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Past Program

Apr 05 - Apr 10, 2008

Russia: The 2020 Perspective

Session 450

Abstract

The Session will bring together a high-level international contingent of foreign policy experts, business representatives, scholars, journalists, and government officials to focus on the following questions concerning Russia's future:

 

  • How will the elections shift power in Russia?
  • Will democratic developments and reforms of governance structures have taken a stronger foothold in twelve years?
  • To what extent will the Russian economy remain based on resource extraction or will it diversify and more fully integrate into the global economy?
  • What are the trends in the energy sector?
  • What are the demographic projections for Russia in 2020 and how will demographics influence Russia's national and regional identities and its immigration policies?
  • How Russia will deal with ethnic and religious challenges from Chinese influx into a Russia Far East to growing Muslim population?
  • How will Russia develop in scientific, technological, and military terms?
  • What will guide Russia's policies toward its neighboring countries, the Middle East, the Far East, Asia, the European Union and the United States?