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.
09/16/201308:45 The tenth meeting of the club will take place on September 16-19 in the Novgorod Region, on the banks of Lake Valdai, from which the club gets its name. The topic of the anniversary meeting is Russia’s Diversity for the Modern World. It will be attended by more than 200 experts, politicians, scholars and public figures from 34 countries.
09/13/201311:24 Russia is searching for a path into the modern world because it wants to be a modern state and to play a leading role in the global economy. On the one hand, Russia is looking for the goals and ways to become a modern and strong state, economically strong. But on the other hand, it does not want to become part of the West.
09/12/201314:28 Russian experts and international experts on Russia will meet for the 10th conference of the Valdai Discussion Club on September 16-19 near Lake Valdai in the Novgorod Region. On the eve of the meeting organizers of the Valdai Club recall the discussions of the past 10 years.
09/12/201311:28 I believe that the Valdai Club can continue to make progress, benefitting not only experts but also national leaders, because it is a very good opportunity and a platform with a comfortable atmosphere. You can address your questions to the presidents and other Russian leaders openly and directly.
09/11/201311:52 Over the past ten years, the understanding of the logic behind Russia’s actions has greatly improved in the global expert community thanks to Valdai Club’s activities. When political analysts, experts and political journalists get an opportunity to talk with global politicians, they get a chance to receive firsthand information.
09/09/201313:19 The Valdai Club meetings have been tremendously interesting for all of the foreign participants, and for the Russian participants too. We’ve learned a great deal from our discussions with our Russian counterparts. The first half of the meeting was discussion on different things – we’ve talked about energy, we’ve talked about history, national identity, different forms of government. And on the second half we’ve been privileged to meet key opinion makers.
11/21/201210:59 All great crises generated great ideas, but recent crisis of 2008-2010 did not give anything new. It created some vacuum and a serious challenge for economic science and political leaders to generate new agenda regarding economic policy, says Andrey Klepach, deputy minister of the economic development of the Russian Federation.
11/20/201212:18 The key to Russia's growth is inspiration through a growth in productivity, that requires significant reforms and capital influence, says Yaroslav Lisovolik, Head of Research and Member of the Management Board, Deutsche Bank Russia.