The Valdai International Discussion Club


 The Valdai Club is an international framework for the leading experts from around the world to debate on Russia and its role in the world. It was established in 2004 by the Russian news and Information Agency “RIA Novosti”, the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy and Russia Profile magazine. The club’s mission is to create an international framework, where representatives for the Russian elite could debate on the development of the country and its role in the world with leading foreign experts.

The club’s main goals are to:

  • create an international venue where foreign experts  could receive information about Russia and Russian society from reliable sources;
  • demonstrate the diversity of social and political views on key issues in domestic and foreign policies;
  • give international experts an opportunity to meet with top Russian leaders.

The club unites leading foreign experts and journalists who analyze Russia’s politics, economy and culture. Permanent international members form the club’s backbone. Different foreign experts are invited every year. Russian members include political scientists, economists, journalists, public figures and policymakers with different views on events in Russia and abroad, and also representatives of executive and legislative power.

Higher School of Economics

logo-vsheCGPM has an active working relationship with the Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow, Russia. HSE is consistently ranked as one of Russia’s top universities, and is leading educator in the social sciences and economics studies in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. HSE offers a wide variety of degree programs ranging from post-secondary to doctoral studies. The university also offers a variety of summer courses on topics including politics and international relations, history, culture, Russian studies and Russian as a second language, which are highly attractive to international and domestic students; more information is available here. To visit the HSE website please click here.

University of Central Asia

Screenshot 2014-01-25 15.52.16  The University of Central Asia (UCA) works in close cooperation with CGPM. UCA “is comprised of the School of Professional and Continuing Education (the first operational division of the University); and the School of Arts and Sciences (undergraduate), and the Graduate School of Development that will be launched when the three campuses are built in Khorog (Tajikistan), Naryn (Kyrgyz Republic) , and Tekeli (Kazakhstan). The University provides three additional initiatives to build teaching and scholarly capacity in the region through its Central Asian Faculty Development Programme, the Aga Khan Humanities Project, and Research Programme “. In 2011, UCA also established the Institute of Public Policy Administration (IPPA). More information on UCA and its research areas and projects can be found here.

Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies

Screenshot 2014-01-25 15.45.34 CPGM is pleased to have an ongoing working relationship with the Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies (QFIS). Located in the capital city of Doha QFIS , “was established to achieve intellectual plurality that emphasizes the richness and diversity of the Islamic heritage under the umbrella of Hamad Bin Khalifa University”. The department offers a variety of masters programs including an M.A. in Public Policy in Islam. For more information on all degree programs, faculty research, and opportunities for international students please click here.