INSOR Russia: Institute of Contemporary Development
Updated August 13, 2019


European leaders on Iranian nuclear agreement

July 25, 2015

Оver 70 European political, diplomatic and military leadership figures, including Igor Yurgens, express support for the Iranian nuclear agreement. A group statement of European Leadership Network calls the July 14th agreement a sound framework for ending the crisis and urges specific actions to implement the deal by the U.S. Congress, EU countries and Iran.

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Igor Yurgens: "We are in a recession now, and soon we’ll be in a free fall"

November 19, 2014

Chairman of the Management Board of INSOR Igor Yurgens was interviewed by the newspaper Novaya Gazeta, responding to questions about the problems facing the Russian economy in light of the sanctions and plummeting oil prices.

— For the economy and business – what hurts most under the sanctions?

— The sectoral and financial sanctions. The cheap money we used to have is gone. To top it all — and it’s either another tool or pure circumstance — oil prices are dropping… The lack of options to borrow money to service debts, and the budget cuts resulting from almost a 30% oil price drop — that’s the heaviest blow to be dealt to both the budget and business. How do we get out of that? – That’s an interesting question.

Igor Yurgens: “It is impossible to turn the country back to obscurantism”

November 14, 2014

In an interview with Novaya Gazeta, INSOR Management Board Chairman Igor Yurgens takes a look at political developments on Russia in recent years and shares his views on how the crisis in Ukraine emerged.

Belgrade Meeting of Trilateral Commission

November 5, 2014

Chairman of the Management Board of the Institute of Contemporary Development Igor Yurgens took part in the work of the 38th European session of the Trilateral Commission, which was held in Belgrade October 31 – November 2.

During the meetings the discussion focused on the current state of affairs in the European Union, the Ukrainian Crisis, expansion of European integration in the Southwest Balkans, energy policy of the European Union, role of new technologies in economic progress on the whole and in infrastructure construction in particular.

Read more in the October issue of the INSOR Analytical Bulletin.

Engaging Russia: A Return to Containment?

May 16, 2014

The Trilaterial Commission posted on its public website a short version of new "Russian" report.

This report was preparing and discussing for a year. Paula Dobriansky, Andrzej Olechowski and Yukio Satoh were its authors. For the first time, Trilateral invited Russia to join as a full-fledged partner in the project, a task which was undertaken by Igor Yurgens.

The final full version will be published in the coming months in the regular series of "Triangle papers".

Trilateral Commission Conference in Washington

April 29, 2014

INSOR Management Board Chairman of Igor Yurgens took part in the work of the annual conference of the Trilateral Commission. The meeting, organized by this authoritative international platform for research and discussion which includes leading statesmen, scholars and entrepreneurs from North America, Europe and Asia, was held April 24-27 in the US capital.

The conference was addresses by US Secretary of State John Kerry. Predictably, the Ukrainian crisis occupied a significant portion of his remarks. The exasperated tone of the remarks indicates that the Geneva agreement is failing to live up to its promise.

I.Yurgens. Russian Foreign Policy and the Crisis in Ukraine

April 8, 2014

Russian Foreign Policy and the Crisis in Ukraine


By Igor Yurgens,

Igor Yurgens Takes Part in Meeting of Working Group of Trilateral Commission

March 5, 2014

A meeting of the working group tasked with preparing a report on relations between Russia and countries of the Trilateral Commission was held in Boston March 3-4. A key organizational issue was addressed at the meeting – the inclusion in the working group of Russian public and political figures. The final decision on this proposal will be made at the meeting of the Trilateral Commission on April 25 in Washington following consultations in Moscow.

The main issue on the agenda was the finalization of the outline and substantive sections of the planned report. It will include the following sections:

- the geopolitical significance of Russia

- Russia’s foreign policy

- the economic situation in Russia

- human rights and democracy in Russia

N.Maslennikov. Global Governance as a Challenge

February 24, 2014

Global Governance as a Challenge

By Nikita Maslennikov,

Institute of Contemporary Development (INSOR)

Analytical Bulletin of INSOR, #1 (20), January 2014

Centre for European Reform on the Outlook for the European Union

February 20, 2014

On February 19 in London, INSOR Management Board Chair Igor Yurgens took part in a meeting of the Advisory Board of the Centre for European Reform, of which he has been a member since 2008. Following a discussion of general business, Mario Monti, a new member of the Advisory Board and former Prime Minister of Italy (2011-2013), presented a report on the present state of affairs of the European Union. The discussion that followed touched upon the most acute challenges facing the EU ahead (including the plan of the conservative government in Great Britain to withdraw from the union) as well as the passing of the most acute phase of the economic crisis, as evidenced by the growth seen in Ireland, Greece, Spain and Great Britain, where GDP growth last year reached a 6-year high.