The State in the Middle of the 21st Century : What are the Strengths?

January 13, 2017, 17:30 – 19:30, Building 5, 5th Floor, Room 515

The Valdai Club and the Russian Public Opinion Research Center have launched the project entitled “Russia: Readiness for the Future”(Post-Modernity Index). The debate will become the starting point of an expert dialogue aimed at identifying ideas and directions that are likely to lead the country to success with the right policies. 

Today there are a variety of ratings and indicators worldwide: economic development indicators, institutions, democracy, and many other indicators. All of them have one significant limitation:  development understood as merely quantitative growth does not lead to a qualitative shift from one level to another. The image of the future includes technological breakthroughs, cultural transformation, changing social relations, new governance systems and other areas, in which changes in the next 15-20 years may become decisive for our society.

The discussion will focus on possible changes in the public administration system, the strategy-setting basics, and sustainable development prospects for the country.

Issues for Discussion

  • What should the modern state be like to be efficient and ensure social prosperity?
  • What indicators can measure the features of an efficient state and is such measurement possible at all?
  • What is in the medium- and long-term role of the state in the community, and what models and scenarios are possible?


  • Fedor Lukyanov
    Fedor Lukyanov

    Editor-in-Chief, Russia in Global Politics Magazine

  • Valeriy Fedorov
    Valeriy Fedorov

    General Director, the Russian Public Opinion Research Center