December 4–8 2022, Moscow
Meeting of Graduates of the Primakov Readings Youth Session
Program
December 4, Sunday
Throughout the day
Throughout the day
Arrival in Moscow, check-in
17:00 – 18:30
17:00 – 18:30
«Russia in the International Arena: 2022 Highlights and Outputs»
Fyodor Lukyanov, Editor-in-Chief of Russia in Global Affairs magazine, Chairman of the Presidium of the Council for Foreign and Defense Policy
Moderator: Victoria Karslieva, Executive Director of the Evgeniy Primakov Center for International Cooperation
19:00 – 20:30
19:00 – 20:30
Dinner
December 5, Monday
10:30 – 11:00
10:30 – 11:00
Welcome coffee
11:00 – 11:30
11:00 – 11:30
Official opening of the Primakov Readings-2022 Youth Session
Welcoming remarks
Feodor Voitolovsky, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Dr. of Sciences (Politics), Director of the IMEMO
Victoria Karslieva, Executive Director of the Evgeniy Primakov Center for International Cooperation
11:30 – 12:30
11:30 – 12:30
«The Emerging World Order: Approaches to Systems Analysis»
Feodor Voitolovsky, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Dr. of Sciences (Politics), Director of the IMEMO
Moderator: Maria Khorolskaya, Cand.of Sciences (Politics), Research Fellow at the Department for European Political Studies, Co-Chair of the Council of Young Scientists and Specialists, IMEMO
12:30 – 13:00
12:30 – 13:00
Coffee break
13:00 – 14:30
13:00 – 14:30
«The Post-Soviet States in the Modern Geopolitical Landscape»
Sergey Markedonov, Lead Researcher at the Center for Euro-Asian Studies, Institute for International Studies, MGIMO University
Moderator: Artem Adrianov, Project Manager of the Evgeniy Primakov Center for International Cooperation
14:30 – 15:30
14:30 – 15:30
Lunch
15:30 – 17:00
15:30 – 17:00
Session on the topic «Current Trends in the Post-Soviet Space»
Archil Sikharulidze – «Russia-Georgia Relations Amid the Special Military Operation in Ukraine»
Bakhtiyor Alimjanov – «The Republic of Uzbekistan as Russia's Partnering State in Central Asia»
Inga Eritsyan – «The Probability of a "Rematch" Scenario Playing Out on the Part of the De Facto Post-Soviet States»
Evgeniya Shavina – «Ways To Reinforce Integration within the Eurasian Economic Union Amidst Russia's Pivot to the East»

Moderator: Evgeniya Goryushina, PhD in Political Sciences, Researcher
at the Laboratory of Political Science and Law of the Southern Scientific Center
of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Discussion (4 ppl) – 5-7 minutes per speech
17:00 – 17:30
17:00 – 17:30
Coffee break
17:30 – 19:00
17:30 – 19:00
«Contemporary International Security Architecture»
Dmitry Trenin, Cand.of Science (History), Member of the Council for Foreign and Defense Policy and the Russian International Affairs Counicl, Lead Researcher
at the Center for International Security, IMEMO
Moderator: Nikita Makurin, Project Director of the Evgeniy Primakov Center for International Cooperation
19:00 – 20:00
19:00 – 20:00
Session on the topic «Regional Perception of Russia's Foreign Policy»
Leili Rustamova – «Cancel Culture in Western Policy Towards Russia»
Alexey Khlebnikov – «The Impact of the Ukrainian Crisis on the Foreign Policies of Middle Eastern Countries»
Yana Leksyutina – «The Impact of the Ukrainian Crisis on the Foreign Policies of Asia-Pacific Countries»

Moderator: Victoria Karslieva, Executive Director of the Evgeniy Primakov Center for International Cooperation

Discussion (3 ppl) – 5-7 minutes per speech
21:00 – 22:00
21:00 – 22:00
Dinner
Participants
Anton Afanasyev
afanasyev.anton@gmail.com
Born September 14, 1988. PhD in Economics, Leading Researcher, Authorized representative of the Rector of Southern Federal University for international relations in the Black Sea Region, State expert in the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Working Group on Science and Technology, Deputy co-chair of the Russian side of the Turkish-Russian Civic Forum’s Committee on science and education, Vice-president for international relations of the Black Sea Academic and Research Cooperation Facilitation Association (BSAARC).
