The Council for Foreign and Defence Policy held the 25th anniversary Assembly with the support of the Gorchakov Fund

10 April 2017

On April 8-9, the Council for Foreign and Defence Policy held the 25th anniversary Assembly with the support of the Gorchakov Fund, which brought together the best political scientists in the field of foreign affairs and journalists to discuss the most pressing challenges of modern foreign affairs and world politics.


The main topic of the meeting, chaired by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov, was transformation of the system of world politics.


Apparently, changes in the political landscape are consequences of social and economic changes. The planet remains globally interconnected, but shapes and character of those interconnections are radically changing while competition between countries is sharply increasing.


During the discussion, leading economists, bankers, political scientists and diplomats discussed prospects and resources of Russia in the competition in the new post-global world as well as behavior strategies.


Despite the changes in the architecture of the world order, the role of traditional tools of its regulation, in particular, nuclear weapons, is preserved. Today, more than ever, the issue of developing rules of game and application of military and political means is of high priority.


The second discussion of the Assembly was dedicated to a discussion of the nuclear weapons and their role in the new era – if they serve as a guarantor of stability or, on the contrary, represent a threat to the world, how to avoid risks and develop effective rules of that game.

During the third session, a central theme was national identity under conditions of modern diversity of the society. This issue is extremely important for “coordinate” countries, where very different cultures co-exist and interact. Thus, the issue of what model of interaction of cultures and civilizations is acceptable in the modern world, how to transform cultural-religious and value-based diversity from a risk factor into a guarantee of development and success in the global world are on the agenda today. Not only political scientists, but also scientists-anthropologists discussed that problem.