Russia in Global Dialogue

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. 

A research focus led by IWM Permanent Fellow Ivan Krastev.

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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  • The Ukraine Crisis and the Negative-Sum Politics of Eurasia , -
  • Retrofitting Totalitarianism in Russia , -
  • Developing a Platform for Russia-EU Dialogue of Experts , -
  • Russia in Search for a New Model of Democracy , -
  • Was ist ethnisch an der ethnischen Ökonomie? , -
  • The Legislative Process and Parliamentarism in Russia’s Modern Political System , -
  • Non-Libidinal Economy and Reality of the Ideal , -
  • Social Work in FSU Countries: Mapping 'The Professional Project' , -
  • The Memory of Memory , -
  • Human Rights Educational Discourse in Current Russia – Between Legal Universalism and Cultural Particularism , -
  • Overregulated Government – Sources of Inefficiency in Russian State Agencies , -
  • Russian Higher Education and Research in the 2000s: Taking stock of 15 years of modernization efforts , -
  • Do We Still Need Early Modern Political Philosophy to Describe the Political Reality? , -
  • History of the Late Soviet Society and Sociology of Religion and Nationalism in Post-Soviet Countries , -
  • The Kremlin's New Ideology: Forceful but Fuzzy , -
  • Protests in Russia in December 2011 , -
  • Building a Home of One's Own. Private Life, Political Change and Property in Contemporary Russian Society , -
  • The Caucasus Region: Security Challenges and Russian Policy , -
  • Russia in Search for a New Model of Democracy , -
  • Generational Shifts in Russian Politics and Media from the 1980s to the Present Day , -
  • Political Opposition and the Civil Movement in Russia. A Period of Accumulation of Forces after the "Big Protest Wave" , -
  • Russia beyond Belief. Living in a Post-Modern Dictatorship , -
  • Russia beyond Belief. Living in a Post-Modern Dictatorship , -
  • The Future of Russian Politics , -
  • Building a Home of One’s Own. Private Life, Political Change and Property in Contemporary Russian Society , -
  • Russia in Search for a New Model of Democracy , -
  • Another Forty Years in a Desert - Current Trends in Russian Politics and the Problem of Hybrid Regime Changes , -
  • “Perestroika 2” as a Neurosis. What Prevents Russian Political Modernization? , -
  • Russia in the World. Scenarios for the Future. , -
  • The Future of Russian Politics , -