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.
09/27/201311:27 Russia traditionally was a Western country, obviously with its unique way of development. Russian politicians should know that to have more harmonious relationship with the West is in the Russian national interest.
09/25/201310:23 According to former finance minister Alexei Kudrin, new government measures make the Russian pension system more complicated because the main challenges are expected in the future including the demographic decline. Now the government is trying to collect money for its immediate needs undermining the entire institution of pension savings.
09/20/201311:39 President Vladimir Putin took part in the final session of the anniversary conference of the Valdai International Discussion Club. In this video, he discusses Russia’s integration with neighboring countries.
09/19/201310:35 Former Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel spoke about the new role of the European Union. According to him, in the future, the EU should worry about the interests of its neighbors - Russia and Ukraine.
09/19/201310:33 "Today, with China’s economic rise, we have suddenly found out that in industries we are not more competitive. So we must use the advantages we have – primarily our intellectual and scientific potential"
09/18/201314:14 Respected experts on European politics spoke during the session including Former Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria Wolfgang Schuessel, former Defense minister of Germany Volker Ruehe, senator and former Prime Minister of Poland Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz, and former Prime Minister of Italy and ex-President of the European Commission Romano Prodi. Most of the participants in the discussion were optimistic about Europe’s future.
09/18/201312:07 According to Krzysztof Zanussi, the Russian law against promoting homosexuality to minors won’t be effective. Homosexuality is as old as humanity is. It’s hard to say what is propaganda and what is expression of the homosexuality. Would the law help it? The result is often counterproductive.
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.