March 22, 2018

Summary of the First Day
For today's event for "Meeting Russia" we started off with a discussion at the Russian State Duma with Sergey Shargunov. He's a writer, a journalist and a member of the International Affairs Committee of the Russian Federation. Throughout the discussion, he gave his personal opinion regarding a variety of topics such as Russia's actions in Middle East, the Eurasian economic union, and the conflict in Ukraine.

For the second event at the Moscow Carnegie Center participants were met by Dmitri Trenin, Director of the Center in Moscow and Ruslan Pukhov, the Director for the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies. This discussion was centered around military security and how Russia is perceived in western countries.

Participants then returned to their hotel to participate in a discussion about Russia's role in the global economy. This was led by Yaroslav Lisovolik, the Chief Economist for the Eurasian Development Bank. He explained Russia's economic history with the west, the negative and positive aspects of sanctions and policies that Russia is pursuing to decrease its dependence on the West.

For the final event, the role of Russia's soft power was discussed by a panel of four experts: Natalya Burlinova, President of "Creative Diplomacy" (PICREADI), Dmitry Polikanov, President of the Deaf-Blind Support Fund "Con-nection", Alexey Potemkin, an advisor in the field of International Relations, Alexander Konkov, Director of Rethinking Russia think tank, and Andrey Devyatkov, a senior expert at the Center for Strategic Research. The experts analyzed the different sources of Russian soft power, its strengths and weaknesses, as well as ways that it could be enhanced in the future.

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