Dialogue in the Name of the Future: Day 3

25 October 2019

The third day of the Dialogue in the Name of the Future began with a discussion about trends of development of the post-Soviet countries. The conversation included certain issues of national and foreign policies of the countries in Central Asia, problems and prospects of the Eurasian Economic Union, and relations between the countries of the Caucasus region. Senior researcher of the Center for Post-Soviet Studies a MGIMO under MFA of Russia Yulia Nikitina was moderating the panel discussion.

Dmitry Lortkipanidze, Executive Director of the Primakov Russian-Georgian Public Center:

“Absence of official trade missions has not become an obstacle for economic relations between Russia and Georgia. We can observe an impressive level of interpenetration in the area of economy.”

Kubat Rakhimov, Advisor to the Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan:

“Despite different opinions, the region of Central Asia will not lose its stability. The countries will continue their development and strengthening of relations with other countries. The interpenetration level depends on personal connections. A relatively true picture is built upon subjective points of view of individuals, that is why communication on a personal level is so important.”

During the discussion Alexey Maslov, Professor of the School of Oriental Studies at Higher School of Economics made a report on “Global Management – from the “Primakov’s Doctrine” to New Institutions of the Multipolar World”:

“China is never guided by political factors and follows its own agenda. Despite a popular opinion about friendship between Russia and China, our country is not a priority trade partner or an investment territory for China. A share of the U.S. in the foreign trade turnover of China in 2018 was 14%, the European Union – 15%, and the ASEAN countries – 13%. The Russia’s share was 2.3%. However, cooperation between our countries is actively developing and represents a distribution of forces – economic offers from China and Russia’s capabilities in the military industry.”

Senior researcher at Primakov IMEMO RAS Aleksey Kupriyanov was a moderator and a speaker of the panel discussion.

After lunch the participants discussed global conflicts and Russia’s perspectives on them. The discussion was opened by Alexey Fenenko, Academic Secretary of the Department of International Security of the Faculty of World Politics at Lomonosov Moscow State University. During his presentation he told about a “new medieval age” of international relations:

“Types of modern global conflicts appeared from the cold war and developed already in the beginning of the 1960s. However, at the same time new types of military conflicts are emerging: a war as a punishment for a certain decision, or a war of sanctions, which strikes well, for example, at economy.”

Senior researcher at the MGIMO Institute of International Studies Sergey Markedonov was moderating the panel discussion. He also made a presentation on “Conflicts in the Post-Soviet Space and Approaches of Russia”. 

"Conflicts in the post-Soviet space differ in their intensity. Each of them has a various extent of involvement of external players. In the EU institutions and NATO different members are ready to react differently to the conflicts. Russia’s approaches to the conflicts have not been the same and they have been changing. Those changes were not dictated by irrational reasons, but multiple factors, which included national affairs of Russia, bilateral and multilateral agendas.”

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