Round-table discussion «Between East and West.
Russia and the Caucasus at the Turn of the Century» 

Organizing of round-table discussions on important culture issues by eminent figures of culture is an important direction of the World of the Caucasus Foundation activity. 
First session of the round-table discussion “Between East and West. Russia and the Caucasus at the Turn of the Century” was held by the Foundation in cooperation with the Moscow Government's Committee for public and inter-regional relations in October 2001 under the auspices of Mayor of Moscow Yuri Luzhkov. The conference turned out to be an outstanding event in cultural and public life of the Caucasus and Russia. Fazil Iskander, Andrei Bitov, Rasul Gamzatov, Nina Ananiashvili, Lia Akhedzhakova, Oleg Basilashvili, Elena Kamburova, Giya Kancheli, Shirvani Chalayev, Karen Shakhnazarov, Mihail Chemiakin, and other prominent figures of culture took part in the discussion. They discussed a number of subjects, including social and cultural implications of globalization, consequences of ethnic wars, the role of culture and intelligentsia in the opposition to xenophobia and ethnic bigotry. 
All materials of the discussion were published in a special volume by the Druzhba Narodov Publishing House and presented to state and non-governmental organizations of Russia and the Caucasus, federal and regional cultural and educational centers. A video film was shot about the round-table discussion which included most interesting speeches and interviews of the discussion participants. 
The second session of the round-table discussion “Between East and West. Russia and the Caucasus at the Turn of the Century” that was held in 2006 regretfully diagnosed that the disastrous downfall of quality of education, professionalism, the process of moral degeneration of the society, and the ruin of culture had all become a threatening reality. Again, the voices of distinguished cultural figures were addressed to the authorities, urging them to use culture in their creative endeavors, to take care of culture.