INSOR Russia: Institute of Contemporary Development
Updated June 28, 2019

Speeches and Articles

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).

Presentation of Report on Russia’s Economic Interests and Goals in the CIS

March 4, 2010

The Institute of Contemporary Development hosted a press conference marking a publication of the report "Russia’s Economic Interests and Goals in the CIS”.

The report was presented by Chairman of the Institute's Board Igor Yurgens and Director for International Development Sergey Kulik.

INSOR Presents Report "Russia in the 21st Century: Vision for the Future"

February 18, 2010

The Institute of Contemporary Development has published its most recent report in Russian and English

Россия XXI века: образ желаемого завтра (Russian Version)

Russia in the 21st century: Vision for the future (English version)

Igor Yurgens: From the Vertical to the Horizontal – Modernization can not be postponed, even if the crisis continues for another few years

November 24, 2009

These comments were published in Rossiyskaya Gazeta Recently journalists have asked me whether it would be better to deal with the crisis first and then focus on modernization, or even whether it would be better to refrain from overextending our resources all together. It is, of course, logical to tackle issues step by step. The Ministry of Economic Development expects the economy to grow by 3% in 2010. The implication is therefore that we can start the mass modernization of the economy in 2011-2012. Unfortunately, we do not have time for such formalities – either practically or politically. While observing the audience at the Kremlin’s Georgievsky Hall during the presidential address, I noticed many skeptical expressions.

Igor Yurgens: President Medvedev's Address Was a “Message to the Thinking”

November 13, 2009

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

The President made clear what he means by Russia’s modernization

My impressions from the address are very positive. It was a profound, well thought-through address aimed at explaining the meaning of modernization as we are all asking ourselves this question and each sees it differently.

INSOR Presents Report: “The Russian Economy: From Crisis to Modernization”

September 18, 2009

The Institute of Contemporary Development released its report “The Russian Economy: From Crisis to Modernization” on September 18.

The report was presented by its authors: INSOR Chairman Igor Yurgens, INSOR Management Board Member and Head of Department for Social-Economic Development Issues Evgeny Gontmakher, and INSOR advicors Nikita Maslennikov and Andrei Blokhin.

Igor Yurgens: Modernization’s success depends on the extent to which the Russian government manages to handle two functions at once: that of “strategic reformer” and “arbiter.”

September 10, 2009

If Russia fails to begin its modernization today, then tomorrow it risks becoming a third-world country.

The bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers is considered to mark the start of the world financial crisis, which later turned into a global economic crisis.

It was officially announced on September 15, 2008. New sentiments began to gain momentum in the world economy. There were times when it seemed that the “snowballing” crisis would not slow down any time soon.
Nearly a year has passed. In mid-August, chief IMF economist Olivier Blanchard declared that the economic recovery had begun, but that it would not be simple: “The crisis has left deep scars, which will affect both supply and demand for many years to come.”

Life is coming back…