The IX Diplomatic Seminar. Day 2. Historical memory and media wars in Europe

30 May 2016

The second working day of the IX Diplomatic Seminar was held in Svetlogorsk on the shore of the Baltic Sea. Together with Professor of Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University and member of the Academy of Military Sciences of the Russian Federation Dr. Gennady Kretinin participants talked about historical memory and if the youth was able to pass that memory to the next generation. The expert shared stories about the East Prussian offensive of 1945 and reminded what price had been paid by the Soviet army to storm the fascist citadel.


Russian journalist, military expert and Editor-in-Chief of The National Defense Igor Korotchenko spoke about interconnections between the Internet and printed media and shared his thoughts about today’s propaganda. In particular, it was noted that the role of media wars should have been assessed on a global level, that a need had emerged to develop international agreements on the topic of the discussion, above all, on the basis of the UN.


In the second half of the day, the participants split into three interest groups: Central Asia and Caucasus, Eastern Europe and USA – EU. Young experts identified specific problems within the framework of their groups and worked on developing solutions.


Results of the group work allowed discovering a number of weaknesses in the regions.


After drawing conclusions of the self-guided work, Program Coordinator and Managing Editor of the website of the Russian Council for International Affairs Darya Khaspekova held master class “Academic Letter in International Relations as an Art of Catching the Interest”. The participants were introduced to the basics of writing academic articles and op-eds, they learnt how to work on a text and to attract readers. A thought building chain, argumentation, work on the style, appropriate and inappropriate phrases – all of that had become a subject of questions to the speaker from the audience.

In the end of the session, the participants received a home task targeting work with printed materials and preparation of joint projects.