Polycentricity: The Norm of a Future World without Colonies and Hegemons

08 Jun , 12:00–13:15
The Transition to a Multipolar World Economy
Congress Centre, zone B, 2nd floor, conference hall B3

The Concept of Foreign Policy of the Russian Federation includes, among its priority areas of international activity, the formation of a just and sustainable world order. This includes countering US dominance and creating conditions for states to abandon neo-colonial and hegemonic ambitions. In the context of a fundamental transformation of the architecture of international relations, an increasing number of states are openly opposing the unjust policies of the United States, its allies, and Western-controlled international organizations. Formats of interstate cooperation outside Western-centered structures are gaining strength, primarily BRICS, SCO, CIS, CSTO, CICA, and the African Union. The Non-Aligned Movement has found a new resonance, and a Group of Friends in Defense of the Charter of the United Nations has been established on the UN platform. At the same time, the West is not giving up its attempts to discredit the processes of sovereignty and preserve its elusive advantages by resorting to illegitimate economic sanctions, open interference in internal affairs, and other methods of pressure. An integral element of neo-colonialism is the behavioural attitudes disseminated by the collective West aimed at destroying traditional spiritual and moral values. What will the new multipolar world order and Russia's place in it be? On what principles will the polycentric system of international relations be built? What will be the main centres of power? What is the general approach to defining neo-colonialism and developing methods to counter such practices? Why should our country play a unifying role in accelerating the transition to a more equitable world order? What is the future for the developing countries of Asia, Africa, and Latin America in this new order?

Alexander Gurnov, Journalist, TV presenter; Political Observer, RT TV channel

Sergey Glazyev, Member of the Board, Minister in Charge of Integration and Macroeconomics, Eurasian Economic Commission
Maria Zakharova, Director, Department of Information and the Press, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Konstantin Malofeev, Head, Tsargrad Foundation
Alexey Maslov, Director, Institute of Asian and African Studies, Lomonosov Moscow State University
Vincent Meriton, Chairperson, Seychelles-Russia Friendship Association
Aleksey Pushkov, Chairman of the Commission of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on Information Policy and Cooperation with the Media; Senator of the Russian Federation

Front row participants
Mikhail Kurakin, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, The International Affairs Magazine; Member of the Union of Journalists of Russia
Alexey Tsydenov, Head of the Republic of Buryatia