The 18th Valdai paper focuses on the matters of Life and Death. The life and death of States.
Is the state in decline? Examining in details its way in the past the author shows how the state reacted to wars, economic collapses and other challenges. And (here is an unexpected turn) how the global climate change affects the power of states.
From the author's viewpoint, all these matters allow to find ways to counter modern threats.
The author explores the reasons why the emergencies and disasters led to the growth of state powers and capacities and analyses if the contemporary crises are fundamentally new and how they affect state power.
The author of the paper is Richard Lachmann, Professor of Sociology Department, University at Albany.