EU after Salzburg: wrongs and rights (Valdai Discussion Club)

On September 19-20, 2018, an informal meeting of EU leaders was held in Austrian Salzburg. Three issues – migration, internal security and the consequences of Brexit- initially did not promise unity of opinions between the leaders of EU states on the announced agenda.

http://valdaiclub.com/a/highlights/eu-after-salzburg-wrongs-and-rights/

Report: Where are the Balkans heading ? A new cooperation paradigm for Russia (Valdai Discussion Club)

The modern Balkans, while still firmly rooted in the periphery and the past in many ways, are a very dynamic region. Over the last 28 years, the number of states in the region has doubled. In 1991, there were five states in the Balkans: Yugoslavia, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Albania. Today, there are between 7 and 11 countries based on varying estimates. The value of the Balkan Peninsula on the European scale has changed insofar as it is no longer a region entirely consumed by its own problems.

Russia has maintained its presence in the region for the past 300 years. It is practically impossible to imagine a scenario, where Russia withdraws from the Balkans. But it is Russia that is being eased out because other international players: a) have more to offer from an economic, military-political, cultural standpoints; b) shape their Balkan policies in a much more consistent and systemic manner; and c) are purposefully working against Russia since they have only a partial interest in Russia maintaining an uncontested presence. Therefore, given the existing foreign policy and the doubtful achievements of recent years, Russia’s role in the Balkans might be reduced to the minimum.

http://valdaiclub.com/a/reports/report-where-are-the-balkans-heading/

Blokchain and Cryptocurrencies: trends and prospects (Valdai Discussion Club)

The rapid expansion of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology have caused a great stir around the globe. While people attempt to ‘catch the last train’ making money on cryptocurrencies, states seek to respond to the challenge and benefit from these technological advances.

http://valdaiclub.com/a/reports/blokchain-and-cryptocurrencies-trends-and-prospects/

 

The BRICS summit and Russia’s renewed focus on Africa (Valdai Discussion Club)

The meeting between the Russian and South African presidents at the recent BRICS summit in Johannesburg was particularly valuable marking the birth of a new stage in bilateral relations. The course for all-out cooperation was sealed by the signing of a Joint Statement.

http://valdaiclub.com/a/highlights/brics-summit-and-russia-s-renewed-focus-on-africa/

Collision or compromise ? US-Iran standoff continues with mixed signals on both sides (Valdai Discussion Club)

It seems that although the relations between Iran and the US have undoubtedly worsened since the beginning of Trump’s presidency, at the current situation, neither Washington nor Tehran wants to enter an open confrontation.

http://valdaiclub.com/a/highlights/us-iran-standoff-continues/

Russia-Japan: expanding dialogue amid turbulent changes in Asia (Valdai Discussion Club)

Security dialogue between Tokyo and Moscow is necessary not only for bilateral relations which expect new horizons, but also significant in the context of regional and perhaps global balances.

http://valdaiclub.com/a/highlights/russia-japan-dialogue/

Prospects of russian-american relations after the summit of the Presidents of Russia and the United States. Experts discussion (Valdai Discussion Club)

On July 20, the Valdai Discussion Club hosted a discussion on the results of the summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump in Helsinki, featuring Anatoly Antonov, Russia’s ambassador to Washington.

http://valdaiclub.com/multimedia/video/russian-american-relations-after-the-summit/

 

Russia-Japan: expanding dialogue amid turbolent changes in Asia (Valdai Discussion Club)

Security dialogue between Tokyo and Moscow is necessary not only for bilateral relations which expect new horizons, but also significant in the context of regional and perhaps global balances.

http://valdaiclub.com/a/highlights/russia-japan-dialogue/

The evolution of Sino-Russian relationship: a perspective from the meeting between Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin (Valdai Discussion Club)

The Shanghai Spirit advocated by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization – mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality, mutual consultations, respect for cultural diversity and aspiration for common development takes on the key task of facilitating the “conjunction” between the Belt and Road Initiative advocated by China and Greater Eurasia Partnership advocated by Russia.

http://valdaiclub.com/a/highlights/evolution-of-sino-russian-relations/

Korea dialogues: adequate pressure to support political deals (Valdai Discussion Club)

Efforts for the optimum balance of dialogue and pressure raise the probability to convince Kim Jong-un that his tangible steps will be necessary in the talks to avoid unfavorable consequences for his regime, Hiroshi Yamazoe writes.

http://valdaiclub.com/a/highlights/korea-dialogues-adequate-pressure/