Eurasian Reconfiguration as Part of New World Order

Date of publication : May 6, 2016 11:31 am
Eurasian Reconfiguration as Part of New World Order

Date: April 25, 2016
Time: 18:00 to 20:00 (GMT +3:30)
Venue: The IRAS Institute, Tehran, Iran
Fyodor Lukyanov, Editor-in-Chief, Russia in Global Affairs; Chairman of the Presidium, Council on Foreign and Defense Policy; Research Director, Valdai International Discussion Club
Jahangir Karami, Associate Professor, University of Tehran; Senior Fellow, The IRAS Institute
Mahmoud Shoori, Head of Eurasia Program, Center for Strategic Research; Senior Fellow, The IRAS Institute
Davood Kiani, First Deputy Director, The IRAS Institute

In this event, Fyodor Lukyanov said:

“We are heading toward a new world order that is different from the current order and is no longer limited to a unique pattern. A new world system constructed by a series of interconnected unions will emerge. In this regard, Eurasia is a natural union that its principles should be constructed, since currently it does not possess specific principles. But, a major question is that to what extent we will be successful in doing so and also to what extend does our government and bureaucratic system is prepared for such collaborations. Not just because our countries are in need of such developments, but for there will be basically no balance without such center in the world, a balance that is much required today. The West’s propaganda power is well recognized by everybody. So every time, Russia, China, and Iran move toward creating a union, the west will try to introduce it as an anti-U.S. coalition. But what is well recognized is that such coalition should not, by any mean, be directed against the west or the United States. By the way, China’s highly pro-western inclinations will impede any such attempt. Such a union should not consider the way that the U.S. deal with or treat it. This is the main problem with Russia, since there are still worries in Russia about how the U.S. thinks of it.”

In this event, Jahangir Karami said:

“Any expectation of Russia – Iran’s interactions evolving into an Eurasian cooperation should first of all consider its implications and whether  Russia is ready to accept such requirements or not. First of all, Iran’s accession to Shanghai Cooperation Organization (CSO) should be settled; second, the debates over Caspian Sea states cooperation organization must be solved; third, finalizing a common agenda between Iran, Russia, and south Caucasian states. Fourth, agreeing on a kind of interaction channel between Iran and member states of Collective Security Treaty Organization on Afghanistan issues. These are the cases that can account for Russia–Iran Eurasian cooperation.”

In this event, Mahmoud Shoori also said:

“It is a fact that different, if not sometimes contradictory, voices and images are received from Russia. While, sometimes acting as a revisionist state in international system, the country behaves, in other cases, as a state that has received its power share in the world system. Russia still looks the West in international affairs. If Russia is looking into redefining world order, it should pay more prices for it. So far, Russia’s behavior has strengthened and consolidated the America’s hegemony. If Russia was against the current order, western sanction against Iran would have been different. On the other hand, it is known to us that Russia endured significant pressures and tried to modify the sanctions. However, a Russia that is willing to redefining world order, should have not accepted the current situation.”

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