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The XXI century will be a сentury either of total all-embracing crisis or of moral and spiritual healing that will reinvigorate humankind. It is my conviction that all of us - all reasonable political leaders, all spiritual and ideological movements, all  faiths - must help in this transition to a triumph of humanism and justice, in making the XXI century a century of a new human renaissance.

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The 21st Century - the Age of Global Challenges and Responses

The big international project under the working title Globalization: Challenges and Responses  was launched in 1997 at the initiative of Mikhail Gorbachev.

The first part of this project was summarized in the book The Problems of Globalization. Materials of the International Research Project (Moscow, 2001).

The next stage of this project was publication of a  collective monograph The Facets of Globalization. Difficult Questions of Contemporary Development (Grani globalizatsii. Trudnye voprosy sovremennogo razvitiya) Moscow, Alpina Publisher, 2003). Written by Russian social and political scientists, this work gives a multi-dimensional analysis of globalization as a phenomenon. A special focus is made on Russia's self-determination in the globalizing world.