On October 2nd, 2018 the Italian Society for the International Organization (SIOI) hosted the presentation of the book “Strategic Communication in EU-Russia Relations: Tensions, Challenges and Opportunities” attended by Professor Evgeny N. Pashentsev from the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, and Giuliano Bifolchi from the Association of Studies, Research and Internationalization in Eurasia and Africa. The event was organised for the students from the Master of Arts of Diplomacy and International Relations of SIOI and was an opportunity to discuss the future challenges and possible solution of EU-Russia relations.
Special attention was given to the impact of the new technologies and Artificial Intelligence in the world of international relations. According to Professor Evgeny N. Pashentsev, strategic communication plays a fundamental role in EU-Russia relations from the perspective of the shifts in the balance of economic, scientific-technological and military potential. We live in a world where new actors are emerging in the field of diplomacy, international relations and economy and there is the necessity to cooperate among the states to find alternative development models which can face the challenges and the threats of the 21st century. Therefore, the current great progress in robotization, genetics and cyborgisation and other high tech areas with all new possible opportunities and risks constitutes a critical sphere of potential collaboration between the EU and Russia, but there is an evident lack of open discussion on high state level on the issues of “human engineering”, as both sides are preoccupied with equally important geopolitical and economic problems nearly cutting to minimize the possible exchange and multilateral decision making in new areas of science, similarly crucial for mutually beneficial strategic planning and strategic communication.
Professor Pashentsev argued that it is essential to find more long-term elements for cooperation not only between Russia and the EU but between all the leading centres of the current multipolar world. The strategic task lies not in the search for the alternative configuration of global political and military blocks (or conserving the old ones), but rather in the aligning of joint interests to solve the principal issues of humanity.
The director of our OSINT Unit Giuliano Bifolchi presented the book and moderated the discussion after the presentation. According to him, the main mission of the book is not only to highlight the current problems of EU-Russia relations but also to find possible alternative solutions in the field of geopolitics, diplomacy, economy, security based on a mutual cooperation. Also, Giuliano Bifolchi underlined that new technologies have all the potential to improve the economic growth and social conditions only if since the beginning we start regulating the sectors of Artificial Intelligence and Information Technologies to avoid that terrorist groups might use them to promote their ideologies or crime organisation for their illicit activities.
Pictures of the event where it is possible to see Professor Pashentsev and Giuliano Bifolchi engaging a discussion with the students of SIOI.