The resilience of Russia’s global outreach: challenges and opportunities

October 11, 2018 – October 13, 2018 all-day Europe/Rome Timezone
Villa Schifanoia
Via Giovanni Boccaccio
121, 50133 Firenze FI
Matthias Kindel

Executive Training Seminar, 11-13 October 2018

in collaboration with the Torino World Affairs Institute (T.wai) Image result for t.wai logo and the School of Transnational Governance 


Scientific Coordinators

Giovanni B. Andornino | University of Torino, European University Institute and Torino World Affairs Institute 

Giorgia Giovannetti | University of Florence and European University Institute


This Executive Training Seminar brings together scholars and policy analysts from key Russian, European, and American institutions for an intensive programme combining insights into Russia’s current socio-political dynamics, foreign policy, and international political economy.

Over the first two days of activities, participants will be exposed to multiple perspectives on the state of the Russian economy and industrial sector, the political economy of sanctions, the evolution of the official rhetoric of Russia as a civil state with a distinct system of cultural values, and the shifting topography of Russia’s global projection – with a focus on its relations with China, Central Asia, and the Middle East.

In pursuit of a learning experience that generates actionable knowledge for participants, the Executive Training Seminar then culminates in a half-day scenario-building exercise. Participants are led to identify and assess relevant macro-variables – chiefly of a political and economic nature –, isolating mega trends and critical uncertainties in order to articulate alternative “futures” and discuss appropriate policies to steer from the “official future” to the preferred scenario.


Final Programme





Giovanni B. Andornino | University of Torino, European University Institute and Torino World Affairs Institute 
Irina Busygina
 | Higher School of Economics in Saint Petersburg, Russia
Giorgia Giovannetti | University of Florence and European University Institute, Italy
James Goldgeier | American University Washington, United States of America
Andrey Kortunov | Russian International Affairs Council, Russia
Peter Tabak | European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, United Kingdom




Executive Training Seminars at the Academy of Global Governance are free of charge. Participants are expected, however, to bear the costs of their travel and accommodation themselves. In order to apply for participation, please fill in the application form before 16 September 2018.

For applicants from the LDCs (as defined by the United Nations) there is a limited number of merit-based scholarships available. Please include a motivation letter in your application. Deadline for scholarship requests: 2 September 2018.



Kindly note that this Executive Training Seminar, offered by the Academy of Global Governance in collaboration with the Torino World Affairs Institute (T.wai), will be held back to back with three other ETS in the days after:

China’s global ambitions in the age of Xi Jinping: envisioning multiple scenarios (1-3 October 2018)

Beyond Bretton Woods: China and the changing landscape of international development finance (4-6 October 2018)

Harmony in diversity? India’s new role in the “one world family” (8-10 October 2018)


Should you be interested in attending more or even all of them, we will need you to apply separately, however. Deadline for all training courses of that period is 9 September 2018.