2022 DEBATES
The next series of Debates will take place in the December 2022. In 2021, the Debates took 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.
2022 TOPICS
  • World economy in 2022: major crisis or a new beginning?
  • Russia and its neighbors: the end of alliance?
  • USA-China confrontation: an open conflict or manageable rivalry?
2022 MODERATORS
  • Ivan Timofeev
    Director of Programmes
    of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC)
  • Natalia Burlinova
    President of PICREADI
2022 SPEAKERS
Crisis
Beginning
Leonid Grigoryev
Associate Professor of International Economics, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
World economy in 2022: major crisis or a new beginning?
Alexander Polonsky
Advisor,
Institute of VEB.RF
YES
NO
Arshaluis
Mgdesyan
Aliaksandr
Shpakouski
Journalist and Political Commentator (Armenia)
Political scientist and Director of the Analytical Center "Actual Concept" (Belarus)
Russia and its neighbors: the end of alliance?
Conflict
Rivalry
Yury Kulintsev
Lily Ong
Head of the Center for World Politics and Strategic Analysis,
Institute of China and Contemporary Asia, RAS
Media Host,
Geopolitics360
USA - China confrontation
2022 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
2022 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".