The special guests of the first discussion within the Meeting was Fyodor Lukyanov, Editor-in-Chief of Russia in Global Affairs magazine @ru_global, Chairman of the Presidium of the Council for Foreign and Defense Policy. In his opinion, «Russia's special military operation in Ukraine was that last drop that contributed to the avalanche of systemic contradictions. It was a long time coming after the Cold War and was based on the West's incapacity to fulfill its role of a full-fledged and effective hegemony. Hegemony, if it were possible, is by far not the worst form of global governance. But, it is non-achievable».
A multipolar world, first mentioned by Yevgeny Maksimovich Primakov, does not imply a world of balance but a world of chaos. Fyodor Lukyanov is deeply convinced that it is simply impossible to balance out such a plethora of actors and their interests: «Today, each of the international actors is seeking to get the other lose more».
The interdependence is not going anywhere, and the competition will be turning increasingly more fierce. Russia, as well as the other countries, will be forced to make a choice in favor of a world frame and respective strategic goals. What are the national interests of my country? What can our niche be? What are our primary challenges and risks? These are the questions I encourage you to ask yourselves every single day.
The discussions with experts were followed by research presentations made by the young scientists and specialists on the topics placed on the official Meeting's agenda. The Youth Session graduates then went on to participate in the 8th International Scientific and Expert Forum «The Primakov Readings» that was held at the World Trade Center in Moscow on December 6-7.