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January 12

The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor

09:30 – 11:00

Presentation of the book

Building 6, 3rd Floor, Hall 3

Over the last century, global poverty has largely been viewed as a technical problem that merely requires the right expert solutions. Yet all too often, experts recommend solutions that fix immediate problems without addressing the systemic political factors that created them in the first place. Further, they produce an accidental collusion with benevolent autocrats, leaving dictators with yet more power to violate the rights of the poor. 

In The Tyranny of Experts, bestselling author of The White Man’s Burden, traces the history of the fight against global poverty, showing not only how these tactics have trampled the individual freedom of the poor, but how in doing so have suppressed a vital debate about an alternative approach to solving poverty: freedom. Presenting a wealth of cutting-edge economic research, Easterly argues that only a new model of development - one predicated on respect for the individual rights of people in developing countries, that understands that unchecked state power is the problem and not the solution - will be capable of ending global poverty once and for all.

William Easterly, Director, Development Research Institute, New York University

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Governmentality: Power and Rule in Modern Society

10:00 – 11:00

Presentation of the book

Building 6, 1st Floor, Bookstore

Originally published in 1999 this exceptionally clear and lucid book quickly became the standard overview of what are now called 'governmentality studies'. 

With its emphasis on the relationship between governmentality and other key concepts drawn from Michel Foucault, such as bio-politics and sovereignty, the first edition anticipated and defined the terms of contemporary debate and analysis. In this timely second edition Mitchell Dean engages with the full textual basis of Foucault's lectures and once again provides invaluable insights into the traditions, methods and theories of political power identifying the authoritarian as well as liberal sides of governmentality. 

Every chapter has been fully revised and updated to incorporate, and respond to, new theoretical, social and political developments in the field; a new introduction surveying the state of governmentality today has also been added as well as a completely new chapter on international governmentality.

Mitchell Dean, Professor, Copenhagen Business School and Macquarie University

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The Shifts and the Shocks: What We’ve Learned – and Have Still to Learn – from the Financial Crisis

10:00 – 11:00

Presentation of the book

Building 5, 2nd Floor, Room 223

The underlying problem is that the world economy is unable to cope with the major shifts it is undergoing: rapid economic integration, competition from billions of new workers, technological revolutions, and the floods of capital across the world. These shifts have transformed relationships among economies and within them, creating new competitors, huge imbalances, and huge increases in inequality. 

With those shifts have come vast and largely unforeseen financial shocks. The breakdown of the financial system in the high-income countries of the West was a symptom of unsuccessful, incomplete, and misguided adjustments to the imbalances created by this new world. The shocks are partly the result of the financial system’s frailties, which must be remedied durably and radically. But they are also the consequence of deeper economic forces. To focus only on the financial breakdown is to mistake symptoms with causes. As important as improving the financial system is making the global economic system more stable. 

Martin Wolf, Chief Economics Commentator, The Financial Times

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Rating Results of the Association of Innovative Regions of Russia:

Innovative Business in the Regions of Russia and Rating of Innovation Development of the Regions of Russia

09:30 – 11:30

Expert Discussion - presentation

Building 5, 2nd Floor, Room 222

The ratings of conditions and results of development of high-technology businesses show in which Russian regions it is profitable to run an innovative business, and reflect the actual situation following the innovative activities in the constituents of the Russian Federation.

To make them objective and well-founded, the ratings are not based on expert assessments, but on quantitative indicators. The ratings involve evaluation of regions by individual components of the condition block and result block. This makes it possible to identify leaders in each component, and to show strengths and weaknesses in the development of each region.

Issues for Discussion:

  • Presentation and explanation of the results of the ratings
  • Application of the ratings for planning and regional development
  • Further improvement of the ratings

Moderator:
Ivan Bortnik, Adviser to the Director General, Innovation Promotion Fund

Participants:
Oleg Fomichev, State Secretary and Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
Oksana Kozlovskaya, Chairperson, Legislative Duma of the Tomsk Region
Roza Semenova, Project Supervisor, Association of Innovative Regions of Russia
Vera Barinova, Head, Center for Corporate Strategies and Firm Behavior, RANEPA
Stepan Zemtsov, Senior Research Fellow, RANEPA

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Resettlement of Peoples LLC: A Brief Guide to Understanding Contemporary Migration Crisis

18:00 – 18:30

Presentation of the book

Building 5, 2nd Floor, Room 223

The wave of illegal mass immigration in the European Union affects the lives of hundreds of millions of Europeans. As we take it extremely seriously, we will consider this explosive topic with full attention in this brief and clear book. Its main purpose is to challenge the pervasive propaganda for refugees and to show that the current mass migration is a phenomenon that is distinctly negative, fraught with huge risks for some European countries, for the situation in the EU and for the migrants themselves.

