The article analyzes the relations between the US and Russia, underlines the importance of informal networks and refers to various educational platforms which allow diplomacy to work on a "second track". Among them is "Meeting Russia"- Creative Diplomacy's educational programm for Young Leaders .
Ever since the Ukrainian crisis, the Eastern Partnership program of the European Union has been in a state of stagnation and disorientation. The effectiveness and prospects of the program are now a subject of debate.
Creative Diplomacy is launching a new English-speaking public diplomacy program for young leaders - 'Meeting Russia'. The deadline for applications is November 30, 2016.
About the program
Meeting Russia is a unique Russian public diplomacy program for young leaders interested in Russia. This is the only program in English that brings together 20 young representatives from government institutions, parliaments, think tanks, media and private sector, experts and journalist from the United States and EU countries as well as from Russia.
Meeting Russia participants will discuss current international issues related to Russian foreign policy and Russia’s relations with the West. The program includes meetings with senior Russian officials and top experts.
The program will be held in Moscow on February 15-19, 2017. The main part of the program will take 3 days, and the final day is reserved for a meeting and discussion with Russian counterparts of the same age representing various expert and public platforms.
The program is funded by a Presidential grant provided through the National Charity Fund (Russia).
Natalia Burlinova comments on NATO Warsaw summit, specially for Russia Direct
As long as NATO and Russia keep looking at each other through the lens of the Cold War, it will be impossible to make positive changes in their relationship.
Based on the results of its recent Warsaw summit, NATO has fully returned to its former Cold War rhetoric. NATO has discarded all its new plans and strategic concepts, and returned to its most important and foundational role — to keep Russia in check. No wonder Russia has also fueled its anti-NATO rhetoric recently.
Just six years ago, the future looked so much different. Back in 2010, at the NATO summit in Lisbon, the meeting was nothing short of historic. The reason for this was a new NATO strategic concept that was supposed to extend over 10 years. At that time, NATO looked at the world’s future through a geographic as well as a functional lens, and aimed to expand its horizons. From that perspective, Russia was no longer viewed as a dangerous rival.