The Balkan Dialogue – 2021: Call for applications!

The Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund begins accepting applications for participation in its annual international program “The Balkan Dialogue – 2021”. This year the program will be held as an in-person event and will take place in Thessaloniki (Greece).

The place of the event was chosen for a reason. In November of 2020, during his official visit to Athens Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov signed a "Joint Memorandum on carrying out the Greek-Russian history year in 2021" with his Greek colleague Nikos Dendias, which envisages a number of official event, including the Balkan Dialogue – 2021.

The agenda of the Balkan Dialogue – 2021 expects discussions of geopolitical events in the region, trade and economic activities of the Balkan countries, development of a public opinion and a political culture in the Balkans, modern challenges to stability and security in the region, prospects of cooperation of the Balkan countries with Russia on the background of the Euro-integration and other issues. Special emphasis will be placed on both, intensification of Russian-Greek cooperation and the historical process of establishment of the Greek Republic 200 years ago. The attendees and the speakers will pay special attention to building international youth cooperation and development of ethno-diplomacy.

Dates: November 17-21, 2021
Place: Moscow, Russia
Languages: Russian, English, Greek

Who can attend?
- young professionals in the areas of international relations, policy, economy, history of the Balkans;
- activists of NGOs participating in international activities and focusing on the problems of public diplomacy;
- representatives of local and regional self-governing bodies and government agencies;
- undergraduate and graduate students, instructors of field-specific faculties;
- journalists specializing on the issues of the Balkan region.

Age of participants: 18-35.

The group of attendees will be selected based on results of the competition.

How to apply?
- complete an application form of the Gorchakov Fund;
- attach an essay on one of the topics listed below (volume – not more than 10 000 characters):
1. The role of Russia in the development of Greek sovereignty;
2. Economic cooperation between Russia and countries of the Balkan Peninsula during the COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 periods;
3. Trends and opportunities for expansion of political cooperation in the areas of global, regional and bilateral relations between Russia and the Balkans;
4. Emerging threats to security in the Western Balkans: the role of Russia in the regional security architecture;
5. The state of Russian-Balkan youth cooperation and opportunities for its further development.

Terms of participation:

The organizers will provide:
- visa support for Russian participants going to Greece;
- accommodation in double rooms;
- meals and transfers on the territory of Greece.

The attendees will be responsible for:
- a visa fee (if it is not possible to receive a cultural exchange visa);
- travel to/from the event;
- PCR COVID test;
- medical insurance.

Attention! The Gorchakov Fund will cover expenses associated with travel to/from the event for authors of the three best essays.

Deadline for applications: September 26, 2021 at 11:59 pm.

Results of the competition will be announced on October 1. All applicants will be notified via email.

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