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Open newsletter – february 24, 2022

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE The technology that allowed passengers to ride elevators without an operator was tested and ready for deployment in the 1890s. But it was only after the elevator operators’ strike of 1946—which cost New York City $100 million—that automated elevators started to get installed. It took more than 50 years to persuade people that […]

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Cyber Security, Digital Transition, Technology Geopolitics & Worlds

Daily news – February 3, 2022 a.m.

AFRICA Artificial intelligence creeps on to the African Battlefield. Nathaniel Allen, Marian “Ify” Okpali, Brookings: Even as the world’s leading militaries race to adopt artificial intelligence in anticipation of future great power war, security forces in one of the world’s most conflict-prone regions are opting for a more measured approach. In Africa, AI is gradually making its […]

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Daily news – January 31, 2022 a.m. (1)

GEOPOLITICS & WORLDS Crisi russo-ucraina (e dintorni): RFE RL: Canada says it will shift its military forces in Ukraine westward and will temporarily pull out nonessential Canadian employees at its Kyiv embassy, joining other Western countries in taking precautions amid rising tensions between Ukraine and Russia. “We will continue to take all precautions necessary to […]

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Former Post-USSR (Alexander Iskandaryan, Valdai Discussion Club)

The post-Soviet space exists as long as there are disputes about it. But it is spreading and turning into a former post-Soviet space right before our eyes; before the eyes of those who still remember which countries were part of the USSR and which were not, writes Valdai Club expert Alexander Iskandaryan. Former Post-USSR — Valdai Club

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Towards the New World Order Through Crisis: Forecast for 2022 (Andrey Sushentsov, Valdai Discussion Club)

Increasing predictability of international processes, albeit on a negative basis of possible crises, might return an awareness of the value of peace and the responsibility for maintaining to world politics, writes Valdai Club Programme Director Andrey Sushentsov. Towards the New World Order Through Crisis: Forecast for 2022 — Valdai Club

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Iran’s Perceptions and Concerns of Border Tensions Between Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan (Vali Kaleji, Valdai Discussion Club)

In his article, Dr. Vali Kaleji, a Tehran-based expert on Central Asia and Caucasian Studies, believes that informing Tehran of the results of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border commission, creating a complementary agreement to clarify Article 9 of the Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire agreement for clarifying Zangezur corridor and continuing the meeting of 3 + 3 format can reduce Iran’s concerns about the border tensions between Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan and […]

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What Does Putin’s Conservatism Seek to Conserve? (Timothy Colton, Valdai Discussion Club)

Vladimir Putin is a familiar face to every Russian and to news-attentive audiences worldwide. Nonetheless, he keeps many thoughts to himself and seldom provides more than a glimpse of what goes on inside his head. He has never written memoirs. His most revealing personal interviews were in the winter of 2000, prior to his initial election as president (published in English under the title First Person). Most Western accounts of contemporary […]

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USA, Europe and Containment of China (Pascal Boniface, Valdai Discussion Club)

It’s in the interest of the European countries that Washington not take for granted an automatic solidarity in the event of war. Their interest is to avoid a new and uncontrollable escalation of tensions. The best way for the Europeans to prevent hawks from taking the lead in Washington is to tell America that their appreciation and behaviour depends on that of the US, writes Valdai Club expert Pascal Boniface. USA, Europe […]

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Neighbours and Crises: New Challenges for Russia (Timofei Bordachev, Valdai Discussion Club)

Through all the discussions that accompanied the preparation of the Valdai Club report “Space Without Borders: Russia and Its Neighbours”, the most clear question was whether Russia should or should not avoid repeating the historical experience of relations with its near abroad. This experience, in the most general terms, is that after Russia pacifies its western border with its foreign […]

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South Africa Today: Opportunities and Challenges for Foreign Policy (Alexandra Arkhangelskaya, Valdai Discussion Club)

Despite political and accelerating socio-economic uncertainties, South Africa is still a destination of leadership and the driver of economic growth in the region and on the continent, while Africa is becoming even a more attractive zone of strategic interests for old and emerging power poles South Africa Today: Opportunities and Challenges for Foreign Policy — Valdai Club

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Undemocratic Uncontrollable World (Timofei Bordachev, Valdai Discussion Club)

In the outgoing year, international politics finally got rid of all remnants of controllability, understood as the ability of states to solve the most fundamental problems within the framework of formal or informal institutions, as well as of democracy — the possibility of fair treatment of the interests of countries regardless of their power capabilities. In principle, the global changes in the balance of power, provoked by the growth of China and the West’s reaction to this, […]

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Greater Eurasia and the US-China Confrontation (Adil Kaukenov, Valdai Discussion Club)

The American-Chinese split provides a suitable groundwork for the fact, that China is interested in strengthening partnership with Russia in developing Eurasian projects. At the same time, to what extent Moscow will be able to convince Beijing to accept the “Greater Eurasia” construct as the optimal formula for regional cooperation, remains an open question, writes Adil Kaukenov, Director of China Center (Kazakhstan). Greater Eurasia and the US-China […]