Natalia Burlinova participated in Dialogue with Russia
Russian House Brussels-Europe launched an online seminar-school in the field of public and academic diplomacy for European young researchers and students of international relations and studying public diplomacy and Russian foreign policy. On March 24th, Natalia Burlinova from PICREADI spoke in Dialogue with Russia.
The aim of the project is to create a dialogue platform for young international researchers, students, political scientists, journalists, representatives of research centres and civil society from European countries, who study public diplomacy and Russian foreign policy and ready to develop dialogue.

Among the main topics of the school are Russian public diplomacy, Priorities of Russian foreign policy, Digital foreign policy, NGO and international cooperation, etc.

The central theme of Natalia's speech was the evolution of Russian "soft power", including in the sphere of educational and expert diplomacy of the Russian Federation. Natalya Burlinova shared with the audience her analysis of the moments of the Russian system of public diplomacy. Debunking the myths of Western expert reports about the omnipotence of Russian "soft power", the expert also compared the structures, budget and software of public diplomacy in Russia and the United States. Also, as part of her speech, the President of Creative Diplomacy presented a joint expert review of PICREADI and the Russian International Affairs Council "10 Steps Towards Effective Public Diplomacy in Russia", which assesses Russian public diplomacy in several key areas.
Russian expert diplomacy was assessed by the speaker as one of the most effective areas of Russian public diplomacy during the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the introduction of coronavirus restrictions and the closure of borders, it was online communication in expert circles that made it possible to continue the discussion of world political processes with foreign colleagues. Russian think tanks, which directly interact with foreign experts and are engaged in research activities on the territory of the Russian Federation, played an important role in this.

Speaking about the educational area, the expert cited figures from a recent report by the US Public Diplomacy Advisory Commission. In 2019, a record was set in the entire history of US educational programs - more than a million international students per year against this background, Russian figures (according to various estimates, up to 240 thousand per year, and much lower during a pandemic) look much more modest.