Meeting Russia Blog

Meeting Russia

Meeting Russia Blog is a joint discussion platform of the Russian International Affairs Council and the Public Initiative "Creative Diplomacy" (PICREADI), a Moscow-based NGO working in the sphere of public diplomacy. This platform brings together Russian and Western young leaders from academia, government institutions, parliaments, think tanks, media, and the private sector to discuss the most important and burning issues of international relations. This blog was launched as a part Meeting Russia Public Diplomacy Program for Young Leaders, organized annually in Moscow by the NGO "Creative Diplomacy". This program seeks to facilitate dialogue between rising leaders interested in Russia and to contribute to the discussion about Russia-West relations.

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October 14, 2021

As climate change continues to warm up the Arctic region, we are witnessing the opening of new shipping routes, such as the Northwest Passage (NWP) in Canada and the Northern Sea Route (NSR) in Russia. It is interesting to explore the reasons why these…

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September 16, 2021

The soft power of the European Union (EU) has been the first to be impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, as recent developments have compromised the free movement of citizens by disrupting the Schengen area for more than a year and a half already. This…

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September 15, 2021

This article is based upon a paper given on 27 August 2021 at the NIICE International Studies Convention, hosted in Katmandu by the Nepal Institute for International Cooperation and Engagement (NIICE). This paper briefly discusses Russian Orthodoxy and…

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August 4, 2021

On the occasion of the opening of the Meeting Russia Reunion, Andrey Kortunov, Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council and one of the main speakers of the Reunion, wrote an exclusive material for our participants. Dr. Andrey…

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May 14, 2021

Dr. Dmitry Kulish is a molecular pharmacologist by education and an expert in modern pharmaceutical industry by experience. Dr. Kulish earned his PhD in biochemistry from the Moscow Institute of Molecular Genetics, then continued his postdoctoral…

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April 3, 2021

A well-known Russian policy shaper and Dean of one of Moscow's most prominent universities once described U.S.-Russia relations to me as "two people walking side by side with a gun to the head and a pistol to the hip." Indeed, in mainstream U.S. news…

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March 28, 2021

The last couple of years I have experienced Russian soft power firsthand through various NGO-programs. Here is what I learned – and how I was influenced. By Celine Emma la Cour, a student of Political Science at University of Copenhagen and member of the…

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March 20, 2021

Old enemy-pictures still wander the surface of our relations. But young people from Western countries no longer see Russia as the greatest threat to the West and young Russians do not consider NATO as the main threat to their generation. It might be time…

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January 17, 2021

There is high urgency for new international legislation which would prevent unfriendly actors from using contemporary technologies for psychological wars and suppression of so-called hostile societies through information violence. By Viktoria Ivanchenko…

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November 13, 2019

In crisis situations political narratives develop rapidly. Supported by political (media) propaganda, these narratives can change within a short time period or disappear completely in favour of dominant narratives supported by propaganda. Quite rarely…

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May 30, 2019

Today, immunisation against the rational discourse is once again taking place through political and religious dogmas. The new media supports the (re)production of simple political explanations. In the globalised digitised world, the answer to political…

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May 26, 2019

The campaigns for the EU parliamentary elections degenerate into political folklore. This hides the fact that the EU Parliament has no democratically legitimated constitutional structure comparable to a state. Accordingly, the EU elections will (and can)…

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  1. In your opinion, what are the US long-term goals for Russia?
    U.S. wants to establish partnership relations with Russia on condition that it meets the U.S. requirements  
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    U.S. wants to deter Russia’s military and political activity  
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    U.S. wants to dissolve Russia  
     24 (22%)
    U.S. wants to establish alliance relations with Russia under the US conditions to rival China  
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