Within the framework of the Annual meeting, there will be meetings with Alexander Novak, Russian Deputy Prime Minister; Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister; and Maxim Oreshkin, Aide to the Russian President. Kaliningrad Region Governor Anton Alikhanov will be a speaker at one of the meeting’s sessions.
The annual Valdai Club Report “A World Without Superpowers” will be presented at the conference. This year’s report is based on the Valdai Club’s hypothesis about the inevitable oblivion of the “superpower” concept.
Russia’s changing geopolitical position and the renewal of its partnership system could not but affect the geography of those invited to the Valdai Club Annual meeting. Much more than usual, there are participants from the Middle East and the Maghreb, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the CIS. At the same time, representatives of a number of Western countries have confirmed their participation.
The foreign participants include: Ron Carlos, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela for North American Affairs, President of the Simón Bolivar Institute for Peace and Solidarity among Peoples; Tina Jennings, Research Fellow, Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies, St. Anthony’s College, Oxford University; Jeffrey Sachs, professor, director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University; Robert Legvold, Marshall D. Shulman Professor Emeritus, and Columbia Director of the Euro-Atlantic Security Institute; Kanwal Sibal, Indian Foreign Minister (2001-2002); Rahakundini Bakri Konni, Jenderal Ahmad Yani University expert, analyst in the field of defence, military and intelligence activities of Indonesia; Nelson Wong, Vice President of the Shanghai Centre for Strategic and International Studies; Kim Heungchong, President of the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP); Dayan Jayatilleka, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Ambassador to the Russian Federation (2018-2020) and many others.
The Russian participants include: Andrey Fursenko, aide to the President of the Russian Federation; Dmitry Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Centre (2008-2022), Sergey Karaganov, Professor at the Faculty of World Economy and World Politics, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Scientific Director of the Faculty of World Economy and World Politics, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Honorary Chairman of the Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy; Vitaly Naumkin, Full Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Academic Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Alexander Dynkin, President of IMEMO RAS; Andrey Bezrukov, Professor of the Department of Applied Analysis of International Problems, MGIMO, MFA of Russia; Yana Leksyutina, Professor at the Faculty of International Relations of St. Petersburg State University; Tigran Sargsyan, Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Development Bank; Anastasia Likhacheva, Dean of the Faculty of World Economy and World Politics, National Research University Higher School of Economics; Andrey Bystritskiy, Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club; Fyodor Lukyanov, Director for Research of the Valdai Discussion Club; Timofei Bordachev, Programme Director of the Valdai Discussion Club, and others.
The Valdai Discussion Club was founded in 2004. During its work, it has become an internationally recognized platform for interaction of the world’s leading experts with Russian scholars, politicians and government officials. Today the Club focuses its activities on research in the field of global political and economic processes. Over the past years, more than 1,000 representatives of the world scientific community from 84 countries have taken part in the work of the Club.
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