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Analytical Bulletin, Issue 5, October 2012

November 14, 2012


The Institute of Contemporary Development has published its fifth analytical bulletin in 2012. The main themes of the issue are Russia’s upcoming presidency of the G20, financial risks of the global economy and the G20 agenda, Chinese investment in the EU, and extra-regional players in the Arctic.

Below are summaries of the articles and the full bulletin in Russian can be found here.

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Igor Yurgens. Looking Ahead to Russia’s G20 Presidency

Igor Yurgens on Voice of Russia

August 2, 2012

Igor Yurgens on Voice of Russia


Below are excerpts from an interview with INSOR Management Board Chairman Igor Yurgens on the radio station Voice of Russia. The program (Vis-à-vis the World) was hosted by Armen Oganesyan and broadcast on July 31, 2012.


Igor Yurgens: I have dedicated four years to INSOR. It was conceived as one of the analytical think tanks of President Medvedev, and that’s what it became. But then Dmitry Medvedev, as we all know, changed positions.


Warning, Turbulence Ahead

May 28, 2012

Chairman of the Management Board of the Institute of Contemporary Development Igor Yurgens sat for an interview with the Latvian newspaper Chas.


What did Medvedev accomplish?


- The Institute of Contemporary Development is often called Dmitry Medvedev’s think tank. How would you assess the four years of his presidency?


- Positively. Substantial progress was made in foreign relations, the reset with the United States, improvement of relations with Poland, restoration of relations with NATO and participation in the important Lisbon NATO summit in 2010.


New Powers and the Status Quo

April 18, 2012

INSOR Management Board Chairman Igor Yurgens penned an op-ed for Nezavisimaya Gazeta, commenting on the main items of the agenda of the Council of Councils, a new organization bringing together analytical centers from around the world to discuss issues of global importance.

Igor Yurgens: “Progress is possible, but public dialogue is prerequisite.”

March 12, 2012

The online foreign affairs journal The National Interest published an opinion piece by INSOR Management Board Chairman Igor Yurgens on the outcome of the recent presidential elections in Russia and what this means for Russia’s future.

INSOR Chairman Suggests Institution of Vice Presidency Might Be Appropriate for Russia

February 6, 2012

In an article published in Izvestiya on Monday, February 6, INSOR Management Chairman Igor Yurgens remarked that the institution of a vice president might be a welcome improvement to the Russian political system. It would make the political system more stable and could perhaps be offered to Dmitry Medvedev, Yurgens suggested, to ensure follow-up on long-promised reforms of the legislative and judicial systems.

The Third Democratic: The Baggage We Take to the Next Revolution

January 26, 2012

In an opinion piece for the newspaper Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Igor Yurgens reflects on the failures of previous attempts to liberalize the political system of Russia and writes about the challenges facing today’s pro-democracy forces.

Democrats should make makes sacrifices

Don’t sit in blogs but rather make a concerted effort to build a new party

No Simple Solutions

December 22, 2011

The future requires more than simple solutions. The authorities, both today’s and tomorrow’s, lack an integrated strategy

The title of INSOR’s report Attaining the Future published last April as it now turns out precisely reflected the main demand of Russian society as expressed in the recent elections: it not only wants to know its future, it also wants to influence how and where the authorities are directing it. The problem here lies in the fact that the authorities neither wanted to nor were able to sense and hear this.

BRICS Coming to the Rescue

November 4, 2011

The leaders of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India China and South America) met during the G20 summit and agreed to develop a consolidated position with regard to the economic situation in the European Union and a plan for overcoming the debt crisis.

Georgy Panin of Rossiyskaya Gazeta spoke with Nikita Maslennikov, an advisor of the Institute of Contemporary Development, about the steps that the BRICS could take to help the eurozone.

Igor Yurgens: The Lobby of Conservatives and Stabilizers Proved Stronger and Large

October 18, 2011

Igor Yurgens, chairman of the Management Board of the Institute of Contemporary Development (INSOR), talked with Kommersant’s commentator Viktor Khamrayev about why progressive forces lost to the conservatives. The interview was published in the newspaper on October 18.

— So then, the game has itself played out. The outcome of the elections, both the Duma and presidential, is quite obvious. The results are predetermined. We just have to wait until voting day so that Russians can add the finishing touches.