Václav Klaus, President, the Václav Klaus Institute; President, the Czech Republic (2003-2013)

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January 13

National Report on Innovations in Russia: How to Awake the Sleeping Giants?

09:30 – 11:30

Presentation

Building 5, 2nd Floor, Room 222

It’s impossible to build an innovative economy without corporations since only the effective demand of big business provided by its openness to new technologies is able to launch the “flywheel” of innovation growth. This situation is particularly evident in Russia, where the weight of large companies in the GDP is much higher than in other comparable countries, and therefore the participation of corporations in the innovation process is a critical factor. What barriers do enterprises of major fields face on the way to innovative development? How can the government help to involve big business in the innovation process? What is the reaction of  business to the latest regulatory steps in this area? The answers to these and other questions are given in the new issue of the National Report on Innovations, which will be presented at the event. 

Issues for Discussion:

  • What are the main barriers for the innovation development of major industries?
  • What steps should be taken primarily to increase the interest of business in innovation?
  • What other measures can be taken by the government?

Moderator:
Evgeny Kuznetsov, Deputy Chairman of the Board, RVC JSC

Participants:
Oleg Fomichev, State Secretary, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
Vasily Osmakov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation
Alexey Basov, Vice President, Rostelecom PJSC
Konstantin Polunin, Partner and Managing Director, BCG Moscow Office
Vladimir Kosteev, Executive Director, Innovation and R&D Directors Club
Olga Turzhanskaya, Head, QIWI Venture
Alexey Katkov, President, Sistema Venture Capital
Vadim Makhov, Founder, Bard Worldwide
Ekaterina Shapochka, Member, Expert Council under the Government of the Russian Federation; Executive Director, FORUM Analytical Center
Andrey Zyuzin, Managing Director, VEB Innovation Fund
Dmitri Ivanov, Innovation Development Director, Saturn
Andrey Bezrukov, Strategic Marketing Director, GS Group

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Russian Demographic Data Sheet 2016

15:00 – 17:00

Expert Discussion - presentation

Building 5, 2nd Floor, Room 223

The Russian demographic data sheet is the result of the joint work of RANEPA, Rosstat and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). It contains information about the current demographic situation and projection by regions of Russia until 2035.

Both traditional demographic indicators and a number of the newest demographic indicators, calculated for Russia for the first time (such as the “old-age threshold", prospective old-age dependency ratio [POADR), etc.) are reflected in this demographic data sheet.

The demographic sheet allows experts to analyze regional demographic situations in many respects, as well as to take a fresh look at the regional demographic processes in Russia. 

Issues for Discussion:

  • The results of the Russian Demographic Data Sheet 2016
  • Population projection up to 2035 by regions of Russia
  • Population differentiation of regions of Russia

Moderator:
Tatiana Maleva, Director, Institute of Social Analysis and Forecasts, RANEPA

Participants:
Sergei Scherbov, Head, International Laboratory for Demography and Human Capital, RANEPA;Deputy Director, World Population Program, IIASA
Sergei Scherbov, Head, International Laboratory for Demography and Human Capital, RANEPA; Deputy Director, World Population Program, IIASA
Pavel Kabat, Director General and CEO, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Wolfgang Lutz, Director, Wittgenstein Center; Director, the World Population Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Svetlana Nikitina, Head, Department for Population and Health Statistics, Federal State Statistics Service
Konstantin Laykam, Deputy Head, Federal Service of State Statistics
Sergey Shulgin, Deputy Head, International Laboratory of Demography and Human Capital, RANEPA
Valery Yelizarov, Head, Center for Population Studies, Lomonosov Moscow State University

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