INSOR Russia: Institute of Contemporary Development
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Analytical Bulletin, Issue 4 (11), April 2013

April 18, 2013


The Institute of Contemporary Development has published its monthly analytical bulletin for April. The main topics of this issue are: ongoing problems of European integration; global governance and the world economy; Ukraine’s foreign policy stance between Russia and the EU; Lord Robert Skidelsky’s new book.

The annotation of Analytical Bulletin No.4 (11) can be found below. The full text of the bulletin in Russian can be found here.

Issue 4 (11), April 2013

Igor Yurgens. Once Again on the Strategic Partnership with the European Union

“The past several years, for both Russia and the European Union, have been a time of new challenges, a time for updating development agendas. This is connected to the influence of the global financial-economic crisis, the conflicting centripetal and centrifugal forces within the EU, and the end of the era of stability in Russian political life. However, not even the current dynamics can overshadow the scale and substance of cooperation between Russia and the EU, the high degree of our interdependency – economic, political and cultural.”

Igor Yurgens. A Difficult Year for Greater Europe

On the growth of euro-pessimism in society and the economic challenges as factors influencing upcoming European elections and appointments. “Europe faces a year of profound changes in its institutional development. In light of economic difficulties and mounting social tensions, the uncertainty in the further progress of European integration is a factor that presents risks not only on the continent but throughout the world as well.”

Sergey Kulik. Kyiv – between Moscow and Brussels

“Disagreement among the major international players with regard to the Ukraine’s foreign policy stance will most likely increase. The struggle here concerns changes in the balance of Kyiv’s preferences – between further progress toward European integration and a course toward reinforcing economic cooperation with Eurasian partners and structures. By all appearances, much could be settled during the course of this year…”

Nikita Maslennikov. The World Economy: Challenges Mount While Responses Are Slow in Coming

“A review of current trends gives rise to the following conclusion: everything remains too slippery in the global economy. It is not yet capable of taking off but surely capable of falling… The intertwining of old and new risks is occurring faster than we are capable of monitoring and managing them through international coordination. At the same time, coordination among the leading global powers of aims, depths and most importantly timeframes for decisions concerning tax and budget policy and the debt problem is becoming ever more important… Of no less importance is the new understanding of the limits of relaxing monetary policy and the associated risks of instable capital flows and exchange rates, as when left without oversight the ghosts of currency wars have the tendency to materialize. Most important is the monitoring of the progress and impacts of structure reforms… In short, all of this provides more rational for beginning to actually agree at least their concepts… Global Governance–2013 is in need of recharging.”

Sergey Kulik. Russia-NATO Relations and the Expert Community

“Political dialogue between Russia and NATO, burdened by a cautious atmosphere, is lagging behind practical work.” This is in part due to the deficit of expert support for our relations. It is necessary to revitalize joint analytical work, create a common expert platform devoted to “addressing emerging challenges and threats, to searching for paths to prevent or neutralize them and, finally, to develop materials for consideration by the decision-making bodies of Russia and NATO. Our relations are a ‘complicated partnership’ for which a lengthy relaxation in ‘standby mode’ is not appropriate.”

Igor Yurgens. How Much Is Enough?

On the new book by Robert and Edward Skidelsky titled How Much Is Enough? The Love of Money and the Case for a Good Life. “Outside the current ‘crisis’ context, the book by the Skidelskys would read like another talented manifesto of the modern left against the radical liberals. However, against the backdrop of ever more intensive searching for a global governance model and the exhaustion of the planets resources, this contribution to the development of discussion around the convergence project appears very interesting and significant.”