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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April 30, 2022

An article by the President of PICREADI Natalia Burlinova was published in the International Analytics journal(Institute of International Studies, MGIMO University). The paper examines Russia's and the EU's approaches to non-governmental organizations…

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April 18, 2022

Meeting Russia 2022 will be held online in Moscow on May 25-26. Meeting Russia is a significant public diplomacy project for young and aspiring analysts, diplomats, journalists, social activists, and politicians. This program has been held annually…

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April 5, 2022

Europe is not only sanctioning Russia but mainly itself. The winners are big tech and financial corporations. With the sanctions, however, Europe is also covering up its own failure to take vigorous action against sinful events in Ukraine. Just over a…

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March 1, 2022

Ulrike Reisner and Lothan Stix (Austria) share their analysis on the international dilemma of undesirable developments in state policy taking the example of the current crisis in Ukraine. For the Europeans, the European states that belong to NATO, but…

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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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  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  
     33 (31%)
    U.S. wants to deter Russia’s military and political activity  
     30 (28%)
    U.S. wants to dissolve Russia  
     24 (22%)
    U.S. wants to establish alliance relations with Russia under the US conditions to rival China  
     21 (19%)
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