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.
05/23/201209:51 Europeans have given much more attention to the Caucasus lately, and because of their interest NATO also develops a greater interest, in the context not necessarily of Eastern Partnership as a model but in the EU`s efforts to deepen relations with all the countries on its periphery.
03/01/201214:55 According to Mikhail Bogdanov, Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, though the Arab Spring began a year ago, which is a rather short period in historical terms for these types of transformation, preliminary and interim results can be outlined even now.
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.
02/22/201210:18 According to Peter Harling, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon Project Director, International Crisis Group, Syria, previously an important central player n the region, became an arena where other actors, especially Turkey and Iran, can play.
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.
02/20/201214:32 Russia can play an equivalent role to balance the U.S. position on the peace process in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict as it’s getting much more into its normal position as a superpower, thinks Rami Tahboub, Assistant to the Palestine Minister of Foreign Affairs for International Economic Relations.
02/02/201209:49 About a hundred of Russian and foreign experts discussed Russia’s potential course in global politics and the world economy, and political and economic trends in the country that may influence its development in the medium term.
12/23/201115:03 Russia and the United States have failed in the efforts at bilateral energy cooperation. According to Mikhail Troitskiy, Adjunct professor at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, member of the Working Group of U.S.–Russia Relations, due to the lack of trust between Russian and the U.S. politicians and the lack of standing issues that haven’t been resolved, both countries are not enthusiastic about pushing their companies towards cooperation.
12/22/201110:03 Roderick MacFarquhar, Professor of History and Political Science at Harvard University, member of the Working Group of U.S.–Russia Relations, claims that the main collaboration between Russia and China – global politics. Both countries think that by being friendly with each other and having military cooperation they can balance United States.