Russia and Global Security Risks
Valdai Club to Discuss Global Partnerships in an Era of Deepening Uncertainty
List of speakers

On July 22 at 4:00 PM Moscow time (GTM+3), the Valdai Discussion Club will hold an online presentation of the new Valdai Club report: “The Future of Translateral World Order. Rethinking Global Partnerships in the Era of Deepening Uncertainty”.

The modern world is experiencing another wave of ideological polarisation. The “Collective West” is trying to actualise the identity of its community of democratic states by opposing “autocracies”, targeting Russia and China specifically.

Usually stable coalitions are made up of like-minded people who share common values. Differences in values, cultures and political structures should impede the creation of such coalitions. However, the reality of international relations is more complex. History knows many cases of effective coalitions consisting of completely dissimilar players.

It seems that the next stage of competition between such coalitions is starting now. Japanese researcher Kazushige Kobayashi has coined the term “translateralism” to describe the phenomenon of “motley” coalitions. In the new Valdai Club report, he presents examples of such a coalition game in the politics of China, Japan, India and Russia.

What will be the future of political alliances in international relations? What are the manifestations of translateralism today? How does the phenomenon of translateralism affect the behaviour of international players? These and other issues will be addressed by the participants of the online presentation.


  • Kazushige Kobayashi, Research Fellow, Centre for Conflict Research, Development and Peace Building, Institute for International Research and Development, Switzerland, PhD in International Relations and Political Science (author of the report);

  • Nivedita Kapoor, Associate Research Fellow, Strategic Research Programme, Observer Research Foundation;

  • Tatyana Zonova, Professor at the Department of Diplomacy, MGIMO, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia;

  • Anna Kireeva, Associate Professor of the Department of Oriental Studies, Research Fellow at the Centre for Comprehensive Sinology and Regional Projects of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia.


  • Ivan Timofeev, Programme Director of the Valdai Discussion Club.

Working languages: Russian, English.

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