Areas of scientific interest: Science Diplomacy, Cooperation in Science and Technology, Foresight, Technology transfer, Emerging technologies, Internationalization of projects, Multicultural communication, Data visualization.
2018
Bakhtiyor Alimjanov
Born April 7, 1985. Candidate of Historical Sciences, political scientist, specialist in the economic and ideological history of Central Asia.
Areas of scientific interest: economic history, history of political doctrines, modern international relations, ideology.
felix_1985@mail.ru
2019
Artur Almametov
tj7322@gmail.com
Born March 3, 2000. MGIMO master student, market research specialist in Rosatom.
Areas of scientific interest: International security, energy research, theory and methodology of IR research.
2022
Victoria Arutyunyan
mdrx1@mail.ru
Born February 16, 1998. Senior consultant of the Department of Physical Culture and Sport of Lipetsk region: 2nd-year-student, Financial University Under the Government of the Russian Federation (management).
Areas of scientific interest: International affairs, public diplomacy.
2019
Dmitry Balashov
balashovdmitry@mail.ru
Born January 6, 1986. Lecturer at the Department of Theory of Law and Comparative Law of the Faculty of Law, HSE University.
Areas of scientific interest: Political Philosophy, Theories of Global Justice, International Relations Theory.
2021
Ayar Basharan
basaranayar@gmail.com
Born February 18, 1993. PhD student in MGIMO, graduate of Ankara University (BA) and Bilkent University (MA).
The Role of Identity in Turkey's Foreign Policy (particularly in South Caucasus and Central Asia)
Areas of scientific interest: Eurasian Politics, Russian foreign policy, Turkish-Russian Relations.
2022
Darya Bobarykina
d.bobarykina@mail.ru
Born July 21, 1998. Laboratory researcher at the Department of African Studies and Arabic Studies of the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia. Graduated from the Master's program "Comparative Politics of Eurasia", National Research University "Higher School of Economics" in St. Petersburg. Was an intern at the Scientific and Educational Laboratory for Monitoring the Risks of Socio-Political Destabilization (July-September 2021) and at the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies (Doha, December 2021-March 2022).
Areas of scientific interest: the role of Russia in the regions of the Middle East and Central Asia, post-conflict peacebuilding, the problem of terrorism and countering it, the problem of human rights in authoritarian regimes, constitutional law in post-conflict countries, destabilization processes in Sahel.
2022
Fedor Bugaev
fedor.bugayev@gmail.com
Born November 11, 1997. Currently is a postgraduate student at the Saint Petersburg State University acquiring a Degree in Political Sciences. Expert of the Institute of Contemporary International Studies of the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. Took part in various international forums, conferences, and educational programmes, such as the Diplomatic Seminar of Young Experts, the Caucasus Dialogue, the Youth Forum of the Potsdam Meetings, the Balkan Dialogue.
Areas of scientific interest: Geopolitical Transformations in the Post-Soviet Region, Public Diplomacy of Russia, “Soft Power” in International Relations.
2022
Milosava Cerovic
cerovicmila@mail.ru
Born August 3, 1995. In 2018 graduated with a bachelor's degree and specialization at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Montenegro and University of Porto, Portugal, with a major in International Relations. In 2021 graduated from the Faculty of World Economy and World Politics at the National Research University Higher School of Economics with a major in Asian and European Studies. Since November 01, 2021 a candidate for a master's degree in Comparative Political Science at MGIMO. Fluent in English, Russian, Portuguese and Spanish.
