A Worldviews of Aspiring Powers conference was held in Moscow, Russia, on November 11-12. The conference included research presentations by the project contributors at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) and at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Center in Moscow. MGIMO is a highly selective academic institution associated with the Russian Foreign Ministry. Approximately fifty experts attended the Carnegie event, while the MGIMO event was attended by approximately one hundred and fifty academics and students. Conference presenters included:
- Farideh Farhi (University of Hawai’i-Manoa).
- Andrew Kuchins (CSIS)
- Narushige Michishita (National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo, Japan)
- Henry Nau (GWU)
- Deepa Ollapally (GWU)
- Rajesh Rajagopalan (JNU, New Delhi, India)
- Richard Samuels (MIT)
- David Shambaugh (GWU)
- Igor Zevelev (MacArthur Foundation- Moscow, Russia)
The conference assessed, through discussions with Russian experts on the subject, the current state of the foreign policy debates in China, India, Iran, Japan, and Russia. Special emphasis was placed on the debate within Russia. Prominent practitioners of Russian foreign policy making, along with key analysts, academics, prominent journalists, and graduate students of international relations provided important insights into the subject. The conference also addressed other policy relevant issues, such as whether Moscow should regard Iran as a “good neighbor” or not, the implications of India’s rise for Russia, and whether current cooperation between Russia and China on the world stage is likely to persist in spite of their strategic rivalry in Central Asia. Moscow was an exciting location for the conference, with its long history and its location at the center of Russian political life.
Conference participants and attendees included prominent Russian experts based in key universities and think-tanks, and at prominent political parties, magazines, or newspapers. They included:
- Dr. Dmitry V. Polikanov, Deputy Head of the Central Executive Committee of the United Russia party
- Prof. Alexey Bogaturov, MGIMO First Vice-Rector
- Dr. Sergey Lunev, Chief Research Fellow, Institute of World Economy and International Relations
- Dr. Felix Yurlov, Chief Research Fellow, Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences
- Dr. Nina Mamedova, Head of the Iranian Studies Department, Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences
- Dr. Konstantin Sarkisov, the Head of Center for Japan and Northeast Asia, Institute of Contemporary International Studies, Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Dr. Mikhail Troitskiy, Associate Director, MacArthur Foundation’s Moscow Office
- Dr. Vladimir Baranovsky, Deputy Director, Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) of the Russian Academy of Sciences
- Dr. Andrey Kortunov, President New Eurasia Foundation
- Prof. Dr. Alexei Voskressenski, Dean, School of Political Affairs and Professor, Political Science and Asian Studies at MGIMO, Chef Editor, “Comparative Politics” journal
- Mr. Fyodor Lukyanov, Editor-in-Chief of the Russia in Global Affairs journal
- Dr. Dmitri Kosyrev, Political Columnist, RIA Novosti News and Information Agency.