Deripaska v. Mnuchin and Gacki: Political Implications (Valdai Discussion Club)

A lawsuit is being heard by a district court in the United States, with Russian businessman Oleg Deripaska suing the US Treasury Department to lift the sanctions imposed on him. His legal complaint, filed in March 2019, named Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and OFAC Director Andrea Gacki as defendants and challenged the OFAC (US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control) decision of April 6, 2018 that put Oleg Deripaska on the so-called SDN list – the list of designated persons, writes Valdai Club Programme Director Ivan Timofeev

Why the Talk of an ‘Artic Cold War’ Is Exaggeration (Valdai Discussion Club)

Strengthening “Arctic Triangle” relations—and relations among all Arctic, near-Arctic, and non-Arctic stakeholders more generally—requires promoting possibilities where mutual interests can be developed; ensuring international laws and institutions will continue to be respected; and maintaining a peaceful and stable environment that is attractive to investors and protects indigenous communities, writes Jeremy Tasch, Professor of Geography & Environmental Planning, Towson University

Collapse of the Familiar World: The Choice Is Not Great (Valdai Discussion Club)

The coronavirus has accelerated a lot of processes, but above all it has brought about the collapse of the familiar world. It seems that soon there will be a choice between the bad and the very bad. Every time we seem to have reached the bottom, something gives way and we continue to plummet. Amid our fall, we’ve forgotten something – humanity’s potential for ideological conflict, writes Valdai Club Chairman Andrey Bystritskiy

In the Post-COVID World, We Could All Begin to Live Japanese-Style (Valdai Discussion Club)

Probably, in the post-COVID era, we will all advance (some faster and some more slowly) to the hygiene standards that have been used in Japan for a very long time. Such a development is likely to be one of the most important and positive results of our fight against the pandemics, writes Djoomart Otorbaev, Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic in 2014–2015

The G20 Has Considerable Global Responsibility in ‘More Resilience and Recovering Better’ (Valdai Discussion Club)

There are more options for cooperation in light of the European Green Deal and the Paris Agreement that one can discuss that would be beneficial for Russia and the EU, writes Klaus Milke, Chairman of the F20 Steering Group


Azerbaijani Gas: Cooperation, Partnerships and Sustainable Development (Valdai Discussion Club)

Consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic are apparently slated to last a long time, as it has sent shockwaves throughout the existing global order and economy. While many projects and economic initiatives have been put on hold for some time now, it is nevertheless reassuring to see that work on the Southern Gas Corridor is approaching final completion, writes Esmira Jafarova, Board Member of the Baku-based Center of Analysis of International Relations (AIR Center), who participates in the international conference “Global Energy and International Political Risks”, to be held by the Valdai Club and AIR Center on July 2-3

American Oligarchy Virus (Valdai Discussion Club)

This election year will bring many surprises, and the outcome of the confrontation between Trump and the Democratic elites is far from a foregone conclusion. There is no clarity as to whether a movement from the oligarchy to a strong and responsible state is possible. In the absence of leaders, and amid the steady dynamics of protests and sympathy from the establishment, the modern social upsurge may well end in strengthening the old system, writes Valdai Club expert Andrei Tsygankov

Sanctions in the Post-Pandemic World: Informal, Asymmetric, Secondary (Valdai Discussion Club)

On June 30, the Valdai Club held a presentation of its new report, titled “Post-COVID-19 Sanctions Policies: Are We in for Epidemics of Sanctions?”

The Promise of a Non-Binary World: A Japanese Perspective on the Global Corona Crisis (Valdai Discussion Club)


While progressive European intellectuals, researchers, and activists have come to champion a non-binary approach to everything (even in the controversial domain of sexuality), the glaring paradox is that European political knowledge remains deeply attached to the binary of regime type. In a time of global crises, this sort of divisive thinking hinders effective and innovative policy solutions, writes Valdai Club expert Kazushige Kobayashi

Kazushige Kobayashi


Will Global Mobility Recover After the Pandemic? (Valdai Discussion Club)

The vital need to bring tourists back is colliding with apprehensions because tourists could trigger a new wave of the epidemic. This fear could become critical for small insular countries. Thus, these countries’ plans on relaunching tourism are accompanied by serious sanitary restrictions, writes Valdai Club Programme Director Oleg Barabanov

Oleg Barabanov