School of Public Diplomacy in Armenia: meetings, lectures, projects

05 October 2015

The School of Public Diplomacy, support by the Gorchakov Fund, completed its work in Armenia. It was held by the “All-Armenia Youth Center “Serund”.


The first four days in October turned out to be productive for participants of the event. They were able to meet with Russian diplomats, attend lectures by respected political scientists, develop and present their own projects.


The attendees of the School of Public Diplomacy were hosted by Consul Ambassador of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Armenia Andrey Ivanov. The guests learnt about the work of the embassy, events dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War, which had been held jointly with the Russian Science and Culture Center in Yerevan, and major areas of activities of the organization. The students of the School and the Russian diplomats exchanged opinions about recent global events.


The School’s program of lectures was opened by Executive Director of the Eurasian Political Studies Network Vitaly Merkushev. He taught a master class on “Diasporas and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) as part of informal world politics”.


Professor at the Department of Comparative Political Studies of MGIMO, member of the Gorchakov Fund’s Club of Friends Dr. Yelena Ponomareva introduced the audience to technologies affecting foreign policy decisions made by the states. The presentation, made by Yelena Ponomareva, demonstrated concepts of big politics and media wars as well as national interests of the states. In the course of the discussion, media opportunities and resources of global players, derationalization of thought and consciousness, and deformational of historic memory were covered.


Associate Professor at the Foreign Regional Studies and Foreign Policy Department of the Russian State University for the Humanities, Expert of the Russian Council on Foreign Affairs, member of the Gorchakov Fund’s Club of Friends   Sergey Markedonov, when presenting at the Russian-Armenian (Slavic) University, told the audience of the School of Public Diplomacy about prospects for establishing the new world order and “double standards”.


Rector of the Russian-Armenian (Slavic) University Armen Darbinyan, while greeting the atteends of the School, thanked the Gorchakov Fund for its support of such an important event for educating young political scientists. He taught a master class in the topic of “Public speaking: influence and manipulation”.


On the last day of the program, its participants took part in a “duel of thoughts”. The attendees were defending their own projects during informal debates (on the sidelines). The most interesting projects might be implemented in the nearest future.

The classes at the School of Public Diplomacy were completed by conferring diplomas.