2021 DEBATES
The next series of Debates will take place in the fall of 2021 and will include participants not only from the United States and Russia but also from other countries. In 2021, the Debates will take place in the format of discussions on three topics among experts from The Fletcher School, RIAC, and other institutions. In each debate, two sides, each consisting of two speakers, will argue alternative yes/no positions on the question at hand.
2021 TOPICS
Does the rise of China threaten the liberal international order?
September, 21
Should the rise of populism around the world be blamed on growing economic inequality?
September, 28
Has the COVID-19 pandemic ended the era of accelerated globalization?
October, 5
2021 MODERATORS
Ivan Timofeev
Director of Programs at the Russian International Affairs Council
Natalia Burlinova
President of PICREADI
Arik Burakovsky
Assistant Director of the Russia and Eurasia Program at The Fletcher School
2021 SPEAKERS
YES
NO
Michael Beckley
Duncan Freeman
Alexander Lukin
Anatol Lieven
Associate Professor, Tufts University
Senior Research Fellow, Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft
Visiting Professor, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Professor, Department Head of School of International Affairs, Higher School of Economics
Does the rise of China threaten the liberal international order?
YES
NO
Katrina Burgess
Igor Istomin
Pavel Kanevsky
Associate Professor of Political Economy,
Director,
Henry J. Leir Institute
PhD, Professor of Political Economy, Tufts University
PhD, Associate Professor,
Department of Applied International Analysis, MGIMO University
PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Sociology of Political Processes, MSU
Should rising economic inequality around the world be blamed for the rise of populism?
David Art
YES
NO
Anastasia Likhacheva
Carsten Kowalczyk
Director, Centre for Comprehensive European and International Studies,
Higher School of Economics

Director of Studies, EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies Department,
College of Europe

Associate Professor of International Economics, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Has the COVID-19 pandemic ended the era of accelerated globalization?
Sieglinde Gstöhl
Sergey Utkin
Lead Researcher,
Center for Situational
Analysis, IMEMO
2021 RULES
Two teams, each consisting of two speakers, will debate one question during a period of approximately 90 minutes.
The audience votes (yes/no) before the start of the debate
2 minutes
Each speaker takes the floor (the first round)
5 minutes for each speech (20 minutes in total)
Speakers clarify their positions (the second round)
4 minutes for each speech (16 minutes in total)
Speakers pose one question to each other
1 minute for each question + 2 minutes for each answer (12 minutes in total)
Comments and questions from the audience
30 minutes
The final word of each speaker
2 minutes (8 minutes in total)
The final word of each speaker
2 minutes (8 minutes in total)
The audience votes again
2 minutes
2021 VOTING
The audience will vote yes/no on the question posed within the debate. The voting will take place before and after the discussion. The goal is to understand to what extent the audience changes its attitude toward the presented topic and whether a speaker manages to be persuasive. The voting will be conducted via Zoom polling for all participants.
PREVIOUS DEBATES
Does the rise of China threaten the liberal international order?

The first round of the Kortunov Global Affairs Debates 2021 was held on September 21st
Should rising economic inequality around the world be blamed for the rise of populism?

The second round of the Kortunov Global Affair Debates 2021 was held on September 28th
Has the COVID-19 pandemic ended the era of accelerated globalization?

The third round of the Kortunov Global Affairs Debates 2021 was held on October 5th
Debates 2019

Both young experts and experienced ones are welcomed to participate in the Debates. Since 2012, the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) has been PICREADI's permanent partner in organizing the Debates. The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University has collaborated with PICREADI and RIAC in conducting the Debates since 2019.

Three pairs of participants took part in the debate. For each question, the participant took the position "yes" or "no".

Both young experts and experienced ones are welcomed to participate in the Debates. Since 2012, the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) has been PICREADI's permanent partner in organizing the Debates. The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University has collaborated with PICREADI and RIAC in conducting the Debates since 2019.

Three pairs of participants took part in the debate. For each question, the participant took the position "yes" or "no".