School “Teach Fish to Swim – 3. A Turn to the East” welcomes applications for the coming academic year

21 January 2019

On December 20, 2018-February 1, 2019 “Teach Fish to Swim” School is accepting applications for attendance in the area of “Analytical Support of the Russia’s Turn to the East: Psychology of Partners and Characteristics of Decision-Making”. The school will operate with the support of Russia in Global Politics magazine, Higher School of Economics, the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, and the Gorchakov Fund.

The Eastern direction was identified as a priority of the national policy. In practice, reorientation of Russia towards Asia faces obstacles. Partially due to the fact that for a long time a priority of the Western direction defined concentration of analytical resources on studying partners in Europe and the U.S., understanding of the worldview and political strategies of the neighbors in the east was on the periphery of attention, more precisely, remained in the focus of a small group of experts.

On the background of the rising role of Asia in global politics and under conditions of confrontation escalation between Russia and the West, understanding of the East in all its diversity and complexity is becoming a strategic goal of the Russian state, business and non-governmental organizations. It has a special meaning for public diplomacy – understanding of the audience in Asian countries is needed to create right influence on it.

In order to attend the school, applicants should be selected as the best 20 authors in an essay contest.

Terms of participation in the contest:

  • upload an essay of not more than 2000 words (not including a list of references, which is not required);

  • forward a resume and contact details (phone number and e-mail address);

  • share a message with the contest announcement and mention why you have decided to participate and need this project on one of the social media networks.

Essay topics:

  • A turn to the East in the foreign policy of Russia (under the sanctions);

  • Development of cooperation with foreign partners on the background of the turn to the East (using an example of countries/regions);

  • A case study: Implementation of priority projects on the background of the turn to the East (using foreign experience and cooperation with foreign partners).

Applications will be accepted until February 1, 2019. They should be uploaded here.

20 winners will be announced not later than February 15.

More information about the school is available here

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