Andrey Sushentsov

Programme Director of the Valdai Discussion Club; Dean of the School of International Relations at MGIMO University

The crumbling of international order and security institutions in the second half of the twentieth century poses an applied question for the foreign policy community – what is the role of diplomacy in the new conditions? The crisis of trust between elites, post-truth and digital communications are qualitatively changing the environment of diplomatic communication and the profession itself. The need for large-scale embassies is decreasing, their functions being curtailed to consular issues and support for the frequent visits of top officials. 

How will the profession crisis influence diplomats: will they become ordinary bureaucrats or will they gain new skills and opportunities? What set of applied skills and worldview should 21st century politicians and diplomats have, and how does it differ from the classic menu of recent decades?

This programme continues the International Conflict and Political Leadership Programme.

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