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Symposium 2015

Virtual Library File - Sharing the Norms and Values that Enable Global Coexistence: From the Russian Perspective

The Challenge

To manage systemic global risks, we must manage transnational challenges more effectively. The tension between the short-term popular pressures on national leaders, and the trade-offs needed to balanc ...

To manage systemic global risks, we must manage transnational challenges more effectively. The tension between the short-term popular pressures on national leaders, and the trade-offs needed to balance costs and benefits in international transactions and those with intergenerational significance, complicates collective action. Current events, from the recent global (and European) financial crises, through geopolitical challenges and the transformative effects of new technologies, to the risk of inflection points if we transgress planetary boundaries, make it clear that present arrangements are unsatisfactory.

The author elaborates on the Russian view of norms and values and argues that the normative framework that Russians have identified with has drastically changed over the last two decades from Christian morality, to secular, Soviet communism. In the absence of a full new set of norms to take over after 1990s, he highlights the current importance of sovereignty, independence, justice, and strength and the evolution of these norms in Russia's relationship to the West.