The issue topics are: The Focal Model of Modernization and the Thaw on the Black Sea.
Is it inevitable for a policy of modernization to create ‘focal’ spots of development (like Skolkovo in Russia, or Shanghai in China, etc.), or should a policy of modernization seek to simultaneously effect all regions of a country equally? To what extent can the involvement of foreign experts in these processes be justified, particularly those who originate from countries with entirely different developmental histories? This issue will also look at a discussion concerning recent agreements between Russia and Ukraine over the status and placement of the Russian Navy in Sevastopol. The Newsletter presents the ideas of Ian Shapiro, a famous American political philosopher; Igor Yurgens, Chairman of the Management Board of the Institute for Modern Development; Vladimir Malyavin, Professor of Tamkang University in Taiwan, and Director of the Institute of Russian Studies; Mikhail Pogrebinskiy, Director of the Kiev Center for Political Studies and Conflict Resolution; and Timofei Bordachev, Director of the Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies. Also in the issue are the comments of Richard Sakwa, Professor of Russian and European Politics at the University of Kent, who presents his thoughts regarding the nomination of Roger Kornberg, a Nobel Prize winner, as one of the Co-Chairmen of the Scientific and Technical Board at Skolkovo.
Pax Medvedica: Medvedev’s Russia Emerges from the Defensive
Modernisation Means Inequality
Shanghai As A Focus Of Modernization
Kornberg Is Heading In The Right Direction
Will Kornberg Save Biochemistry?
Silicon Valley For Russia
Let’s ‘Level Out’ Russia
Modernization Must Be Focal
Wanted: 140 Million Modernizers
Russia Needs An Authoritarian Regime
Focal Modernization Has No Chance To Succeed
Russia and Ukraine: Is Everyone Happy?
Progress On The Black Sea Represents Serious Political Progress
The Black Sea Alliance Is A Far Outlook
Readjusting The Black Sea Area
The Fate Of Local Cultures In The Framework Of Global Communication
Basic List Of Human Rights Is Common For All