May 11, 2017, 15:00
The Eurasian Research Institute invites to participate in the Politics, International Relations and Security Studies Seminar titled “Russia's Soft Power in Kazakhstan and Central Asia”, which would be held on May 15, 2017, and given by Anna Gussarova, Director and Co-founder of the Central Asia Institute for Strategic Studies (CAISS).
Russian soft power in Kazakhstan and Central Asia experiences more questions than answers. While promoting Russian language, culture, and literature abroad, Russian current political leadership predominantly makes decisions and still relies on common soviet heritage and identity. It remains unclear what the outcomes of Russia’s soft power enlargement strategy would be while experiencing poor social and economic conditions under militarized political establishment. While losing its positions and influence in the region Russia tries to substitute soft power agenda to propaganda and hybrid wars in containment with the United States.
During the seminar, which would be based on research under CAISS, there would be a discussion on two following points: (a) ‘soft power’ concept: actors, instruments and costs; (b) Russian ‘soft power’ vs. use of force: kill the two birds with one stone?