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Washington Post about «Meeting Russia»

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The Washington Post published an article about the importance of public diplomacy between Russia and the US "U.S.-Russia relations are at a real low. Here's the diplomacy that is working".

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 .

You can read the original article here.

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«Meeting Russia»


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).

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The NATO Warsaw summit: Back to the future

The first company-sized contingent of about 150 U.S. paratroopers from the U.S. Army's 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team based in Italy march as they arrive to participate in training exercises with the Polish army in Swidwin, northern west Poland April 23, 2014. The United States is sending about 600 soldiers to Poland and the three Baltic states for infantry exercises, the Pentagon said, one of its highest-profile steps yet to reassure NATO allies after Russia's seizure of Crimea. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel (POLAND - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS) - RTR3MCO1

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.

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Debunking myths about the Eurasian Economic Union

2860581 31.05.2016 31 мая 2016. Президент России Владимир Путин (второй справа) после заседания в Астане Высшего Евразийского экономического совета на уровне глав государств в расширенном составе. Слева направо - президент Белоруссии Александр Лукашенко и президент Казахстана Нурсултан Назарбаев, справа - президент Армении Серж Саргсян. Алексей Дружинин/РИА Новости

Viktoriia Ivanchenko comments on the myths about the Eurasian Economic Union, specially for Russia Direct

The West continues to view the Eurasian Economic Union as the reincarnation of the old Soviet Union. But that’s simply not the case.

Plenty of myths and stereotypes surround the creation of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). Some claim that it is a revival of the Soviet Union or just another imperialistic project masked by political rhetoric. But what are the objective interests and goals of Russia for this project? What does Eurasian integration really mean for Russia and other member states?

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Whether Russia developed? During discussion on the significance of the recent past for the national self-image of Russia and the dialogue with the rest of Europe stood opposite Ivan Krastev of the Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia, and Natalia Burlinova of the Public Initiative "Creative Diplomacy" from Moscow.

Eurasian Courses on public diplomacy


Eurasian Courses on Public Diplomacy were held on April 21-23. Participants visited Eurasian Economic Commission, Embassy of Republic of Belarus, Ministry of Economic Development and Eurasian Bank of Development. During April 22 and 23  participants had meetings with soft power and public diplomacy experts.

Scope of the first day included theory and practical basis of Eurasian integration. The Participants had meetings with Kishkembaev Askar Bulatovich, Head of the Secretariat of the EEC Minister for Economy and Financial Policy; Petrishenko Igor Viktorovich, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Republic of Belorus in The Russian Federation; Sysoeva Anna Alekseevna, Deputy Director of Department of interaction with Customs Union bodies and Economic Cooperation with CIS countries; Pereboev Vladimir Sergeevich, chief of Centre of integration researches department of the Eurasian Development Bank.

April 22 and 23 the Participants had meetings with experts in soft power and public diplomacy, where issues of image and promotion of the Eurasian project were discussed.

Participants of the project are representatives of Kazakhstan, Armenia, Rusia, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

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Failure of American Concept on Russian Ground


In recent years the Russian Federation has faced a serious problem of massive information war which has been targeted to undermining its image on the international scene, and at the same time winning hearts and minds of people all over the world in favour of the U.S. However, when Russia attempted to use similar means and tools in order to regain its international reputation, it faced a complete failure. But why? This article attempts to investigate the effectiveness of Russia’s power of influence, and analyze why it is hard to speak about such concept as ‘soft power’ in Russia.

Karina Levina

Any state in its foreign affairs focuses on strengthening its positions on the international arena, as well as creating advantageous external conditions for the country’s long-term socio-economic development. The foreign policy toolkit used to reach these goals varies from epoch to epoch. In the 21st century, when the world is becoming multipolar and the key factors allowing states to have global influence have changed, soft power has come to the forefront of the foreign policy (Torkunov, 2013). Having acknowledged that the power of influence is ‘the indispensable component of modern international relations’ (Concept of the Foreign Policy of the Russian Federation, 2013), Russia has also expressed determination to develop a softer foreign policy approach and ‘has started relying less on coercion and tough talk in defending its interests abroad’ (Tsygankov, 2013). Nevertheless, it would be completely wrong to assume that the Kremlin’s new rhetoric about soft political methods has been a success. Instead, the essay argues that, even though Russia has increasingly demonstrated readiness to employ soft power in its foreign policy (Tsygankov, 2006), it has been rather inefficient in accomplishing Moscow’s objectives at the international scene.

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