Valdai discussion club has presented ‘Russia Development Index 2011/2012’, which is of great academic value, and which reflects, at large, key opinions of international experts of various countries on Russia’s development.
Valdai Index (Russian Development Index) was launched in 2009 and presents international expert community’s assessment of Russia’s institutional development trends.
Xing Guangcheng, expert on Russia and professor at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, reflects on the key results of the Index for 2011-2012.
Valdai discussion club has presented ‘ Russia Development Index 2011/2012 ’, which is of great academic value, and which reflects, at large, key opinions of international experts of various countries on Russia’s development.
Judging upon the document, one can conclude that experts on Russia pointed to different trends in the development of various aspects of the development of Russia, positive and negative, optimistic and pessimistic.
Overall, ‘Russia Development Index 2011/2012’ gives the trend towards negative estimations by experts. The trend is that experts are likely to express their concern and pessimism on the future Russia’s development. Estimations of the Russian political system and economy support this negative trend. And these estimations are more and more negative. This definitely shows that this expert estimation of Russia’s political system and economy should draw a careful attention on the side of the Russian elite.
The Russian Human Dimension Index, as shown at the report, presents a curved pace of decline, - which is quite a new development. Experts gave relatively positive estimations of the Russian science and innovative development. This proves a great potential of Russia in terms of science and innovation. Experts were proactive to give optimistic estimations of Russia in the system of national, regional and global security. This proves that Russia is a strong player, and plays a prominent role in these three respective spheres. Experts were also proactive to give estimation of the Russian foreign policy, and the estimation index is rather high. And also experts were relatively active to estimate Russia’s openness to the world, although giving different opinions. This, in turn, proves that Russia has a long way to go along this road.