Board of Trustees

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Vladimir Potanin (Chairman)
President, Interros Holding Company

Igor Ashurbeili
Dr. Sc. (Technology), Director General, Konstruktorskoye Buro-1 JSC

Sergey Generalov
President, Industrial Investors Group

Vladimir Yevtushenkov
Dr. Sc. (Economics), Chairman, Board of Directors, Sistema Joint Stock Financial Corporation; Member of the Russian Engineering Academy and International Academy of Communications

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Publisher's column

Russian Foreign Policy Finding New Bearings

This year will see the 25th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s breakup and the emergence of new Russia on its ruins. Time is ripe for taking stocks and mapping a road into the future.

Editor's column

Do Russia and the West really need a pseudo-ideological confrontation?

Analyst discusses possible scenarios on heels of recent SPIEF meetings.


The Week Britain Pretended It Was Ukraine (Op-Ed)

If there is anything the last two years should have taught us, it is that the unthinkable can happen — separatism, disintegration, even wars — and that it can happen very quickly.

Yes, the U.S. and Russia can cooperate to end the Syrian civil war. Here’s why.

They agree on key points. And no one wants to see the region in chaos or run by the Islamic State.

Russian Islam and the Situation in the Middle East

Islam is one of Russia’s four traditional religions – faiths with longstanding presence in the country. Unlike many European countries, where immigration contributes to the growth of the Muslim population, Russia’s Muslims are local people, long-established populations with ethnic traditions reaching centuries back.

Russia’s Turn Eastward, China’s Turn Westward: Cooperation and Conflict on the New Silk Road

The views and opinions expressed in this Paper are those of the author and do not represent the views of the Valdai Discussion Club, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

Does North Korea Have a Place in Russia’s “Turn to the East”?

What are the prospects for Russian-North Korean relations today?

U.S.-Russia Nuclear Lab-to-Lab Cooperation: Looking Back on a Quarter Century of Constructive Relations

With the latest protracted nosedive in U.S.-Russia relations, when areas of cooperation have continued to shrink, it is beneficial to reflect on historically constructive joint endeavors, such as the cooperation between the two countries’ nuclear weapon laboratories (“lab-to-lab cooperation”).

In the next issue

Water and Peace

The only strategic response to the global water challenge and international competition for water would be to improve water use efficiency by redistributing water intakes and introducing new water use technologies. Importantly, these measures do not require redistributing water flows among countries.