The Russian Enigma. How to perceive the Russian Empire

This is a conversation from the Tällberg Workshop in Helsinki 2015 .

The workshop was designed to be the first of a series that will consider the variety of forces shaping the future of the great powers, starting with the U.S., Russia, China, Europe, and Japan.

We looked at demographics, culture, religion, technology, economics, history, political structures, military capabilities, etc.. The idea was to explore fundamental, long term dynamics that are likely to define the next generation of geopolitics. In a sense, we wanted to look into the future in order to better understand the present.