Highlights of conversation between Feodor Voitolovsky and the InteRussia programme participants

International Relations
The foreign fellows of the first wave of 2023 who study international relations met Feodor Voitolovsky in the Fund’s hall on 10 April.

The expert, PhD in Political Science, IMEMO Director, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, outlined the primary goals of the institute led by him and then spoke about the changes in global politics and factors that determine its development. He underlined the necessity to combine world economy and sociology concepts in order to analyse foreign policy and make decisions:

"When you do your analysis not as a politician, but as a researcher, you have to be mindful that economics and sociology work together. They transform the reality through concepts and ideas that people believe in."

The scholar also described the changes that the global economic system is undergoing today:

"The world economy have become more internationalised and interdependent than 20 years ago. We also bore witness to the transformation of leadership in the international system: the US still holds its stable position, but now they have competitors."

Concluding his speech, Feodor Voitolovsky highlighted the main components of a foreign policy analysis:

"The world economy, international security and politics are inextricably linked. The foreign policy of a country is based on its trade relations, domestic political interest and global processes."

After the lecture, the fellows had an opportunity to ask the speaker questions that were related to the current international agenda.

InteRussia is a traditional fellowship programme for foreign specialists and a joint project of the Gorchakov Fund, MGIMO University and Rossotrudnichestvo, which is also implemented as part of the ‘‘New Generation’’ programme.

The programme gives young scholars from all over the world an opportunity to carry out a scientific research under the guidance of the leading academic staff of MGIMO’s Institute for International Studies. The current intake consists of young international relations specialists from India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Madagascar and Tanzania.