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.