Panel discussion “Society and World Politics”. Opinions and comments

16 October 2017

Panel discussion “Society and World Politics”, organized by the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund and MGIMO (U) under MFA of Russia, was held at the XIX World Festival of Youth and Students in Sochi.

Rector of MGIMO, Head of the Academic Board of the Gorchakov Fund Anatoly Torkunov served as a moderator of the panel. When welcoming the participants, he mentioned that youth today had a number of competencies, which allowed them resolving global problems.

Then the moderator gave the floor to Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Chairman of the Management Board of the Gorchakov Fund Sergey Lavrov. In his speech, the head of the Foreign Service stressed that the situation in the world was still complicated, new unprecedented challenges to security were emerging. Some governments were trying to pursue their own interests to the disadvantage of the team effort, impose their values onto other nations, and implement the practice of unilateral sanctions. All of that had seriously undermined trust to the international law. As a result of that – proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Read the full speech by Sergey Lavrov in Russian.

President of the Institute of Eurasian Studies, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy (2002-2004 and 2008-2011) Franco Frattini dedicated his presentations to the issues of global security. He acknowledged that the world had become a less safe place.

Executive Director of the Gorchakov Fund Leonid Drachevsky focused his speech on the place of the civil society in the world and the need to listen to it.

According to him, the time of autocracy, which everybody was fighting, has passed, but the time of mediacracy has come. Mass media took control of everything, including political weather and moral atmosphere; they define the policy of the whole world.

Leonid Drachevsky reminded of the words said by Serbian film director Emir Kusturica during educational program of the Gorchakov Fund “The Balkan Dialogue”: “The iron curtain does not exist anymore, but the CNN’s curtain does”.

Such state of affairs has resulted in the fact that people, who stand out of the common style, are placed in the category of those, who are not accepted in the polite society. 

The head of the Gorchakov Fund urged young people – participants of WFYS – to listen and to hear each other.

“We live in the era of post-truth. Everybody has come to terms that the fake news exists and impacts any given global events. However, we cannot accept that”, said Leonid Drachevsky.

A full text of the article in Russia can be found here