Dialogue in the Name of the Future-2018: Day 5. About Eurasian integration and tourism

07 December 2018

The fifth and the final day of the Dialogue in the Name of the Future-2018 began with a discussion about transformation of international leadership. Researcher at Primakov IMEMO RAS Alexey Kupriyanov was a moderator of the discussion.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia Mikhail Konarovsky stated that the U.S. was changing its strategic ties with partners because of Trump’s uncertainties. A resolution of the Afghan issue was shifting from Pakistan to India. The U.S. is also reconfiguring its positions in the Asia-Pacific region by giving up the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Observer of Kommersant Mikhail Korostikov shared with the participants of the Dialogue his thoughts about the larger Eurasian space not being so popular among Asian countries. It is often was connected with their fears to trade with Russia and because Russia cannot offer a competitive model of development for the Asian countries. Out of all countries in the region Vietnam has a free trade agreement with the EEU. However, work in that direction continues and in the future trade agreements with such countries as Israel and Singapore are planned to be signed.

Anna Kireyeva, Associate Professor at the Department of Oriental Studies of MGIMO under MFA of Russia, when speaking about cooperation between Russia and Japan, said that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was trying to improve relations with Russia as well by offering options of cooperation to the Kremlin in order to stop rapprochement between Russia and China. Here we can also mention attempts to amend rendering of certain provisions of the constitution in order to have more opportunities in the military sphere. Despite the fact that Abe met with Trump more times than with any other leader in Asia, efforts by Russia and Japan to come to a common understanding do not meet any resistance in Washington and that presents a window of opportunities for both countries.

The Dialogue in the Name of the Future-2018 will last till December 8. Among the participants are representatives of Russia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Armenia, Belarus, Serbia, Azerbaijan Moldova, USA, Montenegro, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Kyrgyzstan, France, Germany and other countries.

The Dialogue in the Name of the Future will be the first part of large-scale International Educational Project “Synthesis of Public Diplomacy and Modern Technologies as a New Trend in International Relations”, which was sponsored by the Presidential Grants Foundation. The main organizer of the project is the Primakov Center for Foreign Policy Cooperation. The Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund and the Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations RAS (IMEMO RAS) became partners of the event.

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