the government or the intellectual elite have found any ideas to unite the nation and lead it forward. The successful restoration of the state was accompanied by the idea of “rising from our knees” and the idiocy of Russia as a “great energy power.” Later everyone became enthusiastic about modernization, but no investments were made in education or human capital.
09/05/201314:20 Russia has to formulate a new national and state identity, a foundation for its development that can fit different and sometimes contradictory criteria. Every country has its own historical myth or political interpretation of its history. And Russia’s future identity should reflect its thousand years of incredibly rich, tragic and, most important, very diverse history.
09/03/201310:01 It is better to use the current pause to work out an agenda for bilateral relations aimed at the future. Its main objective should be the limitation of growing chaos and the leadership in solving global problems. Both Russia and, even more so, the United States cannot do without each other.
08/26/201317:47 The report assesses the ongoing transformation of the Middle East and offers a forecast of future developments. The authors focus on Islam and its values as a political force in the Middle East and North Africa. The key issue is the opposition between ideology and pragmatism. The authors seek to answer the following question: “Can ideology and pragmatism coexist, or are they bound to lead to conflict and upheaval, like we are witnessing today?”
08/21/201312:39 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.
08/19/201313:54 Russian experts and international experts on Russia will meet for the 10th conference of the Valdai Discussion Club on September 16-19. The 10th anniversary meeting, Russia’s Diversity for the Modern World, will take place where the club was established – near Lake Valdai in the Novgorod Region.
08/01/201317:31 On July 31st in Moscow the Valdai Discussion Club launched the first report prepared under the auspices of the Research Grants Program of the Foundation for the Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club.