Russia will play key role in emerging world order: Alexander Lukin

He pointed out that in this present world, the influence of the Western centres of power will diminish, while that of the other centres (China, India, Brazil, etc.) will grow.
Alexander Lukin

Dr Alexander Lukin, Director, Center for East Asian and Shanghai Cooperation Organization Studies at Moscow State Institute of International Relations of the Russian Foreign Ministry (MGIMO University) said on Friday that the global transition towards a multipolar world is intertwined with Russia’s quest for its new international identity.

He was speaking at an International Conference on ‘Russia in Global Affairs: Indian and Russian Perspectives’ on November 4, 2016, organised by the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA).

While offering a Russian perspective on the emerging international order and Russia’s place in it, he described the post-bipolar world as interim and transitional – from the global dominance of the West after the end of the Cold War to a multi-polar world. He pointed out that in this present world, the influence of the Western centers of power will diminish, while that of the other centers (China, India, Brazil, etc.) will grow.

The conference was organised in conjunction with the launch of the special edition of IDSA’s journal, ‘Strategic Analysis’, entitled ‘Russia in Global Affairs’. A dozen leading Russian policy experts have contributed to the special edition, offering a comprehensive view of the structure of the new international order, major international tendencies and problems, and Russia’s place in this system. Six of the Russian contributors, all eminent professors, and practitioners, participated in the conference.

The articles discussed Russia’s approaches to international security, new factors of influence in the modern world, Russia and the system of global governance, Russia and the new economic order, Russia’s role in Eurasian integration, and its policy of pivot to Asia within the context of similar policies by other major international players.

The articles by the Russian authors are broadly divided into three clusters: The first addresses the general framework of the post-Soviet Russian foreign policy, its main achievements, and problems. The second set of articles analyses the domestic and external factors that shape Russia’s foreign and security policies. Finally, some contributors discuss the evolution of Moscow’s approaches to the main regional and international players.

Dr Lukin, the guest editor of the journal pointed out that the collection of articles is an important reflection of the main ideas, analyses, and policy proposals of Russian foreign policy thinking.

Earlier in his welcome address, Director General, IDSA, Jayant Prasad observed that Russia’s size, geopolitical location, Its natural endowment in energy and minerals, its great power tradition, and aspirations of Russia’s post-cold war generation will make Russia a key Eurasian and global power and one of the centres of the emerging, polycentric world.