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The Gorchakov Fund at the Eurasia Global: About the post-Soviet space and the new world order
The third day of the program the Gorchakov Fund on the sidelines of the International Youth Forum "Eurasia Global" was spent in discussions about current problems of the post-Soviet countries. The Fund is hosting panel sessions on strategic issues of the global agenda during the forum which is taking place in Orenburg on September 2-8.

Does the "post-Soviet space" exist as a single subject of research? Have the post-Soviet states achieved success on their own? According to Sergey Markedonov, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for International Studies of MGIMO University, the current situation in the countries, formed after the breakup of the USSR, has different characteristics; however their attention is still focused on the past:
"We hear very often that the post-Soviet space does not exist anymore – that countries, which were part of the Soviet Union, have succeeded and play their own role in the regional and global agendas. Legally, indeed, the USSR stopped to exist 30 years ago. However, de facto, the historical process of the breakup of the USSR has not ended, – believes the expert. – After destruction of the past, something new should appear. The USSR represented a framework of support of multinational world, and after it ceased to exist new forms and methods have not been invented. Today, the agenda in the post-Soviet space is, to a great extent, facing the past, and it means that it is too early to speak about the breakup of the USSR as a completed historical phase".
During the discussion, the experts provided a detailed analysis of events taking place in certain post-Soviet countries. Alexander Gushchin, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Post-Soviet and Interregional Studies, Associate Professor at the Department of Post-Soviet Countries at the Russian State University for the Humanities, paid special attention to the situation in Ukraine:

"The goal of the Crimean Platform Initiative is to give importance to the Crimean agenda on the international arena, consolidate Ukrainian allies and patrons. This being said, such countires of the Anglo-Saxon world as Canada and Australia were not represented by their top leaders at the forum on August 23. Turkey confined itself to a visit by the foreign minister. This confirms that Russia remains an important player on a large set of issues for the collective West under conditions of the new international configuration".

The program of the Gorchakov Fund was continued by a meeting with Fyodor Lukyanov, Director for Research at the Valdai International Discussion Club and Editor-in-Chief of Russia in Global Affairs magazine. The major discussion issue was characteristics of the developing world order. The expert emphasized an increasing level of selfishness of large and middle-sized countries.
"The process of globalization had seemed irreversible until March of 2020; however, the coronavirus pandemic demonstrated that, if required, it can be "turned off" and reversed. Understanding of that fact by the global community will result in rejection of the postulate about linear development of the world, which seemed to emerge following global changes of the 1980-1990s. It turned out that in the modern history cyclical turnarounds, which take us back and not forward, can exist", – added Fyodor Lukyanov.
The International Youth Forum "Eurasia Global" will end on Wednesday, September 8. Results of the grant contest of the Gorchakov Fund for foreign participants of the event will be announced the day before. The expert committee will select winners, who will receive grants in the amounts of 200 000, 300 000 and 500 000 rubles.

The International Forum "Eurasia Global" provides a platform for a practice-oriented dialogue of young representatives from Russia and other countries. The forum is taking place for the the sixth time and has brought together over 4000 young leaders from all over the world during the history of its existence. Organizers of the forum are the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs (Rosmolodezh), the Government of the Orenburg region, and the International Youth Center.