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Vyacheslav Nikonov on Russian foreign policy at the "Trialogue" Club meeting

05.04.2013

MOSCOW, APRIL 5, 2013. PIR PRESS – “Today, Russia is weaker geopolitically than ever before relative to other centers of power in the modern world. Russia is surrounded on all sides by centers of power that are either stronger than Russia itself or are growing more dynamically. However, Russia is still a center of power. It may not be a hyperpower, but Russia is certainly one of the major superpowers. Under these circumstances, Russia’s position in today’s world is exceptionally important. Currently, Russia lacks global foreign policy goals and is not implementing any sort of global foreign project. Russia’s politics today are pragmatic and primarily oriented toward solving the country’s own development and security issues,” – Vyacheslav Nikonov, Chairman of the Russian State Duma Committee on Education.

On March 27, 2013, the most recent meeting of the Trialogue Club International was held in Moscow with guest speaker Vyacheslav Nikonov, chairman of the Russian State Duma Committee on Education, who presented on “Current Dynamics and Perspectives of Russian Foreign Policy: A Lawmaker and Expert’s View.”

trialogue_nikonov2.JPGIn his talk, Dr. Nikonov gave a detailed characterization of Russia’s current international status and analyzed in depth specific aspects of Russian foreign policy, including Russian-American relations; perspectives for developing intergovernmental cooperation similar to BRICS, CSTO, CIS, EurAsEC, and APEC; Russian-EU relations; and Russia’s role in solving regional security problems in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. As a representative of the Duma’s Education Committee, he also talked about his view on Russia’s potential for participation in cooperative international education projects.

Vyacheslav Nikonov characterized Russia’s current status in the international arena as such: “Today Russia is weaker geopolitically than ever before compared to other centers of power in the modern world. Russia is surrounded on all sides by centers of power that are either stronger than Russia itself or are growing more dynamically. On the other hand, Russia is still a center of power. It may not be a hyperpower, but Russia is certainly one of the major superpowers. Under these circumstances, Russia’s position in today’s world is exceptionally important. Currently, Russia lacks global foreign policy goals and is not implementing any sort of global foreign project. Russia’s politics today are pragmatic and primarily oriented toward solving the country’s own development and security issues.”

trialogue_nikonov.JPGSpeaking on current developments in Russian-American relations, Dr. Nikonov noted that “Russian-American relations will always be a high priority for the countries, considering they pose an existential threat to each other. Therefore, hard security – one of the PIR Center’s interests – will be at the center of the Russian-American dialogue for the foreseeable future. Simultaneously, the possibility of progress on further reductions in strategic offensive weapons is problematic.”

The Trialogue club’s next meeting, together with the European branch of the PIR Center, will take place in Geneva, Switzerland on April 24th, 2013. The guest speaker at the meeting will be Anatoly Antonov, Russian Deputy Minister of Defense and member of the PIR Center Advisory Board.

The Trialogue Club International meets 5 times per year and invites a Russian or foreign expert to speak on a topic directly related to Russian foreign policy. You can learn more about joining the club on our website. For further information about club membership, please get in touch with us by tel. +7 (495) 987-19-15, fax +7 (495) 987-19-14, or email trialogue at pircenter.org.

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