Participants of the roundtable held within the framework of the All-Russian Congress of Political Scientists supported the idea of the Gorchakov Fund about establishing a research committee on public diplomacy

23 November 2015

On November 21, the Gorchakov Fund organized a roundtable on the topic of “Public Diplomacy under Modern International Challenges”. The event was held at the premises of MGIMO (U) under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia within the framework of the 7th All-Russian Congress of Political Scientists, arranged by the Russian Political Science Association (RPSA) and dedicated to the 60th anniversary of union of national political science.


Leading academic organizations participated in the discussion of burning issues of theoretical interpretation of the Russian public diplomacy: Institute of Oriental Studies RAS, Lomonosov Moscow State University, St. Petersburg State University, the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia, the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation, Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, Volgograd State University, Volga State University of Technology and others. Professionals working in different areas of public diplomacy – representatives of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rossotrudnichestvo, Russkiy Mir Foundation, the Norden Association – participated as experts in the discussion. Foreign guests of the Congress of Political Scientists from Armenia and Turkey also shared their opinions.


During the roundtable, its participants expressed support of the initiative of the Gorchakov Fund to establish a committee on public diplomacy within the framework of the Russian political science community, which will be able to unite all the national researchers, involved in studying those topics, and systematize existing and future theoretical know-how. An initiative group was formed based of the agreements achieved at the roundtable.

We thank the Russian Political Science Association and its President Oksana Gama-Golutvina for the support of the initiative of the Gorchakov Fund.