The Eurasian Sector of the Higher School of Economics at the annual meeting of the Valdai Club

Yury Kofner, head of the Eurasian sector of the Higher School of Economics, as a journalist took part in the XIV. annual meeting of the international discussion club “Valdai”, which was held from October 16 to 19, 2017 in Sochi and was devoted to the theme “Creative destruction: will a new world order arise from the current conflicts?”


During the four days of the forum the participants discussed political and social conflicts of the modern world and opportunities of society’s adaptation to the new factors and conditions. Through analysis of the current conflicts experts and political scientists predicted the shape of the future world. This year the Valdai meeting brought together over 130 participants from 33 countries.


As part of the Valdai Club meeting, Yuri Kofner managed to talk with a number of recognized international researchers and high-level government officials.

Together with Richard Sakwa, professor of Russian and European politics at Kent University (Great Britain), they analyzed the differences between pragmatic and classical Eurasianism were analyzed, and the concepts where a synthesis between both directions of the Eurasian thought would be possible: the preservation of the cultural and historical identities of the peoples of the world, the processes of regionalization and multipolarity.


In a conversation with Andrei Kortunov, Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council, the similarities of the philosophical themes of his recent works “From Postmodernism to Neo-Modernism, or Memories of the Future” and “False Conflict: Universalism and Identity” with the modern version of neo-classical Eurasianism were noted. Both emphasize the dichotomy of the opposing concepts of the West and Eurasia: postmodernism vs. neomodernism, ethnopluralism vs. multiculturalism, multipolarity vs. unipolarity. Mr. Kortunov agreed with the thesis that the Western political theory of liberalism after the collapse of the Soviet Union increasingly degenerated into its inversion – post-liberalism. In this connection, both discussed the role of modern Russia for the global East and the global West.


Andrei Kortunov, Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council.

Nathalie Tocci, the special adviser to the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, spoke of the challenges and prospects for the creation of a common EU – EAEU economic space.


Nathalie Tocci, the special adviser to the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

During the meeting of the Valdai Club, Yuri Kofner had the honor to interview Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan (2004 – 2014) and Nabil Fahm, Foreign Minister of Egypt (2013 – 2014), with whom he discussed issues such as the migration crisis in Europe , the destabilizing role of the United States in the Middle East, the Russian peacekeeping mission in Syria and potential cooperation of their respective countries with the Eurasian Economic Union.


Nabil Fahm, Foreign Minister of Egypt (2013-2014).


Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan (2004 – 2014).

It should be noted that all the participants in one way or another supported the participation of their regions and countries in the construction of the Greater Eurasian space of common prosperity and peace.



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