On 7 January 2020 in Berlin, as part of a training seminar on the topic The Role and Place of Germany in the System of International Relations, prepared by specialists from the Center for Political Analysis and Information Security, the students of the International School of Youth Diplomacy visited the Center for East European and International Studies (ZOiS).
The participants of the seminar had a unique opportunity to attend the lecture on the topic Historical memory in Germany and Russia, as well as to join the discussion with well-known experts on Eastern Europe, such as Dr. Félix Krawatzek, Senior Researcher at ZOiS, and Dr. Volker Weichsel, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Osteuropa journal, published by the German Association for East European Studies (DGO e.V.).
The Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS) is an independent, international and interdisciplinary research institute. ZOiS concentrates on socially significant research on Eastern Europe, Southern Caucasus and Central Asia, and their distribution in the political, media and public spaces.
Despite the fact that the Center is financed from the budget of German Federal Foreign Office, it is completely free to choose research topics. The main activities of the Center include: academic studies, the transfer of their results into politics and general public, alongside assistance to young scientists who have decided to devote themselves to Eastern Europe. The main directions of the Center’s research: stability and transformation of political regimes, conflict dynamics, migration problems.
It should be remembered that from 5 to 10 January 2020 a training seminar was held in Berlin for students of the International School of Youth Diplomacy (ISYD). Its tasks were to form a comprehensive understanding for seminar participants on the functioning of the German political system, as well as its current foreign policy. The seminar was attended by 21 students aged 15 to 17 years. Within the framework of the seminar, young people from different parts of Russia got a unique opportunity to meet German officials, politicians, along with outstanding scientists - experts in Eastern Europe.
The specialists of the international non-governmental organization Center for Political Analysis and Information Security developed the concept, and were involved in preparation and organization of the seminar in partnership with MGIMO (University) at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNA-Russia on the implementation of the programme Russian Regions and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The International School of Youth Diplomacy has been operating since 2008. It offers high school students a career guidance programme for admission to the university in the field of international relations, international economics, international journalism and international security.
The work of the School is divided into several on-site training sessions, usually during school holidays. To obtain a Certificate of the School, signed by the rector of MGIMO, it is necessary to attend 3 sessions: Basic, when MGIMO professors introduce aspects of international activity and features of the future profession; Language session, which consists of reviewing lectures and consultations, held on passing the entrance exam at MGIMO; and on-site session, which takes place in one of the diplomatic capitals, such as Geneva, Brussels, Vienna, New York and Berlin.