VII Diplomatic Seminar. Modern processes of global development and collective security

06 May 2015

The seventh Diplomatic Seminar opened in sun-drenched Moscow on May 6. This conference of young professionals is special as its participants came to the Russian capital from 14 neighboring countries and beyond while it is preparing to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory.


The guests of the seminar were welcomed by Deputy Executive Director of the Gorchakov Fund Roman Grishenin. He mentioned that after implementation of this research and educational program three years ago, it has been recognized on the post-Soviet space and an increasing number of applications for participation is received by the organizers.


Roman Grishenin stressed importance of assessment from Russian perspective of foreign policy changes happening right in front of our eyes.


Besides delegates from abroad, a considerable number of representatives from territorial entities of the Russian Federation are present at the Diplomatic Seminar. A program for participants from the regions of Russia is especially beneficial, according to Roman Grishenin, as the foreign policy of the country does not end at the borders of Moscow. The seminar provides an idea about an opportunity for social lift in the field of international relations.


After the presentation made by the Gorchakov Fund on its programs and projects and the story of the organization’s successes, a plenary discussion focusing on analysis of modern processes of global development began.

The discussion was opened by Executive Director of the National Energy Security Fund Konstantin Simonov. The discussion could not go by such a burning topic as construction of new gas pipelines to Europe.

Director of the Center for Partnership of Civilizations, Russian diplomat Veniamin Popov called the current era unprecedentedly crucial. According to him, the observed transfer to the 6th technological mode coincided with a colossal breakage of the whole system of international relations. The speaker also told about the process of disruption of the unipolar world.

Such wide-scale global changes always hold threats and challenges for the planet and its separate corners. Another meeting of the first working day was devoted to the issues of energy security on the post-Soviet space. The participants of the program were hosted by CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha.

He underlined effectiveness of the countries’ joint protection of their interests. Coordination of foreign policy activities, development of a common position within the framework of joint statements on sensitive issues – political cooperation is determined by a need for collective confrontation to challenges and threats.


However, just coordination of activities on a leadership level is not always sufficient. Nikolai Bordyuzha believes that public diplomacy helps to avoid many critical moments arising between states.


Group discussions completed the program of the first day. One of them was focused on exploring if world’s color revolutions are an intervention or they should be considered as natural internal state processes. Another one involved discussion of the Russia's position in regards to cyberwars.

Member of the Gorchakov Fund’s Club of Friends, Executive Director of the Center for Strategic Assessments and Forecasts Sergey Grinyaev introduced the audience to the Arctic as a new object of geopolitical interests. According to him, the Arctic Council, founded in 1996, can become a new global center of power.

The discussion also involved research – analysis of motives and action strategies of the countries-observers in the Arctic Council, which had been held by experts of the Center for Strategic Assessments and Forecasts with participation of the Gorchakov Fund.