On November 16, a video conference was held between students from MGIMO University and students from the Graduate Initiative in Russian Studies (GIRS) from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California. It was the third time students from MGIMO and GIRS interacted with each other through videoconference. Previously organized by the NSO, this videoconference was organized by FWD (Future World Diplomats). FWD is the only English-speaking student-led organization at MGIMO University. Its members hail from the School of Government and International Affairs.
The topic discussed between the students was “U.S. and Russian Security Policy on North Korea”. Before starting the discussion, GIRS professor Dr. Tsuneo Akaha, expert on Japanese foreign policy, Japan/Russia relations, and security/trade policy in the Asia Pacific, held an opening speech. He remarked on the unique opportunity for Russian and American students to interact, discuss global issues together, and learn a deeper understanding of each other’s perspectives.
The speakers from FWD and GIRS paid particular attention to the discussion of the six party talks commenced by an introductory presentation by MGIMOs own Ksenia Safarova, first year Master student for simultaneous interpreting for international organizations and Nate Taylor (from GIRS). The speakers reviewed the history of the six party talks and offered a prognosis on where it might be headed in the future.
The second issue in regards to Media perception of and in North Korea was presented by Danielle Marie from GIRS and Dmitriy Mironov and Denis Moskovsky, first year student of International Relations faculty at MGIMO. They discussed on how North Korea uses its total control of media to influence its peoples, and how North Korea is presented in the U.S. and Russia in their respective media environment.
The students further discussed the outlook of relations with North Korea, specifically the uncertainty with a future Trump administration, as well as how relations between Russia and the DPRK might improve.
The videoconference successfully ended with grand applause to speakers of both sides. FWD team would like to thank their partners from GIRS, wonderful speakers Ksenia Safarova, Dmitriy Mironov and Denis Moskovsky as well as our moderator David Lee Smith for their outstanding performance. FWD looks forward to another videoconference with GIRS next semesters. The final videoconference for this semester will take place in December with Amsterdam.
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