[Seminar:] Russia today: Western Neighbours and Public Diplomacy
Friday 9 September from 9:00 – 12:00 at the Nordic House
Open seminar hosted by the Nordic House in collaboration with the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland and The Nordic Region in Focus
Russia today: Western Neighbours and Public Diplomacy
Nordic conference series on Russia and the Nordics
Russian politics today: Putin, the press and the imaginary warMikhail Zygar, Editor in Chief at independent TV station Dozhd and author of Russian best-seller „All the Kremlin´s Men“. Kristinn Hrafnsson, investigative journalist, introduces Mikhail Zygar and interviews him after his talk.
Russian-European relations: Where do we go from here?Arkady Moshes, Programme Director, The EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia Research Programme, The Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA).
The Nordic Council of Ministers´ collaboration with West-RussiaJens Nytoft Rasmussen, Senior Advisor for international co-operation, Nordic Council of Ministers.
Russia and NorwayCecilie Landsverk, Ambassador of Norway to Iceland.
Soviet-Icelandic cultural relations and public diplomacy in the 20th century Rósa Magnúsdóttir, Associate Professor, Aarhus University, Denmark.
Panel discussions with participants
Moderator: Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir, Adjunct Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Iceland.
The seminar will take place in English and is open to all. Coffee and light refreshments will be served from 8:30 to 9:00.
Mikhail Zygar is one of the most interesting media personalities in Russia today. He started his career as a war correspondent, but today he is best known as a best-selling author and founding editor-in-chief of Dozhd, which was the only independent news TV-channel at the time. In 2015 Zygar authored the book “All the Kremlin´s Men: Inside the Court of Vladimir Putin”. The book has been translated into many languages and will be published in English in September 2016.
Arkady Moshes is Program Director for the EU Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia Research Program at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. He has authored a large number of academic and analytical publications and is a frequent media commentator.
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United." Affiliated with Georgetown University for over ten years, he shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."