July 27, Grozny. The Caucasus Dialogue – ready to roll!

27 July 2016

On July 27, the Caucasus Dialogue-2016 has opened in Grozny. Young political scientists, journalists, scholars, students and post-graduates as well as representatives of federal and regional governmental agencies fr om Russia, Abkhazia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia and South Ossetia have gathered together in the capital of the Chechen Republic to discuss problems of Caucasus and global turbulence.


The annual international research and educational project of the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund is being held with support of the Ministry for Youth Affairs of the Chechen Republic.


Participant of the very first Caucasus Dialogue Alexey Tokarev has provided a positive assessment of the project. In particular, he wrote on his Facebook page: “Since yesterday the Gorchakov Fund has been implementing a very cool project in Grozny for the second time. They bring together young experts from the Caucasus countries under the leadership of such mastodons in Caucasus studies as Sergey Markedonov, Nikolay Silayev and Akhmet Yarlykapov and introduce them to each other very fast, providing, for example, an opportunity to Georgians, Abkhazians and Ossetians to discuss conflicts and ways to resolve them, but not in London (which happens more often with those nations thanks to our western mortal friends), but in Chechnya”.


Alexey Tokarev stressed how important it was “to demonstrate to national and international youth a Russian success story in regards to resolving conflicts and a real working model of the interethnic world”.


“On one hand, the guys see modern Chechnya with all its specific characteristics like a regional personality cult. On the other hand, they understand that Grozny, including at night, is an absolutely safe and very hospitable city. Wh ere else would a driver when seeing a group of tourists stop his LADA Priora and a passenger look out of the window, wave at them an say smiling: “Welcome to Grozny?!”, writes the expert.


According to him, “classical charm of the real “soft power” is to unite, educate, introduce, develop contacts, and demonstrate really successful achievements of the Russian national policy of the recent years. The Gorchakov Fund will be using that project in the coming several days to give hope that not only Russian arms have the future”.

Points of view of the authors, published on the website  http://gorchakovfund.ru/en/, might not coincide with a position of the Gorchakov Fund.