On 30 January 2018 the Institute for Economic Strategies, the basic partner of Globethics.net in Russia held a round table event on The Problems of Interethnic and Intercultural Communication of the Peoples from Eurasian Space ‘Centuries Together'.
The main topics of the discussion included genetic, socio-cultural and economic fundamentals of Eurasian integration; cultural policy in the post-Soviet states; identity, values, criteria of the Eurasian civilization; addressing ethics in intercultural interaction; the role of non-governmental organisations in the processes of Eurasian integration; peoples friendship during the Great Patriotic War; preserving historical memory within the framework of interethnic communication; dynamics of the Russian language diffusion in everyday communication among the population of the Northern Eurasia countries and others
The moderators of the roundtable were Dr. Alexander Ageev, head Globethics.net Russia
, director of the Pitirim Sorokin-Nikolay Kondratyev International Institute; and Arsen Melitonyan, chairman of the ANCO Narodny Archive, deputy chairman of the Committee on international humanitarian cooperation of the Eurasian Economic Cooperation Organisation, secretary of the board of the RF Union of Writers.
Opening the round table, A. Melitonyan noted the importance of the event and outlined the project's priority aspirations: interethnic accordance of the Eurasian peoples, dialogue and revealing new opportunities through mutual enrichment of self-valuable cultures, generalization and systematization of positive experience of Russian integration for building constructive international relations in the Eurasian space.
Participants of the round table ‘Centuries together' were welcomed by:
- Т.А. Mansurov, Director General of the Eurasian Development Center, former Secretary General of EurAsEC, Doctor of Economic and Political Sciences;
- on behalf of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kyrgyz Republic B.I. Otunbayev - the Embassy First Secretary A.T. Akunov.
Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation on issues of regional economic integration, S.Y. Glazyev, noted in his plenary report that, despite successes and achievements in the economic sphere, such fundamental issue like general development strategy of the EAEU, remains behind the scenes and without it the combination of competitive advantages does not quite develop. Pure economic criteria are not enough for long-term success of integration. Socio-cultural questions for Eurasian integration have no less, and perhaps even more importance than economic ones.
A.G. Dugin, Honorary Professor of the Eurasian National University after L.N. Gumilev and Tehran University, visiting professor of the Southern Federal University, noted that the Eurasian Union is more than an economy, and suggested to concentrate on those criteria that may serve as additional grounds for Eurasian unity. Eurasian integration lacks one dimension - theoretical depth, and as the consequence of this is lacking initiatives in integration at the level of education, culture, the overall model.
I.V. Zadorin, head of the ‘ZIRCON' research group, director of the International Research Agency ‘Eurasian Monitor', spoke about the sociological research on ‘Dynamics of the Russian language diffusion in everyday communication among the population of the Northern Eurasia countries'. According to preliminary expert assessment, the most important aspect of humanitarian cooperation has become preservation of a single language space, and on the second place was interaction in the field of migration. Communication between ordinary citizens is considered to be more personally important than institutional interaction.
A.A. Melitonyan, Chairman of the Board of ANCO Narodny Archive, Deputy Chairman of the Committee for International Humanitarian Cooperation of the Eurasian Economic Cooperation Organisation, Secretary of the Board of the RF Union of Writers, spoke about Internet projects of the ANO Narodny Arkhive as tools for preserving historical memory within the framework of interethnic communication.
In the form of online participation in the round table participants heard reports of I.Z. Iskakov, rector of the University at the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of the EAEU (St. Petersburg), and D.A. Lanin, director of the Eurasian Integration center of this university. Training of students from the EAEU countries in Russia has acquired a well-grounded interpretation as a task of national importance. The inevitability of a reset in the field of cultural policy in the post-Soviet space was argued.
Helen Clement-Pitio, an economics researcher at the Center for Industrialization Models Study at the Higher School of Social Sciences in Paris, France, shared her 50-year experience of working with young people in France.
A.I. Ageev spoke about the perceptions and understandings of the underlying events. The deepest conflict is an ontological one. The main question is compatibility of the world's pictures. Only after having perceived the many voices of life, one can take the right decision. When we find a common ontology, only then will the ‘Centuries Together' movement move forward.
D.A. Mityaev, Project Manager, Executive Director of the ANCO ‘IISK', drew attention to the fact that Russia has always been for Eurasia ‘an empire on the contrary' - a Roman type, but not akin to the trade Anglo-Saxon empires. Today the situation has become more acute, the process of dehumanization is intensifying in the battle of empires. The second thesis put forth by the speaker was that it's the civilizations that survive who are capable of integrating values.
M.I. Gelvanovsky, head of the World Economics Department at the Economics Faculty of the Institute of Economics, Management and Law of the RSUH, general director of the National Institute of Development at the RAS Division of Social Sciences, noted that we should consider integration from the perspective of strategic competitive advantages.
Y.V. Yakovets, president of ANCO ‘IISK', the Project expert, invited participants of the round table to interact with the Yalta Club on ‘One belt - one way' initiative. He told about activities of ANCO ‘IISK' in the field of integration and partnership of civilizations and about creation of Pitirim Sorokin's virtual museum.
As a result of the round table, the Resolution was adopted by the participants.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the Assembly of the Peoples of Russia and Eurasia, RAMS, the RAS Institute of Economic Forecasting, the CSTO Academy, the Finance University under the Government of the Russian Federation, Bauman Moscow State Technical University, OOO ‘METR', ‘Russian Encyclopedia' publishing house and other organisations.
For more information, visit the official website of the Project: http://www.eurasian-sp.ru