INSOR Russia: Institute of Contemporary Development
Updated April 18, 2019

Speeches and Articles

Finding Strength in Weakness

January 11, 2011

The resource sectors should become the driver of innovation for Russia

Commentary by Igor Yurgens, Chairman of the Management Board of the Institute of Contemporary Development, in Rossiyskaya Gazeta

Without turning away from the priorities set a year and a half ago, today we should lay out a practical approach to Economic Modernization – Part 2, which will completely encompass and draw from our main resources and competitive advantages.

Stimulating Added Value in the Russian Oil and Gas Sector [INSOR Report]

December 21, 2010

Excerpt from the analytical report “Conditions and Prospects for Development of the Petrochemical Industry in the Russian Federation” present at INSOR on December 21, 2010. This report was produced by the Institute of Contemporary Development together with the Institute of Energy and Finance. (The full report in Russian can be viewed here.)

Authors: Vladimir Feigin (coordinator), Oleg Braginsky, Sergei Zabolotsky, Igor Kukushkin, Andrei Maevsky, Nikita Maslennikov and Yuri Rykov

Next, a NATO-Russia Strategic Concept

November 18, 2010


Published in the New York Times on November 18, 2010

NATO and Russia share more security concerns today than at any point since the Cold War. These include instability in Afghanistan and the neighboring region, escalation of regional conflicts, proliferation of WMD and missile technology, and the threats posed by terrorist networks, organized crime and other non-state actors.

In these and other areas Russia and NATO may not always have identical interests, but invariably their cooperation makes it easier to achieve important overlapping policy objectives.

5 Ways to Bring NATO and Russia Together

November 17, 2010

On November 19 in Lisbon, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation will adopt a new Strategic Concept identifying its purpose and priorities for the decade ahead.  The credibility of this exercise will be significantly boosted if a day later on November 20th, NATO and Russia can agree on a strategic concept of their own, paving the way for a genuine transformation of NATO-Russia relations – free of empty declarations and rhetorical overtures.    Such a NATO-Russia concept should foster a mutual commitment to eliminating lingering threat perceptions between Russia and all NATO states; at the same time, it should develop effective practical tools for cooperation in addressing common threats and challenges whereve

Igor Yurgens: IMF problems to be settled in a civilised way. Russia supports IMF quota reform

October 28, 2010

Chairman of the Management Board of the Institute of Contemporary Development.

Russia supports the revision of IMF quotas in accordance with the resolutions of the G-20 summit in Pittsburg, though it will not gain any immediate economic benefit from the reform. 

President Medvedev: "Relations in Europe and the Euro-Atlantic parameter of those relations is one of the most important aspects of Russian foreign policy."

October 20, 2010

Igor Yurgens, Chairman of the Management Board of the Institute of Contemporary Development, took part in the meeting of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev with participants of Munich Conference on Security Policy held in Moscow. Participants on the Russian side also included Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Presidential Aide Sergey Prikhodko, Chairman of the State Duma International Affairs Committee Konstantin Kosachev, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko and Russia’s Permanent Envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin.

Igor Yurgens: Modernization to Help Russia Preserve Its Identity

September 21, 2010

Rossiiskie Vesti published an interview with Igor Yurgens:

How shall Russia develop its relations with NATO? The Russian media quotes you as saying that Russia is to join the Alliance.

Igor Yurgens: We can establish a more elegant relationship with NATO

September 9, 2010

Igor Yurgens, Chairman of the INSOR Management Board, delivered a speech at the "Regional Systems of Global Security" section of the Global Policy Forum “The Modern State: Standards of Democracy and Criteria of Efficiency”, September 9, 2010.
Russian Federation is neither a foe of NATO nor a part of it. Today we would like to discuss the future of these relationships in the Euro-Atlantic region.

The values Lord Robinson spoke about today do not separate East from the West, there are no ideological obstacles to a closer cooperation. A number of experts, both in the Russian Federations and abroad, speak about a new stage of co-operation between the two biggest actors in the Euro-Atlantic area.

Presentation of Report “Republics of the North Caucasus: Efficiency and Consolidation of Power”

June 1, 2010

June 1, 2010 the Institute of Contemporary Development hosted a presentation of the report “Republics of the North Caucasus: Efficiency and Consolidation of Power”.

The event was organized by the Institute of Contemporary Development and the Center for Political Technologies.

The report presented by Rostislav Turovsky, Head of the Department of Regional Surveys at the Center for Political Technologies, focused on the latest efforts taken by authorities of all North Caucasian republics with the aim to foster socio-economic and political development of their regions.

Presentation of report “Energy and Sustainable Development”

April 19, 2010

The Institute of Contemporary Development hosted a presentation of the report “Energy and Sustainable Development”, which focused on the development of human potential in the Russian Federation.

The report features a detailed analysis of the most crucial issue of contemporary Russia: the development pattern of the energy sector and its impact on the human potential and a sustainable development of the country.

The report was developed by a group of independent experts at the request of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).