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The Russian Orthodox Church and Russian Diplomacy

Alicja Curanović, Assistant Professor at University of Warsaw, will give a talk about the Russian Orthodox Church's increasingly prominent role in the Russian state diplomacy.

An Orthodox priest and Russia's president Vladimir Putin

The Russian Orthodox Church has become a valuable asset of state diplomacy in Putin's Russia.

Photo: Yuri Kochetkov / PAP

The Church and the state in Russia

The Russian Federation's use of religion in foreign policy is exercised with a growing efficiency. This is, to a certain degree, a consequence of processes taking place in Russia: For many Russians, including the political elite, religion is a crucial component of tradition and as such the foundation of values for spiritual recovery of Russian society and Russia regaining its power status. The religious diplomacy is therefore a part of a wider phenomenon of rapprochement between Church and state in Russia.

The Church as a valuable diplomatic asset 

Religion appears frequently in Russia’s official concepts of state policy: The country is depicted as a “civilisational pole” with its own cultural space (russkiy mir) and mission (i.e. promoting interfaith dialogue). Both russkiy mir and interfaith dialogue are connected with state security and soft power. Loyal religious organisations, capable of conducting transnational activity, are a valuable asset of state diplomacy. This is the case of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Where and when

February 10, 4.15 PM, HF-12, Niels Treschows hus. Tea and coffee will be served. Registration is required due to space restrictions, but all interested are welcome. NB! The talk will be given in English.

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About the speaker

Alicja Curanović is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Warsaw. She holds a PhD in political science (PhD thesis: "The Religious Factor in the Foreign Policy of the Russian Federation"). Her main research interests are: Russian foreign policy; religious factor in international relations; international relations in the post-Soviet area, perception, identity, image and status, messianism in politics. She has conducted research inter alia at the Harvard University, Columbia University, Stanford University, the Russian State University for Humanistic Studies and MGIMO.

Published Jan. 19, 2020 11:09 AM - Last modified Feb. 3, 2020 2:37 PM