Areas of scientific interest: Russian-Serbian relations, Central Asia.
2021
Tatyana Cherkashina
tata_davydoffa@mail.ru
Born October 10, 1982. Сandidate of Sciences (History), Associate Professor at the Department of History and International Relations Theory, Omsk State University.
Areas of scientific interest: Contemporary International Relations, Global Politics, Information Confrontation Between Russia and the West, British Foreign Policy.
2018
Artem Dankov
artemdankov2015@gmail.com
Born April 15, 1983. PhD (History), Director of the Confucius Institute, Associate Professor of the Department of World Politics of the Faculty of History and Political Sciences at Tomsk State University, expert of the Russian Council on International Affairs, Information and Analytical Center of Moscow State University, Center for Eurasian Studies of TSU, expert club "Siberia- Eurasia".
Author’s page on RIAC portal
Areas of scientific interest: Post-Soviet region, the history of the Russian and British empires, the history of China and the countries of Central Asia, the demographic dimension of international relations.
2017
Kristina Denisenko
mail.kristina@mail.ru
Born December 15, 1996. Currently is a postgraduate student at the Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations as well as a Junior Research Fellow at the Centre for European Studies, Section of European Countries' Economy. Obtains a Master's Degree in International Relations (MAIB). She is an alumna of the German-Russian Double Degree Programme of Free University Berlin, Humboldt University Berlin, Potsdam University and Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). Kristina takes an active part in various international scientific and educational programmes.
Areas of scientific interest: Germany's chemical industry, German TNC's, Germany's positions on the global markets, Germany's economy, German-Russian trade relations, Germany's role in the EU's decision-making.
2022
Alla Dovgan
dovgan.a.a@yandex.ru
Vice President for Communications and International Cooperation of the National Association of Digital Economy. Master of Law and Master of Public and Municipal Administration. Semi-finalist of the management competition "Leaders of Russia-2020". Media consultant, journalist. Moscow – Simferopol (Republic of Crimea).
Areas of scientific interest: Parliamentarism, political parties, information technologies in politics, information wars, digital economy, digital diplomacy, soft power of Russia, post-Soviet space.
2021
Denis Eremin
eremindp1994@gmail.com
Born December 18, 1994. M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of History. Postgraduate student at the Institute of Europe, Russian Academy of Science. Junior Research Fellow, Department of Black and Mediterranean sea studies, Institute of Europe, Russian Academy of Science.
Areas of scientific interest: South-Eastern Europe, contemporary history of the Balkans, Yugoslav crisis, political transformation of the post-Yugoslav area, national issue at the turn of the 20th-21st centuries.
2022
Inga Eritsyan
eritsyan.inga@mail.ru
Born November 19. Senior Lecturer, Department of International Relations and Customs, "Baikal State University".
Problems of Development of the Electoral System in the De Facto Post-Soviet States
Areas of scientific interest: international intercourse, former Soviet Union, de facto states, domestic policy of de facto states, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Transnistria, Stepanakert.
2018
Fan Xiukai
fanxiukai001@163.com
Born April 1, 1997. FAN Xiukai has a combined background in economics, international trade, public policy, global and area studies, and is committed to the development of global regional cooperation initiative and global digital transformation. With the fully funded Government Scholarship of Russian Federation, he completed his master's studies at St. Petersburg State University. As the global research assistant of ZJU-AIF, he participated in a series of FinTech projects led by Central Bank of China. Xiukai has completed his higher education in China, Russia and Israel. Now, he is pursuing his third master's degree at Oxford University, with a focus on regional politics and economic studies.
Areas of scientific interest: Global and Areas Studies, Finance and Economics, International Trade and International Relations, Public Policy.
2021
2022
Victoria Fedosova
victoria33fedos@gmail.com
Born March 3, 1996. Deputy Director of Institute for strategic analysis and forecasting (RUDN), YouTube host, the finalist of “Leaders of Russia Politics” competition, graduate of the “Woman Leader” educational programme by the Senezh Management Workshop; graduate of MGIMO, Lomonosov Moscow State University
Areas of scientific interest: Information warfare, social engineering, theoretical approaches to the problem of sovereignty, energy security and securitization, comparative politics, political systems.
