Is Universal Diplomacy Not Possible Anymore?
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Fyodor A. Lukyanov

Russia in Global Affairs
National Research University–Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia
Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs
Research Professor;
Valdai Discussion Club
Research Director


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Does diplomacy work in today’s aggressive international environment? Fyodor Lukyanov, Editor-in-Chief of Russia in Global Affairs magazine, took part in a special session, titled «The Universal Diplomat for the 21st Century». The session took place on December 9, within the framework of the VI Moscow Conference on Political Risks and Forecasting «International Uncertainty 2022». Watch the video!


Fyodor Lukyanov speaks at VI Moscow Conference on Political Risks and Forecasting
Special session ”The Universal Diplomat for the 21st Century"


The experts discussed what kind of skills and worldview young analysts and foreign service officials should have against the background of the crumbling international order and security institutions of the second half of the 20th century.


  • Fyodor Lukyanov, Editor-in-Chief of the “Russia in Global Affairs” Magazine
  • Samuel Charap, Senior Political Scientist of RAND Corporation (USA)
  • Karin Kneissl, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Austria and Visiting Professor at the MGIMO University (Austria)
  • Konstantin Kolpakov, Chairman of the Council of young diplomats of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs


VI Moscow Conference on Political Risks and Forecasting «International Uncertainty 2022» was co-organised by the MGIMO Institute for International Studies (IMI MGIMO) and the MGIMO consulting agency «Eurasian Strategies».

The annual conference was dedicated to discussing key international trends shaping the near future. The discussion focused on the evolution of the US-China rivalry, and the challenges it poses to other players: Russia, key EU countries, Turkey, and Central Asian countries. 

Broadcast recordings of the conference sessions are available on the MGIMO YouTube channel in English and Russian.

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