Russia 2020

April 2011 - September 2011
Anna Ganeva, Yana Papazova and Ivan Krastev

 On June 21-23, 2011 we conducted a Colloquium Russia 2020 at the premises of the Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue in Vienna. The purpose of the colloquium was to bring together some of the authors of the Russia 2020 volumes as well as some European and US experts on Russia to discuss the possible scenarios for the country. The aim of the discussions was to broaden the analysis conducted by the project team by taking into account new factors and developments since the publishing of the papers. The discussions were organized in two days of debates on the main fields covered already by the published papers. The third day was devoted to internal brainstorming discussion aimed to reformulate the thematic scenarios into integral ones of Russia's development through 2020.  A public event was organized in the framework of the colloquium aiming to present the Russia 2020 project to a broader Austrian audience.

This event was a step further in building scenarios for the future of Russia. The process started in autumn 2010, when the Carnegie Moscow Center gathered political analysts from Russia and abroad to discuss the outlook for Russia ten years down the road. The participants of that scenario-building exercise, each endeavoring to outline the potential for development in a given area of social, economic, or political life presented their views in two issues of Pro et Contra journal. Short versions of the studies have been presented in Vedomosty newspaper. In Vienna the participants presented the revised new versions of the papers. The themes for discussion were: Hypothesizing the Third Cycle; Economy and Political Patterns; Evolution of the Political System; Public Mindset and Civic Activism; Center-Periphery Relations; Ideology and Education;Russia and the World.

A public discussion was organized on the June 21st and Maria Lipman and Nikolay Petrov from Carnegie presented the project RUSSIA 2020.

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