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The XXIII Russian-American Seminar “The Grand Triangle”: the U.S., Russia, and China
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The XXIII Russian-American Seminar
“The Grand Triangle”: the U.S., Russia, and China
 
Dear Colleagues!
 
The School of International Relations at St. Petersburg State University invites you to take part in the XXIII Annual Russian-American Seminar scheduled to take place on May 13-17 2014. The theme for this year’s Seminar is “The Grand Triangle: the U.S., Russia, and China”.
 
Traditionally sessions of the Seminar have been attended by scholars from Russia, the United States and other countries, Russian and American diplomats, distinguished public officials and political leaders, as well as Russian and foreign undergraduate and graduate students.
 
Throughout over 20 years of its history, the Russian-American Seminar has featured contributions by: the first President of the USSR Mikhail S. Gorbachev; Russia’s ambassadors to the United States, including V. Lukin and Y. Vorontsov; deputies of the State Duma V. Nikonov, G. Starovoytova and I. Hakamada among others; the first Mayor of Saint Petersburg A. Sobchak; U.S. ambassadors to the Russian Federation and Consuls-General in St. Petersburg; university presidents and heads of major research centers; famous writers and historians from both Russia and the U.S.; editors-in-chief of various newspapers and magazines, etc.
 
The focus of the 2014 Seminar is to include the issue of China’s rise, shifts in the balance of power in contemporary international system, and major issues of relationship inside the strategic triangle of the United States, Russia and China. The accumulation of comprehensive national power and global influence by China is a major trend in contemporary international affairs. The United States as the sole superpower cannot ignore the rise of China, but at the same time the Sino-American relation do not equal the Soviet-American confrontation of the Cold War era. Russia, while preserving many attributes of a global power and having strategic interests in various regions of the world, obviously has to take into account these new realities of the current balance of power. Will Russia become “the third power” in the global competition between the United States and China? Will this competition intensify and spill over? How is Russia’s role perceived in the U.S. and China? Will the 21st century feature the strategic triangle of the U.S., China and Russia, or is it just a myth? What stands behind the China’s rise phenomenon? What are the major areas for cooperation between Russia, China and the United States in various regions of the world? These and many other issues will be discussed theoretically and practically at the XXIII Annual Russian-American Seminar.
 
The main topics for discussion at the plenary session on May 13th, 2014:
  •  “New” and “old” centers of power in world politics;
  •  The rise of China and its implications for the international system.
 
Besides that, the following topics are planned to be addressed at the round table discussions through May 14-17, 2014:
  1.  PaxAmericana vs. PaxSinica. Russia between the U.S. and China?
  2.  “The Grand Triangle” in Contemporary World
  3.  “The Grand Triangle” in the Asia-Pacific region
  4.  “The Grand Game” of the 21st Century: Russia, the U.S. and China in Central Asia and the Middle East
We invite the attendance and participation by faculty and scholars from Russian and foreign universities and research centers, experts in the field of international relations, public officials, PhD and MA students.
 
The deadline for submitting proposals including a title and an abstract (up to 200-250 words) is April 1st, 2014. Please, submit your proposals to rosam.sem@yandex.ru including: tentative title, brief abstract (up to 200-250 words) in Russian or in English, author’s last name, first name and middle name (if applicable), academic degree, current position, e-mail and phone number for contact.
 
Working languages of the Seminar are Russian and English.
Please note that the Seminar organizers do not offer financial support for participants of this event.
 
IF YOU NEED AN OFFICIAL INVITATION LETTER FOR RUSSIAN VISA APPLICATION, please contact the Organizing Committee ASAP (before February 17th, 2014).
The inauguration ceremony of the XXIII Russian-American Seminar will be held on May 13th 2014, 10:00 AM local time, at St. Petersburg State University’s School of International Relations (1/3 Smolnogo St., Entrance 8, Assembly Hall, Saint Petersburg, Russia), entrance to the left of the Smolny cathedral.
 
The Seminar’s Organizing Committee:
 
President of the Committee
Professor, Dr.Sc., Boris A. Shiryaev
E-mail: shiriaev@mail.sir.edu
Phone: 7-812-576-66-25
 
Deputy President of the Committee
Associate Professor, Dr.Sc., Yana V. Leksyutina
E-mail: lexyana@yandex.ru
Phone: 7-812-576-66-25
 
Seminar’s Administrators:
 
Alyona Tochenaya                                                                                                               Anna Kashirskaya
E-mail: alena_tochenaja@mail.ru                                                                                   E-mail: avkashirskaya@yandex.ru
Phone: 7-911-026-10-83                                                                                                   Phone: 8-9214202968
 
Proposals for participation are to be submitted to the organizing committee’s e-mail: rosam.sem@yandex.ru
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