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The XVI Diplomatic Seminar of Young Experts: Deadline for applications has been extended!

Due to the national holidays in May and a large number of requests, the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund extends the deadline for submitting applications for the XVI Diplomatic Seminar of Young Experts. This year, the event will be organized in a hybrid format for the first time. Some participants and experts will attend the event in Moscow in-person while foreign and out-of-town colleagues will be able to participate online on Zoom.

The Diplomatic Seminar of Young Experts is a research and educational program and a youth platform for an open dialogue on the issues of cooperation in international relations, economy, law, public diplomacy and history. The project, which has been implemented since 2012, gathers an audience of over 300 professionals and experts from 30 neighboring countries and beyond. For many of them, participation in the project served as a good professional incentive for further research and social activities.

More information about the program is available here

The XVI Diplomatic Seminar will focus on the issues of global security, regional conflicts, strategic stability and arms control. Meetings with top scholars in the field of foreign affairs, prominent political scientists, politicians, historians and representatives of non-governmental organizations will be organized for the participants as part of the project.

Dates of the event: May 24-28, 2021.  

Place of the event: Moscow, online

Discussions during the Diplomatic Seminar will be organized in thematic blocks:

  • major challenges and threats to global security. Current state of security architecture;

  • regional hot and frozen conflicts: post-Soviet space, Eastern Europe, Middle East, the South China Sea;

  • future of arms control;

  • information and digital security;

  • importance of preserving historical memory in order to prevent conflicts in the world.

Who can attend?

  • students and postgraduates specializing in international relations, journalism, economics, political science and law;

  • representatives of NGOs, student unions and youth movements;

  • young scientists and historians from different regions of Russia, the CIS States, Europe, and Asia (young experts from other continents may also apply);

  • international journalists working in the field of foreign policy positioning.

 Age of participants: 18-30.

A group of participants will be formed based on results of an open competition.

How to apply?

  • in order to participate in the contest, please to fill out an application of the Gorchakov Fund

  • attach an essay on one of the regional conflicts of your choice where you will provide your vision of the reasons for that conflict and prospects for its resolution (not more than 5 000 characters).

Terms of participation:

  • organizers of the event will cover accommodation costs, meals and transfers in Moscow;

  • travel to/from Moscow is at the expense of the participants.

Authors of the best three essays will receive an opportunity to attend any in-person event of the Gorchakov Fund at the expense of the organization.

Final deadline for applications: May 11, 2021 at 11:59 pm Moscow time.

Working language of the event: Russian. 

All the applicants will be notified about the results of the competition by email.