A Russian and a Chinese officer are shaking hands in front of a Chinese helicopter.

A new era of cooperation is promised by Russia.

Russia Looks West

January 2011, Number 02.01

“We have changed,” Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said in a keynote address at the June 2010 St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Medvedev was speaking about plans to refocus the Russian economy on innovation and technology rather than energy and natural resource production. While the change is apparent in Russia’s newly cooperative approach to the European Union, for NATO and neighboring states of the former Soviet Union, the question remains: Is the change authentic? And, if so, how deep does it run in Russian policy?

Medvedev’s push to transform the Russian economy is primarily a movement for modernization. It includes plans to build a center for technology, engineering and business education in Skolkovo, modeled on the Silicon Valley, that would establish relationships with top U.S. universities and technology companies. If Russia is to grow into the high-tech power envisaged by Medvedev, it will need help from the West...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Russia Looks West,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 2, No. 1, 2011: 40-43.

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