For several days, students, future diplomats, and international relations specialists have a unique opportunity to communicate with representatives of the professional diplomatic community on topical issues of the foreign policy agenda.
Russian and foreign diplomats, heads of departments of the Russian Foreign Ministry, experts and international scientists from MGIMO, MSU, St. Petersburg State University and other leading universities of our country take part in the events of the annual Week of Russian Diplomacy.
The Week of Russian Diplomacy is held in a mixed online/offline format and includes scientific events: conferences, lectures and seminars, and “round tables” designed for a wide audience, discussions and workshops on the history and modern problems of international relations.
With the support of the representative office of the Governor of the Samara Region under the President of Russia and the Government of the Russian Federation with Samara students Samaritans – students of MGIMO, MSU, St. Petersburg State University and other universities of Moscow and St. Petersburg participate in the Week of Russian Diplomacy in the online format.
In 2019, the guests of the Week of Russian Diplomacy were representatives of the Veterans Council of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation N.M. Vladimir and Associate Professor of the Department of International Relations of MEPHI E.M. Morozov.
In 2021, in the Week of Russian Diplomacy devoted to the issues of the pandemic influence on international relations and the development of public diplomacy took part Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs F.M. Mukhametshin, Chairman of the Council of Young Diplomats of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia K.O. Kolpakov, Chairman of the Council of the Association of Russian Diplomats I.V. Halevinsky, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Russian Federation V.N. Istratov, Consul General of the Republic of Cyprus in Samara Sophocleus Olimbiu Maria, Head of the Department of American Studies of the Faculty of International Relations of St. Petersburg State University N.A. Tsvetkova and many other experts, specialists and international scientists.
In 2022 the Week of Russian Diplomacy was devoted to the problems and prospects of integration processes in the modern world. The main speakers were Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs F.M. Mukhametshin; Ambassador at Large, Head of the Secretariat of the Russia-Africa Partnership Forum O.B. Ozerov; Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Ethiopia and Plenipotentiary Representative of the Russian Federation to the African Union E.E. Terekhin; Director for International Cooperation, “Russia Today” news agency V.V. Pushkov; Director of the Institute of Latin America of the Russian Academy of Sciences Dr. D.V.Razumovsky; Deputy Director of the Institute of Latin America of the Russian Academy of Sciences Dr. D.M.Rosenthal and many others.
During the 3rd Week of Russian Diplomacy was signed an agreement on cooperation in the scientific and educational spheres between Samara University and the Institute for Latin America of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The Regional Center for the Development of Public Diplomacy and International Relations named after E. M. Primakov and the Social-Humanitarian Institute will take part in joint projects on behalf of Samara University.
In 2023 the Week of Russian Diplomacy was devoted to the prospects of BRICS. It was attended by Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs F.M.Mukhametshin; Ambassador-at-Large of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Russian Ambassador to BRICS P.R. Knyazev; Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federative Republic of Brazil to the Russian Federation Rodrigo de Lima Baena Soares; Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of South Africa and concurrently in the Kingdom of Lesotho I.I. Rogachev; Deputy Head of Rossotrudnichestvo, Ph.D in Political Sciences D.V. Polikanov; Acting Director of the Institute of China and Modern Asia of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Ph.D. in Philological Sciences, Prof. K.V. Babaev; Acting Director of the Institute of Latin America of the Russian Academy of Sciences D.M. Rosenthal; representatives of MIA “Russia Today” and many others.
Dear colleagues, students of higher educational institutions of the Samara region and everyone interested in the history and topical issues of international relations are invited to participate in the annual Week of Russian Diplomacy.
Today’s topic speeches were started by the Scientific Secretary of the Institute of the USA and Canada named after Academician G.A. Arbatov RAS Ph.D. in Political Sciences Andrey S. Evseenko. In his report, he emphasized that the tense relations of individual countries with the West do not affect the unification of the BRICS, because “the priority is to maintain the status quo”.
Cooperation between Brazil, India, China, Russia and South Africa is the main topic of the IV Week of Russian Diplomacy “BRICS-2023: New Challenges and Development Prospects in the Context of International Instability”, which started at Samara University at the Regional Center for Development of Public Diplomacy and International Relations named after Evgeniy M.Primakov
No doubt, the transition of certain spheres of online life has opened up a wide range of opportunities not only for communication, but also for improving professional skills through distance learning. Dmitry Babich, a columnist for InoSMI, a member of the “Russia Today” media group, emphasized the need for lifelong learning to always “be in trend”.
On April 11, 2023, Ilya I. Rogachev, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of South Africa and concurrently to the Kingdom of Lesotho, began thematic speeches. In his speech, Ilya I. Rogachev, quoting the statement of the African ethical doctrine of Ubuntu: “I exist because you exist,” noted the high commitment of the BRICS member countries to joint activities.
Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs Farit M. Mukhametshin addressed the participants of the Week of Diplomacy with a welcoming speech. In his speech, Farit M. Mukhametshin expressed confidence that the implementation of such educational projects allows students to get acquainted with the activities of current political figures in practice. In his welcoming speech, Pavel R. Knyazev, Ambassador-at-Large of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Russia’s Representative in BRICS, and Dmitry V. Polikanov, Deputy Head of Rossotrudnichestvo, PhD in Political Sciences. They focused attention not only on the high rates of BRICS development, but also on the special commitment of states to traditional values.
Opening the event, Farit Mukhametshin noted that holding the Week of Russian Diplomacy at Samara University has become a good tradition: “Russia acts as one of the sovereign centers of world development and carries out the mission to maintain the global balance of power in a multipolar world. The Federation Council attaches great importance to cooperation with the BRICS countries. On the agenda the issue of strengthening trade and economic relations with the countries of this bloc”.
Russian and foreign diplomats, experts, international scholars and ambassadors of our country, other states gathered at Samara University. Those who are not physically present here joined online. “The Week of Russian Diplomacy” started for the fourth time in the Regional Centre for Development of Public Diplomacy and International Relations named after Yevgeniy M. Primakov.
This year it is dedicated to the prospects of the BRICS development in global governance, as well as to the issues of interstate cooperation in the framework of trade and economic relations. It should be reminded that in 2024 Russia will lead the BRICS interstate association, and the central events will be held in the Volga Federal District – in Kazan.
Students of various faculties of Samara University took part in the work of the club. The topic of the meeting was Eurasian integration: its history, prerequisites and possible prospects. During the lively discussion, the participants exchanged their views and vision of the future of the Eurasian integration project.