This program was a forerunner to our Eurasia in Global Dialogue. As a first phase of the program that ran from 2011 to 2016, it brought Russians from different academic disciplines, as well as from the media, think tanks and cultural institutions to Vienna in order to engage them in intellectual exchange and public debate with their western counterparts.
In the two decades following the end of the Cold War, intellectual interaction between Russia and Europe intensified considerably. More recently, however, there has been a constant failure to engage in a common conversation. Europe’s debate on Russia focuses solely on what Russia lacks–democracy, the rule of law, modernization processes–and tends to view the Putin regime as a “paperback edition” of the Soviet Union. At the same time, the Russian public debate is far from immune to conspiracy theories when trying to explain the changes in the modern world.
There is an urgent need for re-engagement between the Russian debate on the global future and the European debate on the choices that Russia faces. With Russia’s recent return to power politics and the fears of a new Cold War that has awakened in the West, this need is even more acute.
Presented below is a selection of fellowships. As this is a past program we are working through our archives to ensure that fellows and fellowships are represented accurately. If you were a fellow under this program, please do get in touch with us.
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