Transformation of sovereignty in the EU context
2022
Evgeniya Goryushina
esherder@gmail.com
Born March 9, 1986. PhD in Political Sciences, Researcher at the Laboratory of Political Science and Law of the Southern Scientific Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Rostov-on-Don), 14 years of studying security and political instability in the Caucasus and the South of Russia, taking into account the role of historical memory and its influence on modern socio-political processes. She has collected over 150 in-depth interviews with ex-combatants and (or) eyewitnesses of armed violence in wars and conflicts of the post-Soviet period (2017-2021). Author of over 80 publications. Expert of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC).
The Memory Policy in the Caucasus after 1989: a Theoretical Basis for the War Narrative in Chechnya
Areas of scientific interest: regional security, political anthropology of post-Soviet wars and conflicts, historical memory as a political risk of instability, politics of memory in the Caucasus.
2017
Artemiy Guziy
artemy.guzy@yandex.ru
Born April 5, 1990. Master of Political Science of HSE National University of Economics, tutor of the competitions in law.
Areas of scientific interest: international criminal law.
2017
Elena Karnaukhova
karnaukhova@pircenter.org
Born April 9, 1996. PIR Center Deputy Director – Education and Training Program Director. Holds bachelor’s and master’s honours degrees in International Relations with major in International Security from the School of World Politics of Lomonosov Moscow State University (2018, 2020). Since 2020 has been a 3-year post-graduate student and the coordinator of Master's program on International Security of the MSU School of World Politics. Interned in State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation (2015), Russian Parliamentarian Club (2015), Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation (2017), Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation (2016, 2018), Trade Delegation of Russia in the UK (2017, 2018), JSC Russian Export Center. Since 2022, he has been a member of the Gorchakov Club and the "Meeting Russia" Alumni Community.
Areas of scientific interest: nuclear nonproliferation, NPT review process, arms control, international security, foreign and defense policy of Russia.
2022
Eldar Khayrullin
elhayrullin@mail.ru
Born July 6, 1983. Candidate in sciences of History, Associate Professor of the Chair of History and Theory of International Relations, Dostoevsky Omsk State University.
Areas of scientific interest: European integration, European security, European history, international security, theory of international relations.
2019
Alexey Khlebnikov
aleksei.khlebnikov@gmail.com
Born June 4, 1987. Alexey Khlebnikov is an expert on the Middle East at the Russian International Affairs Council. He also works as a consultant to think tanks and humanitarian NGOs in the U.S., Europe, Middle East, and Russia. During his Master’s and Ph.D. studies, he has made several research trips working and studying in Syria, Israel, Egypt, the US and Hungary. He received his Master’s degree in Global Public Policy from the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota as an Edmund S. Muskie Scholar and both Bachelor's and Master's in Middle East studies from Lobachevsky State University in Nizhni Novgorod.
Areas of scientific interest: Middle East, Russian/US/EU MENA policy.
2017
Firuz Khoshimov
firuz1805@gmail.com
Born May 18, 1987. Graduated the Faculty of Political Science and International Relations of the Tajik State University of Law, Business and Politics with a degree in International Relations.
From 2014 to the present, senior teacher and applicant for the Department of Social Sciences at the Institute of Economy and Trade of the Tajik State University of Commerce in Khujand.
The role of the Republic of Tajikistan in ensuring security in Central Asia
Areas of scientific interest: World politics and international relations, issues of regional and international security.
2022
Daniil Khovanskiy
daniilkhovansky@ipei.ru
Born April 11, 2002. Analyst ANNIO "IPER".
ANNIO "IPER"
Areas of scientific interest: Latin America, the Middle East, world weapon market.
