Plenary Session. Turning point: Communism was Russia’s answer to the challenges of the 20th century. What can we expect in the 21st century?

Thursday, April 18th, 10:20-11:50

The 20th century was a turning point in world history: two world wars, massive scientific and technological advancement, and change in usual ways of life and political systems in most countries worldwide – often through revolution and more than once.

After the 2008-10 global crisis, everyone understands that the world will never be the same: the global economy is undergoing serious changes, and inequality and sociopolitical instability are rising. Familiar traditions and institutions are unable to answer the questions and challenges of a new era.

Just like 100 years ago, Russia faces a dilemma: is it East or West, or does it have some new path to follow? In the 20th century, Russia’s answer to global change was communism, which impacted the development of the world at large. Can Russia handle the challenges it now faces? What will be Russia’s answer to the 21st century? These questions will be offered for discussion at the panel session.

 
 
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