INSOR Russia: Institute of Contemporary Development
Updated June 10, 2019


INSOR participated in Riga Dialogue-2019

May 25, 2019

On May 23—24, 2019, S. Kulik took part in Riga Dialogue, an annual international high-level expert conference, held in Riga (Latvia) and organized by the Latvian Institute of International Affairs. This time it addressed “Crisis Management and Strategic Stability in the Euro-Atlantic Community”. The meeting was attended by E. Rinkēvičs, Latvian Minister for Foreign Affairs, J. Kažociņš, State Security Adviser to the President, Secretary of the National Security Council, I. Lieģis, Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia to France and former Minister of Defense, experts, diplomats, parliamentarians and high-ranking officials from a number of European countries. The Russia group included S. Rogov, Academic Director of the Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies, A.

Seminar on Russia-US-Western and Eastern Europe: Scenarios for the Development of Relations

May 23, 2019

On May 21, 2019, INSOR participated in a scenario seminar “Russia — US — Western and Eastern Europe. Scenarios for the Development of Relations”. It was organized by Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) together with Johns Hopkins University (USA) and German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP).

10th Baltic Sea Region Forum

June 1, 2017

Director for international studies of the Institute of Contemporary Development Sergey Kulik took part in the work of the 10th Baltic Sea Region Forum, which was organised at Turku School of Economics on 30 May 2017.
The theme of the 10th Forum was "Global storms and the economic development in the Baltic Sea region".

On the eve of the Forum paper on the policy of the Russian Federation in the region by Sergey Kulik  was published  on the website of the Centrum Balticum Foundation.

Russian – Western relationship crisis is increasing. How the expert union can help?

May 30, 2017

Chairman of the Management Board of the Institute of Contemporary Development Igor Yurgens and Director for international studies Sergey Kulik took part in the work of the XXII International conference the “Baltic Forum”, which was held in Riga on 27 May 2017.

Memorandum of Understanding

May 30, 2017

On 27 May 2017 in Riga, during the conference of the Baltic Forum signed a Memorandum of cooperation between the Atlantic Council (USA), the Baltic Forum (Latvia), the Institute of Contemporary Development and Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Affairs (both Russia) about cooperation and creating a Dialogue to enhance mutual understanding and to develop a road map of development of relations between Russia and the West.

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Photograph from the website of the Baltic Forum

EU and Russia’s Common Neighborhood: Shared or Contested?

April 25, 2017

Director for international studies Sergey Kulik on April 20-21 participated in Warsaw in a seminar “EU and Russia’s Common Neighborhood: Shared or Contested?”


April 5, 2017

Chairman of the Management Board of the Institute of Contemporary Development Igor Yurgens took part in the DER Advisory Board Meeting, which was held in Lech on April 2-4.

European leaders on Iranian nuclear agreement

July 25, 2015

Оver 70 European political, diplomatic and military leadership figures, including Igor Yurgens, express support for the Iranian nuclear agreement. A group statement of European Leadership Network calls the July 14th agreement a sound framework for ending the crisis and urges specific actions to implement the deal by the U.S. Congress, EU countries and Iran.

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Igor Yurgens: "We are in a recession now, and soon we’ll be in a free fall"

November 19, 2014

Chairman of the Management Board of INSOR Igor Yurgens was interviewed by the newspaper Novaya Gazeta, responding to questions about the problems facing the Russian economy in light of the sanctions and plummeting oil prices.

— For the economy and business – what hurts most under the sanctions?

— The sectoral and financial sanctions. The cheap money we used to have is gone. To top it all — and it’s either another tool or pure circumstance — oil prices are dropping… The lack of options to borrow money to service debts, and the budget cuts resulting from almost a 30% oil price drop — that’s the heaviest blow to be dealt to both the budget and business. How do we get out of that? – That’s an interesting question.

Igor Yurgens: “It is impossible to turn the country back to obscurantism”

November 14, 2014

In an interview with Novaya Gazeta, INSOR Management Board Chairman Igor Yurgens takes a look at political developments on Russia in recent years and shares his views on how the crisis in Ukraine emerged.