Participants of InteRussia Internship Program met with the director of the Gorchakov Fund and the rector of MGIMO

International Relations
On May 29, a meeting of scientists-participants of the InteRussia program with Rector of MGIMO Anatoly Torkunov and Executive Director of the Gorchakov Fund Leonid Drachevsky took place at the Institute for International Studies of MGIMO University.

At the very beginning of the meeting, Anatoly Torkunov welcomes the attendees and emphasized importance of ties among scholars for international relations.

“The role of science diplomacy will always be growing in any world order. The biggest treaties on disarmament were signed with the participation of scientists, who either provided ideas and recommendations to politicians or were engaged in negotiations on unofficial platforms. I very much hope that you will be able to do very useful and needed work together with our colleagues from the Institute for International Studies”.

Leonid Drachevsky also welcomed the participants and mentioned propsects for expansion of the program.

“We very much appreciate participants of the current program. As of today, we have been interacting in such a format with our closest neighbors, but we would like to get interns from all over the world. We are planning to organize another several sessions not only with political scientists, but also with journalists, healthcare professionals and theater workers. Welcome, you are the pathbreakers!”

Project “InteRussia”, implemented in 2021, has provided unique experience of cooperation and combining potentials of top scientific and political institutions and is the first and only program of this kind in Russia. The goal of InteRussia is to strengthen and expand academic, social and cultural ties, develop conditions for a meaningful dialogue between young professionals in the political and academic communities of Russia and foreign countries.

The topic of the new internship program is “The post-Soviet space 30 years after the breakup of the USSR”. During the next six weeks, 10 young scholars from Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan will be conducting individual studies under the guidance of top academic advisors of MGIMO. The participants will meet with representatives of the scientific and expert community and governmental officials, visit educational and sociopolitical platforms and will be able to attend public diplomacy events hosted by partners.