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Geopolitics on the Move is a podcast series hosted by Sean Guillory (SRB Podcast) and Fyodor Lukyanov (Russia in Global Affairs) that discusses the crucial geopolitical issues that currently define world politics with some of the best Russian, European, and American thinkers.

Geopolitics on the Move is produced by Russia in Global Affairs, the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and the Center for Russian, Eastern European, & Eurasian Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. The Carnegie Corporation of New York provided funding.

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School for Scholars

Several years ago we came up against a problem: young authors having certain expertise in the subject they study cannot put it in a comprehensive and interesting text form. So, editors have to either refuse promising authors to publish their articles, or rewrite them.

Project Goal

We decided to invest our effort in training young foreign policy scientists in writing appropriate texts in various genres. In 2016, editors of Russia in Global Affairs and a team of specialists from the National Research University-Higher School of Economics (NRU-HSE) launched a “School for Scholars.” Since then the School has been admitting all those wishing to develop their skills of analytical writing and receive knowledge from merited professionals in this field.

Initially, the School trained students in writing texts on different subjects, but as it gained more experience it changed the format of training and now organizes courses dealing with one specific problem. For example, the 2018-2019 course was devoted to Russia’s turn to the East, while the 2019-2020 course is designed to train those students who are interested in the analysis if military-political issues. This approach ensures a more targeted high-quality training of researchers who have already decided on their profession and line of future activity.

The curriculum of each course works on a “1+1” principle: one master class given by an expert in one line of training plus one practice (skill-building) class at which the students can use the received theoretical knowledge in writing texts of different genres. The major part of master classes and skill-building sessions take place at the premises of the NRU-HSE Faculty of World Economy and International Relations.

More detailed information about the “School for Scholars” is available at: https://school.globalaffairs.ru/

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Greater Eurasia

One of the reasons for the growing mistrust in the world is the degradation of the international dialogue at all levels – from interstate relations to expert communities.

Representatives of various countries find it increasingly more difficult today to find common language even in terms if notions. Great effort is needed to develop public diplomacy and create non-formal communication channels and platforms that would facilitate understanding and, eventually, foster cooperation on the basis of a better understanding. This is essential for young political leaders who are beginning to take important decisions today, and will head political movements, parties, corporations, and states tomorrow.

Project Goal

The Project “Perception of Greater Eurasia by the New Generation of Russian and Foreign Leaders” is a follow-up of the previous project “Russia as Seen by a New Generation of Foreign Leaders” (2019) and is aimed at developing public diplomacy among young (up to 40 years old) political leaders.

Russian and foreign policymakers and public figures discussed the conception of Greater Eurasia and Russia’s role in the Eurasian partnership. This experience facilitated the development of trustful dialogue on issues related to the development of Greater Eurasia. Centerpiece of the whole project was development of a model blueprint for conflict resolution in Eurasia.

Why Eurasia?

Eurasia is one of the most important regions of the Earth that determines the development of humankind. This is a multilingual, multiform and politically polycentric territory where the interests of leading actors of world politics intersect. Today Greater Eurasia transcends the geographical boundaries and demands a reliable and effective communication built on respect and trust.

Where and When

The Great Eurasia project was launched in January 2020 and completed in June 2020 inclusive. The venue of the project events was Moscow.

Project Participants

The project participants included Russian and foreign leaders from Europe and Asia: young representatives of political parties, public associations, non-governmental organizations, and analytical centers.

Project Partners

  • The Centre for Liberal Strategies (Sofia, Bulgaria);
  • The RF Ministry of Economic Development;
  • The Faculty of World Economy and International Relations of the National Research University–Higher School of Economics;
  • The RF Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
  • The Federation Council of the RF Federal Assembly.

Project Stages

  1. A workshop for foreign participants

Leading Russian experts in international affairs, political scientists and representatives of civil society presented before the audience their vision of the prospects of the Greater Eurasia integration project, of international cooperation within its framework and of Russia’s role – conceptual, political and economic – in it.

  1. Political Training game “Projecting Greater Eurasia: Awareness of Common Interests”

The game was intended to develop a comprehensive view of the strategic goals of international cooperation within the framework of Greater Eurasia, practice various models of interaction and ways to maintain dialogue; understand the logic, motifs and interests of the countries and peoples of Greater Eurasia. The course and the end results of the game was discussed with a group of experts in order to formulate a conception of international interaction within the framework of Greater Eurasia for IR political scientists, students and policymakers (“The Road to Greater Eurasia’).

  1. Non-formal meetings of foreign participants with Russian statesmen, planned as part of project were canceled because of lockdown measures introduced due to spread of COVID-19.

Planned Results

The Project resulted in the publication of a collection of analytical materials “Greater Eurasia as Seen by New Generations” (in Russian), which summarized the views of the new generation of public and political leaders of Russia, Europe and Asia on the pressing problems of international relations and global security. The collection of materials included “The Road to Greater Eurasia” conception.  

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To follow the Project, see the websites svop.ru and globalaffairs.ru, as well as social network sources ТелеграмFacebookТвиттер. Analytical materials have also been published in Russia in Global Affairs.

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