The State in the Middle of the 21st Century : What are the Strengths?
Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) Building 5, 5th Floor, Room 515
List of speakers

The Valdai Discussion Club and the Russian Public Opinion Research Center have launched a joint project entitled "Russia: Readiness for the Future (The Future Preparedness Index.)". The debate will become the starting point of the expert dialogue aimed to identify ideas and directions that are likely to lead the country to success with the right policies.

Today there are a variety of ratings and indicators worldwide: economic development indicators, institutions, democracy and many other indicators. All of them have one significant limitation:  development understood as merely quantitative growth does not lead to a qualitative shift from one level to another. The image of the future includes technological breakthroughs, cultural transformation, changing social relations, new governance systems and other areas, in which changes in the next 15-20 years may become decisive for our society.

The discussion will focus on possible changes in the public administration system, the strategy-setting basics, and sustainable development prospects for the country.

Issues for Discussion:    

  • What should the modern state be like to be efficient and ensure social prosperity?

  • What indicators can measure the features of such an efficient state and is such measurement possible at all?

  •  What is in the medium- and long-term role of the state in the community, and what models and scenarios are possible?


  • Fyodor Lukyanov, Academic director of the Valdai Discussion Club, Editor-in-Chief, Russia in Global Politics journal

  • Valery Fedorov, director of the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (WCIOM)


  • Andrei Frolov, Editor-in-Chief of Eksport Vooruzheniy (Arms Export) magazine

  • Alexander Filippov, Professor, the National Research University Higher School of Economics

  • Andrei Fursenko, Aide to the President of the Russian Federation 

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