Plummeting oil prices, threats from the Middle East and rapprochement with the West top the list of Russian geopolitical challenges in 2016.

Video by Vladimir Stakheev

The annual Gaidar Forum 2016 was held last week in Moscow. Traditionally hosted by the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), the Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy and the Yegor Gaidar Foundation, this year the topic of the conference was “Russia and the World: Looking To the Future.” As in prior years, the forum gathered together prominent scholars, experts and practitioners, making the event an outstanding platform for insightful discussions.

On the sidelines of Gaidar Forum 2016, Russia Direct approached prominent international and Russian scholars and asked them about the most important geopolitical challenges facing Russia in 2016.

This RD Insight features:                                      

- Robin Lewis, Director of the Master of Global Public Policy Program at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA);

- Andrei Kolesnikov, Chair of the Russian Domestic Politics and Political Institutions Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center;

- Cynthia Roberts, Professor at City University Of New York and Columbia University;

- Timothy Colton, Chair of the Government Department at Harvard University;

- Zhe Sun, Professor at Tsinghua University and the China Initiative, Senior Research Adjunct at Columbia University;

- Leonid Gozman, Democratic activist and fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy;

- Fyodor Lukyanov, Head of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy;

- Andrei Kortunov, General Director of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC);

- Nikolai Petrov, Professor at the Higher School of Economics (HSE).