INSOR Russia: Institute of Contemporary Development
Updated September 26, 2019


Russian-German Discussion on the Development of the Middle Class

April 29, 2013

The Institute of Contemporary Development, German-Russian Forum, and Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration organized a conference on “The Middle Class: Historical and Sociological Issues” within the framework of Russian-German partnership in modernization under the foreign ministries of the two countries.

Experts Discuss Prospects for Petrochemical Clusters in Russia

April 25, 2013

A conference at the High Technology of ХХI–2013 Forum was devoted to the prospects for the development of oil and gas chemical clusters in the Russian Federation and the experience of member-countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The conference was organized by the Institute of Contemporary Development and Institute of Energy and Finance with financial support from the Business Council of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

Igor Yurgens and Sergei Kulik Appointed to Academic Council of Russian Security Council

April 22, 2013

INSOR’s Management Board Chairman Igor Yurgens and Director for International Development Sergey Kulik have been included on the updated Academic Council of the Security Council of the Russian Federation. The new composition of the council was confirmed by a presidential decree on April 22.

Presentation on Investment Opportunities of Primorye for Japanese Center

March 19, 2013

On March 18, at the Japanese Center in Moscow a presentation was made on the investment opportunities of the Primorsky Territory. The event was organized by the Institute of Contemporary Development and Primorye Investment Promotion Agency with support from the Japanese Embassy in Russia.

Governor of the Primorsky Territory Vladimir Miklushevsky delivered the presentation before members of the Japanese Business Club, which unites approximately 200 companies and 40 private individuals.

Seminar on US-Russian Relations Held in Washington DC

February 28, 2013


On February 26, a seminar was organized in Washington DC by the Center for The National Interest (formerly the Nixon Center) dedicated to US-Russia relations. Participants from the American side included Zbigniew Brzezinski, Dmitri Simes, Susan Eisenhower, Garry Hart, Areil Cohen, Richard Burt, Paula Dobriansky and other authoritative political figures and experts on Russia.

Participants from Russia included State Duma Deputy Vladimir Pligin, Editor-in-Chief of Nezavisimaya Gazeta Konstantin Remchukov, Director of the Institute for Democracy and Cooperation Andranik Migranyan and Head of the Institute for Contemporary Development Igor Yurgens.

INSOR Report Explores Implications of eDiplomacy in Foreign Policy

February 18, 2013

In February 2013, the Institute of Contemporary Development published a report titled eDiplomacy. The Beginning by Sergey Kulik, Director for International Studies.

The “network power” parameter has increased its role in the framework of traditional parameters of the “balance of power”. Now the need has arisen to draw the attention of the Russian political and expert communities to the potential of such new technologies, which can be engaged in meeting foreign policy challenges and objectives, in strengthening the country’s positions and image abroad.

Eternal Companions: Russia and Europe in a Changing World

February 14, 2013

A new book authored by Igor Yurgens and Sergey Kulik has been published by the Institute of Contemporary Development. It addresses such questions as what Russia’s European choice has meant in the past, what it has given Russia to date and how it could influence its future. The monograph is titles Eternal Companions: Russia and Europe in a Changing World.

The first part of the book is dedicated to the history of Russia’s relations with Europe over the course of more than 1000 years. The second part provides an extensive description of interaction between the Russian Federation and the European Union as well as individual EU members over the past decade. Particular attention is paid to the treaty and legal components of these relations.

INSOR Chairman Igor Yurgens Participates in Political Forum in Havre

February 12, 2013


INSOR Management Board Chairman Igor Yurgens delivered an address about the future of “new countries and economies” at the annual political conference organized by the newspaper Nouvel Observateur in Havre, France.

The main theme of the 2013 forum was the exit from the economic crisis and development scenarios for the world and France. The discussions participants include former French President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, ministers of the current French cabinet, major political figures, economists and representatives of the arts from Europe and North America.

A report on the conference is available here in French.


49th Munich Security Conference

February 4, 2013


Chairman of INSOR Management Board Igor Yurgens took part in the Munich Security Conference, which was held February 1-3. This annual event is a major international platform for the discussion of issues concerning security and peace throughout the world. Its guests traditionally include heads of states, foreign ministers, defense ministers, directors of major global, regional and government organizations, as well as authoritative experts.

Council of Councils Holds Second Regional Meeting in Moscow

December 14, 2012


More than two dozen experts from think tanks and foreign policy institutes around the world gathered in Moscow for the regional meeting of the Council of Councils (CoC) on “Russia, Europe and the Future of Global Governance.” The conference was held at the Marriot Grand Hotel on December 12-13 and organized by the Institute of Contemporary Development (INSOR) and Council of Foreign Relations (CFR).

The main theme of the conference was Russia’s G20 Presidency: Priorities and Goals. Other topics discussed included The Eurozone Crisis and the Future of the Global Economy, The Crisis in Syria and the Function of the UN Security Council, and Cybersecurity: What Institutional Reforms Are Needed?