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March 2020 Conference: Agenda

The welcome and plenary sessions of the event will be open to the public. The conference will also feature a series of four roundtable discussions open only to invited experts and students. Each session will feature presentations by Russian and American speakers, followed by discussion. To ensure interactive debate and allow sufficient time for interaction among participants, the speakers are requested to restrict their initial remarks to seven minutes. On the agenda, the title of each session is accompanied by a tentative list of questions for discussion.

Monday, March 16

Hall 1, MGIMO University

15.00 – 15.15: Registration
15.15 – 16.00: Welcome Session

  • Steven Block – Academic Dean; Director of the Program on International Development; Professor of International Economics, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

  • Bart Gorman – Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the United States, Moscow

  • 16.00 – 16.15: Break
    16.15 – 17.45: Plenary Session. Predicting the Future of Russia-U.S. Relations
    How could domestic political processes in the United States and Russia affect Russia-U.S. relations in the coming years? How could the relative power of the United States and Russia change going forward? Which foreseeable changes in the world may contribute to improved Russia-U.S. relations?

  • Moderator: Andrey Baykov – Vice-President for Graduate and International Programs, MGIMO University

  • Daniel Drezner – Professor of International Politics; Co-Director of the Russia and Eurasia Program, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

  • Vladimir Pechatnov – Professor, Department of History and Politics of the American and European States, MGIMO University

  • Alexandra Vacroux – Executive Director, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies; Lecturer on Government, Harvard University

  • Tuesday, March 17

    Hall 423, MGIMO University

    14.15 – 15.45: Session 1. Emerging Trends and Methods in Forecasting International Politics
    How have advances in statistical modeling, data collection, and computational performance improved the ability of scholars in forecasting international politics? Which emerging trends and methods may be most useful in making predictions? How do forecasts differ with respect to scope, time horizon, model, and data? What applications does forecasting have for business and the intelligence community?

  • Moderator: Monica Toft – Professor of International Politics; Director of the Center for Strategic Studies, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

  • Patrick Schena – Adjunct Assistant Professor of International Business, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

  • Andrey Sushentsov – Director, Institute for International Studies, MGIMO University

  • 15.45 – 16.15: Coffee Break
    16.15 – 17.45: Session 2. Predicting the Future with International Relations Scholarship
    How could demographic shifts affect international politics in the coming years? Could the pace of globalization speed up? Could modernization around the world be accompanied by the spread of democracy? How prevalent might sanctions and trade barriers be as tools of foreign policy?

  • Moderator: Mikhail Troitsky – Dean, School of Government and International Affairs, MGIMO University

  • Monica Toft – Professor of International Politics; Director of the Center for Strategic Studies, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University



  • Wednesday, March 18

    Hall 423, MGIMO University

    14.15 – 15.45: Session 3. Forecasting International Politics with Economics and Technology Scholarship
    Which countries may see the greatest economic growth, decline in poverty and economic inequality, rise in standard of living, investment opportunities, and advances in science and technology? What could be the economic and political consequences of rising automation?

  • Moderator: Daniel Drezner – Professor of International Politics; Co-Director of the Russia and Eurasia Program, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

  • Steven Block – Academic Dean; Director of the Program on International Development; Professor of International Economics, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

  • Ivan Danilin – Head of Department of Innovation Policy, Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences; Associate Professor, Department of Applied International Political Analysis, MGIMO University

  • Josephine Wolff – Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity Policy, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

  • 15.45 – 16.15: Coffee break
    16.15 – 17.45: Session 4. The Future of the Great Powers
    What are possible trajectories of the United States, Russia, China, the European Union, and India? What could be the potent areas of competition and cooperation among the great powers? How could the growing economic and military strength of China affect its relations with the other great powers?

  • Moderator: Tatyana Shakleina – Chair, Department of Applied International Political Analysis, MGIMO University

  • Fyodor Voitolovsky – Director, Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences

  • Mihaela Papa – Adjunct Assistant Professor in Sustainable Development and Global Governance, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

  • Igor Istomin – Associate Professor, Department of Applied International Political Analysis, MGIMO University

  • Thomas Remington – Goodrich C. White Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Emory University; Visiting Professor of Government, Harvard University

  • 17.45 – 18.45: Closing Reception