Use of mathematical modelling in political science was under discussion at a sitting, Tuesday, of the presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Alexander Mikhailov, Doctor of Physics and Mathematics, said that the Institute of Mathematical Modelling at the Russian academy has developed models of how the state power - civic society system operates in Russia. These models take into account many characteristics of power and society, from the number of instances in bureaucratic hierarchy to the corruption of power, its responsibility and the strength of society's reaction to actions of power. Institute academics are also engaged in modelling ethnopolitical conflicts in the North Caucasian region, noted Mikhailov. During this discussion were voiced different points of view on both the efficiency of such models and the responsibility of the authors before society. A prominent specialist in the field of state and law, Academic Vladimir Kudriavtsev noted that hypotheses on the functioning of state and society must be best-grounded and mathematicians must broadly attract the knowledge of sociologists and political analysts. Vladimir Fortov, vice-president of the Russian Academy of Sciences, believes that the need for such models is great but, he stressed, they must rely on scientific logic and trustworthy information. "There are no exhaustive models to be found in the world", noted Yuri Osipov, president of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The academy's "modelling in the humanitarian and societal spheres should be encouraged in every way", he added.
The Americans came to realise that they would have to either leave the region or weaken their presence there. It is Russia that is filling the vacuum now