2021
Yury Kolotayev
yury.kolotaev@mail.ru
Born June 24, 1997. Ph.D. student at the St. Petersburg State University, School of International Relations, Department of European Studies. Member of the Academic Council of the SPBU School of International Relations and member of the European International Studies Association (EISA). Former participant of the Youth Council of the Coordination Center for TLD .RU/.РФ (2021-2022). Participant of the research project "Malicious use of Artificial Intelligence and Challenges for Psychological Security in Northeast Asia".
Page on the ResearchGate
Areas of scientific interest: EU's policy of tackling disinformation and fake news, post-truth, hate speech, political influence of social media, emotional/empathic artificial intelligence.
2022
Evgeny Korenev
korenev.es@mail.ru
Born December 7, 1991. Associate Professor, Department of International Relations and Russian Foreign Policy, Saratov State University, Candidate of Sciences in History (the theme of the dissertation: «NATO's Regional Strategy in 1990-2000s: Development and Implementation on the Example of the Balkan Countries»). Expert, information-analytical portal Eurasia. Expert and analytical portal RuBaltic.Ru, expert, Institute of Contemporary International Studies of the Diplomatic Academy of the MFA of the Russian Federation.
Areas of scientific interest: Euro-Atlantic and international security issues; NATO's military- political activity at the end of the 20th and beginning of the 21st centuries; The Balkans in world politics; The post-Soviet space; CSTO.
2019
Yana Leksyutina
lexyana@ya.ru
Born August 14, 1980. Full Professor at the School of International Relations, Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia. Since 2004, a full-time lecturer in the BA Program for International Relations and MA Pacific Studies Program, Saint-Petersburg State University. Leksyutina Yana holds a PhD in Political Science (2008), Doctor of Political Sciences Degree (Post-Doctoral degree in Russian academic classification; 2013), an Accreditation to Supervise Research (Docent, 2012), and an honorary title and academic rank of Professor of the Russian Academy of Sciences (2018). Аn Editorial Board member of the “Far Eastern Affairs” Journal, “Russian and Chinese Studies” Journal, “Society: Politics, Economics, Law” Journal, “China in World and Regional Politics. History and Modernity” annual edition.
Areas of scientific interest: China’s foreign policy, Sino-Russian relations, Sino-U.S. relations, international relations and security in the Asia Pacific region, BRICS, Arctic, global governance.
2017
Alla Levchenko
levchenko.a.v@my.mgimo.ru
Born August 4, 1993. Political researcher, PhD candidate. Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU), 2011–2015. Master’s degree in International Relations, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), 2015–2017. Writing in “Russia in Global Affairs”, “Russian International Affairs Council, RIAC”, etc.
Debate on «restraint» in America
Areas of scientific interest: Transatlantic relations, U.S. foreign policy, alliance politics, Eurasian integration.
2021
Mehman Maharramov
mehmanmaharramow@gmail.com
Born October 19, 1996. Postgraduate student of the Faculty of International Relations, St. Petersburg State University. He studied at the bachelor's degree of the Baku State University, at the Faculty of International Relations and Economics. He received his master's degree from Hacettepe University (Ankara, Turkey) with a degree in international relations and diplomacy.
Participant of scientific conferences and winner of the competition of scientific and analytical works, including those organized by the Gorchakov Foundation, on the Balkan issues (2019); XI scientific and educational program "Dialogue for the sake of the future" (2021); XXI PIR Center International School on Global Security (2022).
The Way to a Peace Treaty. Stability and Security in the South Caucasus
Areas of scientific interest: diplomacy, peace, conflict studies, international law, Post-Soviet space.
2021
Kseniya Makarova
nilsy@mail.ru
Born July 27, 1992. Teacher at the Institute of International Relations and World History of Lobachevsky University.
Areas of scientific interest: Public diplomacy, Russian public diplomacy.
