Is there a Russia’s Grand Strategy?

The economic crisis made it impossible to think in the terms of pre-crisis priorities. The new global balance of powers is far from obvious and will certainly lead to strategic changes. Will Russia be one of the new rising global powers aligned with China, India and Brazil or it will turn out be the next pot of instability on the edge of EU?
Our aim was to understand and interpret the new Russia Grand Strategy (if any) and it’s relation to EU. On June 17-18, 2010 we gathered in Vienna a group of Russian and EU policy experts and prominent journalists for a two-day brainstorming discussion on the role of Russia in global politics. The discussion was jointly organized by the Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia, the Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue, Vienna, the European Council on Foreign Affairs, supported by the Federal Ministry of Defense and Sports, Directorate for Security Policy. The group included Alexei Malashenko, Andrew Wilson, Boris Mezhuyev, Dmitriy Suslov, Ivan Krastev, Jana Kobzova, Konstantin Remchukov, Konstantin von Eggert, Kristoffer Svendsen, Louis Francisco Martinez Montes, Mark Leonard, Nikita Kurkin,  Ruslan Kurbanov, Soli Ozel, Stephen Holmes, and Tadas Valionis
The discussion was structured in four panels: The global financial crisis and its implications on Russia’s policy; The war in Iraq, the war in Afghanistan, the Caucasus war and the consequences for Russia’s foreign policy; The rise of China and the response from Moscow to the new priorities; and How to read the new Russian military doctrine?

Period: January 2010 - June 2010
Coordinators: Anna Ganeva, Yana Papazova
Financing Organisations: Directorate for Security Policy of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence and Sport
Partners: Bruno Kriesky Forum for Inetrnatonal Dialogue, European Council on Foreign Relations
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