On December 7-8, the Valdai Discussion Club will host the 12th Asian Conference, titled “Russia and Asia in a Changing World Order”. The event will take place at the Club’s conference hall, at Tsvetnoy Boulevard 16/1, Moscow, Russia.
This year, the Asian Valdai conference will be held mainly in full-time format, with the participation of more than 30 experts from 10 countries (China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Pakistan, the Republic of Korea, Russia, Singapore and Vietnam). Some of the speakers will take part online.
The theme of this year’s conference is related to the transformation that the world community is going through. The international order that emerged after the end of the Cold War is over — a new one is emerging before our eyes. Asia is playing the central role in changing the global balance of power and is the main platform for global change. Today, Russia’s “turn to the East” has slowed down. However, Russia’s cooperation with the countries of the region continues to expand. Most recently, Russia’s president and prime minister took part in the ASEAN, APEC and ASEM summits.
Among the main topics to be discussed by Valdai Club experts are the “closure” of China, the establishment of the AUKUS military bloc on Asia’s periphery, the adaptation of Asian countries to new epidemiological conditions, the situation in Afghanistan, and much more. All these issues will be discussed within the following thematic blocks:
Consequences of the pandemic for the Asian region;
New Initiatives for multilateral cooperation in Asia;
Prospects for cooperation between Russia and Asia;
Regional conflicts and their impact on development and international relations in Asia.
The Asian conference of the Valdai Club will consider what real changes have occurred during the pandemic in the behaviour and development of Asian countries, as well as what Russia and Asia have to offer each other. Many international forums deliberately avoid these issues. The Club is ready to comprehensively analyse the changes that have taken place in Asia and offer its conclusions.
The foreign guests who will attended the event in person include: Dino Patti Djalal, founder of the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia, Indonesian Ambassador to the United States (2010-2013); Tsogtbaatar Damdin, Member of the Parliament of Mongolia and Head of the Mongolian Delegation at the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly; Muhammad Athar Javed, Director General and CEO of Pakistan House; and Lily Ong, TV presenter and international columnist.
The experts who will take part via video link include: Le Trung Kien, Deputy Director General of the Institute of Foreign Policy and Strategic Studies at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam; Wang Wen, Executive Dean of the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies (RDCY); Thomas Daniel, Senior Analyst in the Foreign Policy & Security Studies programme at the Institute for Strategic & International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia; Taisuke Abiru, Senior Research Fellow, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation; Nelson Wong, Vice Chairman of the Shanghai Centre for RimPac Strategic and International Studies; Andrey Lankov, professor at Seoul’s Kookmin University and others.
On the Russian side, the conference will be attended by: Andrey Bystritskiy, Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club; Fyodor Lukyanov, Research Director of the Valdai Discussion Club; Timofei Bordachev, Programme Director of the Valdai Discussion Club; Vasily Kashin, Director of the Centre for Comprehensive European and International Studies, National Research University Higher School of Economics; Yana Leksyutina, Professor, Department of American Studies, Faculty of International Relations, St. Petersburg State University; Anna Melkina, Head of the Japan Division of the Multilateral Economic Cooperation and the Special Projects Department of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation; Viktor Sumsky, leading expert of the ASEAN Centre at MGIMO University of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and others.
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