Igor Yurgens is Head of the International Directorate of the All-Union Trade Unions Confederation and the chairman of the Institute for Contemporary Development (ICD). Dr. Yurgens is also a member of the Academic Council of the Security Council of the Russian Federation and the Presidium of the Council for Foreign and Defense Policy. He is currently a professor of the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.
Friday March, 4
Panel VI: The Return of History or the End of the World? The Russian Ultimatum to the West
From the so-called ‘Wild Nineties’ to the present, Western pundits have predicted Russian collapse or decline. In some discourses, Russia has been reduced to the status of a second-rate power or a geopolitical annoyance, based on its demographics, economy, or global relevance. Russian political analysts, on the other hand, have described a decline of the West and a continuing shift toward geopolitical multipolarity, wherein Russia would regain its former status as a global power. The invasion of Ukraine brings these two points of view to a cacophonous crescendo, and it seems that only one of these voices will remain in the subsequent quiet. This concluding panel will discuss this key point of contention in light of the current aggression.
Moderator: Dr. Sandis Šrāders, Fellow, Baltic Defence College