Ships of Every Flag Shall Come: IPU Assembly in the Cradle of Russian Parliamentarianism

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The 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly, the world’s oldest political organization uniting national parliaments of 173 sovereign states, is due to open in St. Petersburg on Saturday. Russian President Vladimir Putin is to attend the grand opening ceremony. The Tavrichesky Palace (Tauride Palace), the cradle of Russian parliamentarism, will be the main venue of the forum scheduled for October 14-18.

Autumn Marathon in the Foggy Albion

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A snap election to the lower chamber of Britain’s parliament of June 9 that resulted in a disastrous Tory failure and another hung parliament is behind. Now it is time for a party marathon. In September-October political parties that won seats in the House of Commons hold their party conferences.

Europe Divided

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In June, the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker rejected a proposal from Germany to link EU funding for member states to the respect of democratic principles and human rights. The main targets of the proposed bill were Poland and Hungary, whose domestic politics have both been the subject of recent criticism from Western European states.

Britain’s Social Media Woes

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Social media and especially microblogging are trending buzzwords in the public diplomacy scene. Disproportionate attention is paid to individual posts and trends on social media by the mainstream media. The best case are the tweets of Donald Trump, the president of the USA. They are reported on and analysed daily with unparalleled ferocity, with some outlets meticulously collecting all of the President’s social media comments. It has come to a point at which discussing social media is beating an already beaten up dead horse. Nevertheless, this weekend’s latest news requires comment and policy recommendation.

Nation-Branding: the Case of Russia

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Russia seems to have finally realized in recent years that nation branding, seen as a set of actions to improve country’s image abroad, is a form of investment, not a cost. In order to analyze the Russian approach to nation branding, it is necessary to highlight several dimensions: economic, scientific, cultural, sport, media, and development.

Donald Trump is America’s Boris Yeltsin. What The Two Presidents Have In Common

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When US President Trump on August 2 signed a bill that reinforces and expands to some extent sanctions on Moscow, the anti-Russian campaign emerged somewhat divorced from real policy-making. The bill has clarified the Congress position on the matter, with the ongoing investigation into Trump’s and his acolytes’ alleged ties with Russia shifting public attention to the legal aspect. While lambasting Trump, some intellectuals seek to establish nominal correlations between the US president and Russia and to draw historical parallels between the two countries. This clearly creative approach on the part of experts and pundits produces remarkable results.

Selfie Diplomacy and its Effects

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There are many different forms of State diplomacy: traditional, public, digital (including twiplomacy, hashtag-diplomacy, etc.). One considers digital diplomacy as the influence of the soft power on the foreign Internet audience. In the digital environment users express themselves in various ways, e.g. by publishing their own pictures – selfies. Selfie policy is a way to verity event. However, some authors believe that politicians are not interested in communication with social networks users; their selfies are a digital analog of a political self-portrait, created in order to demonstrate the appearance of their prestige towards themselves.

State Duma Goes Global: Intensified Interparliamentary Dialogue

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In an increasingly globalized world, which gradually eliminates communication and language barriers, various types of diplomacy that go beyond conventional formal relations developed through foreign ministries, perform an ever growing role in international politics. The world is witnessing an upsurge in communication channels between civil societies, which reveal new opportunities and new aspects of public diplomacy, people’s diplomacy. Moreover, we can see an increase in new formats of parliamentary diplomacy, which impact on global processes nowadays. They facilitate the direct dialogue between representative bodies which can act on behalf of their peoples.