The XII Diplomatic Seminar: Day 1

21 November 2018

Kazan, November 21 – Anna Gorokhova – The XII Diplomatic Seminar of Young Experts of the Gorchakov Fund has opened in Kazan. Partners of the project are the Institute of International Relations of Kazan Federal University and the Academy of Youth Diplomacy,

Member of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of Russia Irek Zinnurov, Vice-Rector for International Relations of Kazan Federal University Linar Latypov, Deputy Executive Director of the Gorchakov Fund Roman Grishenin and Deputy Minister for Youth Affairs of Tatarstan Timur Syleymanov addressed the participants with a welcome speech.

“A diplomat has to be a patriot of his country, otherwise he will fail – instructed the participants Linar Latypov. – I wish you success on the road you’ve chosen and efficient work”.

Roman Grishenin mentioned that the Diplomatic Seminar was taking place together with the International Youth Media School “Kazan 2018” – a project of the Gorchakov Fund, News Agency REGNUM and the Russian-Baltic Media Center. Participants of the media school are Russian-speaking young journalists from different countries. “Professions of a diplomat and a journalist are closely related. We think that bringing these projects together and communication among the participants are beneficial for future activities on both sides”, he emphasized.

Chief Editor of the project “SONAR-2050” Semyon Uralov mentioned that national policies of EEU member countries were significantly influencing their foreign policies as well as their national obligations inside the union. The problem of the integration association is that economic agents perceive each other as competitors. The expert also provided recent data from opinion polls held among the youth of Belarus and stressed that the Eurasian idea had received much less support than the European one: a number of positive assessments of the European Union had reached 50% of the total number of respondents.

Senior Expert of the Eurasian Sector of the Center of Comprehensive European and International Studies at the Higher School of Economics Alexey Bezborodov spoke about pretentiousness of certain statements made by the member countries of the Eurasian integration. He was skeptical about implementation of the idea of large-scale Chinese investments into Russian infrastructure projects in the near future and predicted that such negotiations would bring actual results not earlier than in 2030.

Director of the Laboratory of International Processes Analysis at MGIMO (U) under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia Andrey Sushentsov called each nation an Atlas responsible for holding up its part of the celestial heavens. “Atlases are not emotional; they are focused on only one thought – to hold up their own part”.

"The Russian foreign policy today is fundamentally pragmatic and ideologized because of the communist injury”, said the speaker. However, according to him, we should remember that elites are changing and people, who have not been united by the common Soviet experience, are coming to power in the post-Soviet space.