2019
Yulia Melnikova
jum295@yandex.ru
Born May 29, 1996. Holds both Bachelor's and Master's degrees from MGIMO University and is currently working on a PhD thesis at the Department of Applied International Analysis at the same university. The thesis is dedicated to the patterns of European Union foreign policy towards China. Since 2020 works at the Russian International Affairs Council.
The EU China Policy in the Making: The Role of Central and Eastern Europe
Areas of scientific interest: Foreign policy of the European Union, EU - China relations, Belt and Road Initiative in Europe.
2021
Daniyal Meshkin
daniealranjbar@gmail.com
Born May 28, 1997. Prior to joining MA Programme in International Relations at RUDN University in Moscow, Russia, Danieal Ranjbar Meshkin spent time studying BA in Management at National Louis University in Nowy Sącz, Poland as well as BA in International Relations at University of International Business in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Fluent in Persian, English, Russian.
Currently, he is engaged with his PhD thesis Project “The Diplomacy of Iran and Russia in face of Sanction Pressure" having actively involved in empirical data collection by publishing at prestigious peer-reviewed journals in his early academic career as a researcher in framework of an approbation for his research question. Having been raised in Iran, he concentrated on studying the effects of Iran’s biased image in International Relations and constructing objective judgement approach on Iran’s foreign policy activities by and large.
Areas of scientific interest: Sanction Policy in International Relations. Middle East, and Eurasia.
2022
Arman Mikaelyan
mikaelyan.a@inno.mgimo.ru
Born July 4, 1995. In 2022 he graduated from MGIMO’s postgraduate studies and defended his thesis for the degree of Candidate of Historical Sciences on the topic: "Israel's policy in Asia on the example of the development of relations with India and China at the beginning of the XXI century." Currently, he works as a freelance teacher at the Department of Languages of the Middle East Languages, where he teaches Hebrew. Knowledge of foreign languages: English, Armenian, Hebrew and Arabic.
Areas of scientific interest: Israel, Israel's foreign policy, Middle East, China, India, international arms market.
2021
Yana Mishchenko
yanamischenko@gmail.com
Born September 21, 1985. Ph.D. in Economics, Associate Professor of Lomonosov Moscow State University, Senior Researcher of the Institute of China and Contemporary Asia of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Areas of scientific interest: Global economy and international relations, oriental studies, global energy.
2018
Mariam Momjyan
mmomjyan@mail.ru
Born July 7, 1983. Regarding my work activities, I inform you that at the moment I combine teaching activity as an associate professor of the Department of Management and Business of the Russian-Armenian University and the activity of a civil servant in the Commission for the Regulation of Public Services of the Republic of Armenia as head of the tariff division. I am also the head of the master’s program “Management in Energy sphere” of the Russian-Armenian University, as well as the scientific supervisor of research projects on the issues of digitalization in the energy sector and sustainable development.
Areas of scientific interest: international economic relations, energy, sustainable development, investment policy, state regulation.
2018
Vladimir Nezhdanov
vn1993@yandex.ru
Born February 24, 1993. Master of International Relations, at the moment I am preparing a Ph.D. thesis on the topic "The Conceptual Foundations of China's Modern Foreign Policy." Expert of the Institute of Contemporary International Problems of the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I am engaged in teaching activities at the Tyumen State University and at the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration under the President of the Russian Federation.
"Xi Jinping Thought" in the Context of a Global Issue of Malgovernance"
Areas of scientific interest: Russian-Chinese political cooperation, foreign policy of the PRC, development of "Xi Jinping Thought", integration processes in Eurasia, international relations in the Indo-Pacific.
2017
Aleksandr Pivovarenko
aleksandar.a.p@ya.ru
Born November 22, 1988. Cand. of Sciences (History), currently is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Contemporary History of Central and Southeastern Europe, the Institute of Slavic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Page on the Institute of Slavic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences website
Areas of scientific interest: Economic and Infrastructural Processes in the Balkan Region, International Relations in the Adriatic Sea Region, Political Geography and Methodology of Regional Studies.
2021
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