In Russia, Talks

Russia in the World Majority

In this webinar, Russian policy makers discuss Russia’s Policy Toward World Majority Radhika Desai, Convener of IMG.

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  • 9 am US Pacific
  • 11 am US Central
  • 12 noon US Eastern
  • 4 pm London/UTC/GMT
  • 7 pm Moscow
  • 12 midnight Beijing

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About this event

Some of the most influential policy institutes in Russia have published a report, Russia’s Policy Toward World Majority which argues, inter alia, that the World is increasingly being divided into two by ‘the desire of the U.S.-led West to preserve its five-century-long hegemony, which allowed it to redistribute world wealth in its favor, impose its cultural and political principles on the whole world, on the one hand, and the striving of non-Western countries towards full-fledged sovereignty, not constrained by Western dogmas, institutions and orders, on the other.’ It also argues that Russia should side with the latter group and become ‘a force standing at the forefront of the struggle against Western hegemony not by chance but by virtue of its history and cultural and civilizational identity’.

This panel, which includes authors of the report, discusses the meaning and implication of the foreign policy path the document outlines and which the Russian government shows every sign of following.

Speakers

  • Moderator, Radhika Desai is Convener of the International Manifesto Group. She is Professor at the Department of Political Studies, and Director, Geopolitical Economy Research Group, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. She is the author of Capitalism, Coronovirus and War: A Geopolitical Economy (2022) Geopolitical Economy: After US Hegemony, Globalization and Empire (2013), Slouching Towards Ayodhya: From Congress to Hindutva in Indian Politics (2nd rev ed, 2004) and Intellectuals and Socialism: ‘Social Democrats’ and the Labour Party (1994), a New Statesman and Society Book of the Month, and editor or co-editor of Russia, Ukraine and Contemporary Imperialism, a special issue of International Critical Thought (2016), Theoretical Engagements in Geopolitical Economy (2015), Analytical Gains from Geopolitical Economy (2015), Revitalizing Marxist Theory for Today’s Capitalism (2010) and Developmental and Cultural Nationalisms (2009).She is also the author of numerous articles in Economic and Political Weekly, International Critical Thought, New Left Review, Third World Quarterly, World Review of Political Economy and other journals and in edited collections on parties, political economy, culture and nationalism.With Alan Freeman, she co-edits the Geopolitical Economy book series with Manchester University Press and the Future of Capitalism book series with Pluto Press.
  • Dmitri Trenin is a RIAC Member.  He graduated from the Military Institute (now Military University) in Moscow. Holds a Ph.D. degree in History.  He served in the Soviet and Russian army. Liaison officer in the external relations branch of the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany (Potsdam). Senior lecturer at the Military Institute. Member of the delegation at the Geneva talks on nuclear and space weapons. Senior research fellow at the NATO Defense College and fellow at the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Head of the scientific council, lead researcher and chairman of the Foreign and Security Policy program of the Carnegie Moscow Center. Since 2008, he’s been Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center. He is the author of over 10 books published in Russia, the USA, Germany, China and other countries.  His academic focus is transatlantic and Eurasian security, international relations, Russian foreign policy, geopolitics and globalization, and post-soviet Eurasia.
  • Oleg Barabanov is a programme director of the Valdai Discussion Club (since 2015), he is coordinating the professional programmes on Global Commons, Global Alternatives; Academic Director of the European Studies Institute at MGIMO University (since 2015); Professor of the Russian Academy of Sciences (since 2015). He has a Ph.D. in political science (1997). Graduate of the Faculty of History of the Lomonosov Moscow State University (1993). He is also a lecturer in the Faculty of History of the Lomonosov Moscow State University (1994–1996); Senior Research Fellow, Russian Institute for Strategic Studies (1997–2004); Associate Professor, Professor at MGIMO University (since 2000); Head of Directorate for Research Policy at MGIMO University (2005–2008); Head of Department of EU Politics at the European Studies Institute at MGIMO University (2007–2014); Professor at the Faculty of World Economics and Global Politics at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow (2009-2019). He is co-author of the Valdai Discussion Club publications on global right-wing and left-wing protests, on creating Greater Eurasia, on relations between Russia, China and the US, and on the “nuclear fears” following the Ukrainian crisis. Mr. Barabanov is the author of six research monographs.
  • Sergey Sanakoev is President of the Asia Pacific research centre, RIAC member
  • Elena Maslova has a PhD (Political Science), is Associate Professor and Senior Researcher at MGIMO University and Senior Researcher at the Institute of Europe, Russian Academy of Sciences.
  • Anastasia Likhacheva has a PhD in Political Science and is Associate Professor and Senior Researcher at MGIMO University; Senior Researcher at the Institute of Europe, Russian Academy of Sciences. She is also Dean of the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs, a leading Research Fellow at the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs and the  Centre for Comprehensive European and International Studies (CCEIS).  She is also Associate Professor and the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs and the School of International Affairs.  She has been at the HSC University since 2010.
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