“Soft Power” and the Crisis in the Theory of International Relations”. A lecture by Nikolay Yudin at the Gorchakov Fund

25 January 2019

The Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund invites you to attend a lecture by Associate Professor of the Department of International Organizations and World Political Processes, Deputy Director of the Center for Security and Development Studies of the School of World Politics at Moscow State University Nikolay Yudin “Soft Power” and the Crisis in the Theory of International Relations”, which will take place in Moscow on January 31.

The concept of “soft power” is, without exaggeration, one of the major cornerstones and pillars of all international political science. It is used to analyze history of international relations and their current state, to build forecasts and scenarios of the future development. Considering fundamental importance of this concept, it seems that there should not be any white spots left in its definition at the present moment. And, at first glance, it is true. New concepts and definitions are being constantly invented: from the ones that have already become well-known like “soft”, “smart” to some much more extravagant like “sticky”, “sharp”, “intricate” and other “powers”. It seems like studies of the power have penetrated into all areas of international life adequately reflecting changing realities of international interactions and promptly responding to needs of politicians and strategists.

However, theoretical emptiness and deepening disconnection with objective needs of the analysis of international political processes are hidden behind that external well-being. The concept of “soft power”, suggested by U.S. political scientist Joseph Nye, serves as the brightest example demonstrating those negative trends.

Venue of the event: The Gorchakov Fund (10/1 Yakovoapostolsky pereulok, Moscow).

The event will start at 7:00 pm Moscow time (the registration will open at 6:30 pm Moscow time).

Preliminary registration is available here

The working language of the event is Russian (no interpretation will be provided).