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Alexey Ivanov at the Assembly of the Council of External and Defence Policy

On November 28 in Moscow a session of the Council of External and Defence Policy was held. Director of the Institute Alexey Ivanov participated at the first session, 'Reserves, Platforms, Freelance Action, to discuss the role of Russia in the new global dynamics.

The Nobel Prize in Economics last year went to Jean Tyrole, who enriched science with the notion of competition platforms. A new era, he said, is first of all where there is competition between standards, networks, platforms, and not products. In different parts of the world we see the formation of normative systems that evidence the presence of the new standard. The US increases integration with the Asia-Pacific region and Europe on the basis of its norms through transoceanic partnership. China is building a network of trust along the line of the Great Silk Road. All this, on the one hand, exists in terms of the changes of the world situation, above all in terms of mineral resources, while on the other hand, there is a sharp increase in the level of conflict in the world, which, apparently, is on the brink of a succession of local wars involving large countries.
 
How well do we understand the tools that will be used by competitors — not only military-political but also legal, and economic? What is the role of Russia in these processes? Are we satisfied with the dynamic of commodity reserves, waiting for growth in energy prices? What is our platform or where do we fit on the plaftorms of others? Should Russia can act as a 'freelancer' in the new world of intensifying competition platforms? Is our willingness to take risks a competitive advantage or will such 'radicalism' soon not be needed?