Oleg Barabanov
Programme Director of the Valdai Discussion Club; Professor, MGIMO University; Professor, Russian Academy of Sciences

International conflicts in today’s world are not only conflicts of interests, but also conflicts of values resulting from the divisions that are underpinned by ideas, religion, ethnicity and even history. Values are becoming a factor in social mobilization and manipulation. Attempts to shield one’s own identity from strangers or foes only make these collisions worse and compromise even harder to achieve. Historical memory is becoming increasingly important as a factor in the conflicts unfolding in today’s world and as a tool used by states in the pursuit of their interests.

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