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How Russia Can Build Relations With Friendly Countries

Such a large and powerful country really cannot be isolated in terms of foreign policy The sooner we understand that the basis of “soft power” is internal, and not in the activities of Russia’s representatives abroad, the sooner we will be able to benefit from our own objective advantages, writes Valdai Club Programme Director Timofei Bordachev. A year into the conflict between Russia and the West turning into a proxy military confrontation, the most important lesson learned in terms of the international...


When Africa Is Just Around the Corner

... apparently scheduled for January 23 in Qatar (again, the start date for Lavrov’s African tour), never took place . It might be that getting Paul Kagame and Félix Tshisekedi to participate in the same event could well be one of the challenges for Russian diplomacy during the preparation for the Summit, given the current antagonism between the DRC and Rwanda. Finally, one cannot but mention an essentially new level of external pressure exerted by all parties on the countries of Africa within the walls ...


Forgotten and Unforgettable Science Diplomacy: Towards the Anniversary of Lacy-Zarubin Agreement

... possible in 1958, whereas in 2023, as things stand now (although there’s no harm in dreaming, to be sure), it appears unrealistic. Who knows, maybe the ghosts of science diplomats of the postwar era would suggest a way to remedy the situation? Science diplomacy is about people The final stage of negotiating the Lacy-Zarubin agreement commenced on October 28, 1957 and took three months. On the U.S. side, the senior official was William Sterling Lacy, East-West Exchange Advisor to U.S. Secretary of State ...


Changing Roles: Why Countries of Middle East May be Future’s Best-Suited Mediators?

... transformation stage some 10 years ago, anticipating global changes in the overall international system. As a global leader in the number of conflicts and potential crises, nations of the Middle East know the price of the current changes and strive to use diplomacy, mediation, and pragmatism to mitigate crises, including in the conflict in Ukraine. Mediators Aleksandr Aksenenok: U.S. Policy Case for Middle East under New Conditions On September 21–22, Russia and Ukraine exchanged the largest number ...


If the World Is One Family, Why Do We Seek to Destroy It?

... do you view the current world political situation? What are the possibilities of reducing and resolving conflicts between the "West" and the "East" diplomatically? What can sovereign nations do and what tools are available? Public diplomacy, second track diplomacy…? I practiced public diplomacy. It’s not a question of belief or faith. We must understand that there are tensions in the world, inescapable tensions. The world is divided geopolitically. Though the geopolitical situation ...


Possible Shifts in World Politics Discussed with Ambassadors at the Italian Embassy

On October 7, 2022, the Italian Embassy in Moscow hosted a discussion on possible shifts in the system of world politics after the completion of the acute phase of Russia's special military operation on the territory of Ukraine On October 7, 2022, the Italian Embassy in Moscow hosted a discussion on possible shifts in the system of world politics after the completion of the acute phase of Russia's special military operation on the territory of Ukraine. Questions of further functioning of international...


Russia-Ukraine, India-Pakistan: Two Existential Conflicts in Eurasia

... in VIF's Journal, National Security, Vol. 5 Issue 3 (July-September 2022). This is a new and expanded version of the article. For an earlier version see, Kortunov, Andrey. “India-Pakistan and Russia-Ukraine: What If We Compare the Two?” Modern Diplomacy, October 30, 2021. .


The West Goes West: Greed, Speed and the Fear of Simplicity

... “Political Correctness” in recent years. Intellectual honesty is the foundation of our Service; Political Correctness its antithesis. “Diversity” is the latest of several rather fatuous fashions. The truth is that diversity is irrelevant to diplomacy. No foreigner I have ever met cares whether the Service has fifty per cent women, ten per cent homosexuals and five per cent ethnics. His (or her) only interest is whether a diplomat has something useful to contribute. Furthermore, “targets” ...


The Soft Power of India and Russia

... crucial in promoting a positive perception of the nation. Additionally, many individuals from these diaspora have earned top leadership positions globally in various fields, boosting India’s image. In the last decade, India has also increased its public diplomacy (PD) through digital diplomacy (DD), bringing its soft power policies to action. India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) maintains a public diplomacy division (PDD) that is responsible for supporting and implementing soft power aspects....


Lessons of Ukraine and the Death of Leadership: Only History Exists

... greed assailing much of the ‘international community’ (i.e. the ‘West’), which has resulted in a lack of awareness of history. The teaching of history in western universities is indeed dying. Opinions have been replaced with app inions, and diplomacy with Twittering and Facebooking. Let us now deal with the salient factors, beginning with our mental underpinning, and then comment on the current ‘Ukrainian stupidity’. Fear of Simplicity Andrey Kortunov: Restoration, Reformation, Revolution?...


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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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