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Russia in global dialogue

Europe’s current debate on Russia is focused on what the country lacks – democracy, rule of law, modernization. At the same time, Russia is far from immune to conspiracy theories attempting to explain the modern world. With Moscow’s recent return to power politics and the fear of a new Cold War there is an urgent need for the Western public to re-engage with the complexity of Russia. This focal point – in cooperation with the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) – is an attempt to answer this need.

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Russia, Europe and the world

Does Europe get Russia right? And does Russia get the world right? In the two decades after the end of the Cold War the intellectual interaction between Russia and Europe has intensified, but paradoxically what we witness is a constant failure to come up with a common conversation.

Europe’s current debate on Russia is solely focused on what Russia lacks – democracy, rule of law, modernization – and there is a tendency to try to view Putin’s Russia as a paperback edition of the Soviet Union. At the same time, Russian public debate is far from immune to conspiracy theories in trying to explain the changes in the modern world.

There is an urgent need for re-engagement between Russia’s debate on the directions of the world and Europe’s debate on the choices that Russia faces. With Russia’s recent return to power politics, and the fears of a new Cold War this has resurrected in the West, the situation is more acute than ever. The focal point “Russia in global dialogue” is an attempt to answer this need.