As part of our educational project, a meeting of the section “World Politics and the History of Diplomacy” of the XLIX Samara Regional Student Scientific Conference was held.
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.