Conflict and Leadership
Revision of Values, Collapse of Institutions and Decade of Survival
On September 15, the Valdai Discussion Club held an online presentation of the report “Legitimacy and Political Leadership in a New Era”. In the opening remarks, the moderator of the discussion, Andrey Sushentsov, Programme Director of the Valdai Club, noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has seriously affected the prevailing structural trends in international relations. Most of the world’s governments were forced to respond to a severe shock without preparation and are independently seeking answers to unexpected questions. In this context, it is important to understand which actions taken by the elites during the crisis proved to be the most effective, and what kind of future the post-crisis world can expect.