Сonsolidation of the BRICS Countries Positions — a Factor of Intensification of the World Community Development on the Basis of International Law in Defiance of the “Global Rules” That Meet the Interests of the USA

DOI: 10.33917/es-6.164.2019.60-66

Formation of the world system after the Second World War was based on international law, but later the United States began to apply efforts to subdue the development of the world system to the rules and norms developed by them. With collapse of the USSR and the socialist countries bloc, the US hegemony has gained dominant importance, underpinned by both transformation of functions and replacement of appropriately trained personnel of the UN, IMF, WB, WTO and a number of international organizations and NGOs created in different countries. The dominant position of the USA could be remedied at the level of international organizations, without altering the existing international community. Сonsolidating positions of the BRICS countries, primarily at international forums, can provide restoration of justice in the world community development, including preservation of the sovereignty, historical, sociocultural and religious identity of nations and peoples in order to ensure steady increase in the well-being of the world’s population, external and domestic policy independence, can establish mutually beneficial economic cooperation and political partnership meeting the national interest, as well as to eliminate interference in the internal affairs of third countries, attempts to change political regimes therein. The article discusses examples of pressure on the BRICS countries, attempts to exercise a destabilizing effect on the part of Western countries aimed at separation of the BRICS members; it analyzes the role of “soft power” in the foreign policy contour of the BRICS states in the regions where they play the role of development locomotives. Based on results of the analysis, relevant conclusions are drawn and suggestions are made

Paradox of Combining the European Union’s Systemic Crisis with Its 60th Anniversary: Analysis Based on a Systemic Methodology

DOI: 10.33917/es-6.164.2019.54-59

The article analyzes fundamental reasons for such unexpected coincidence of the European Union systemic crisis with its 60th anniversary as well as the prospects for the European integration development. The innovative nature of the study consists in the fact that the problems are considered on the basis of a systemic methodology, that determines its logic, and the principles of systematic approach, as well as in the context of paradox theory. This approach allows us to analyze the causes of the EU systemic crisis that coincided with its anniversary, making a conclusion that seems unbelievable but contains the truth. Processing of materials over 60 years of the European integration revealed a number of paradoxes, including the lack of previously developed concept, systematic violation of the EU development patterns. The author identifies the paradox of US–EU transatlantic cooperation, which manifested itself through the loss of economic sovereignty of the states participating in the European integration under American pressure and with regard to deployment of NATO military bases in Europe. The author comes to conclusion that violation of the integration process patterns and rules manifested itself as a result of the global crisis of 2008–2009.

New Formats of the Post-Global World

DOI: 10.33917/es-4.162.2019.34-41

Analysis of national projects laid out by the RF Government allows to claim that this project set will not be the very breakthrough strategy, the need for development and implementation of which was stressed by the President of the Russian Federation, at least because the breakthrough can only be “whereto”. And “what for”. These questions should have been met by the Strategy for Social and Economic Development (SED) of Russia. The strategy itself, in turn, was supposed to rely on a basic national concept, such as the GOELRO Plan, the Space Project and others, and the strategic forecast through levels “World” – “Country” – “Region”, which would indicate critical changes. The latter were supposed to serve as a scenario framework for the strategy, to highlight those key potentials, the development of which would provide the greatest positive effect. In addition, the strategic forecast should have outlined the scenario forks as those points where management decisions are necessary. But strategic forecast, commissioned by the RF Ministry of Economic Development, does not meet these requirements and cannot serve as a basis for a new SED Strategy. The article focuses on the basic sense-bearing concept

Designing Technological Environments and Post-Industrial Revolution

DOI: 10.33917/es-4.162.2019.25-33

The article dwells on the post-industrial transition from the perspective of designing technological environments. A verified model of fundamentally stable post-industrial society is presented as a unity of two separated social layers: one — created by digital technologies based on measurements of a citizen’s social rating, the other — based on analogue evolution management