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Diplomacy and Leadership

Opportunities and Challenges of Cooperation between Germany, Austria and Russia in the political, economic and cultural context


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Germany, Austria and Russia are closely linked politically, economically, culturally and historically. Above all the political history of Germany and Austria cannot be examined without considering Russia as a central player, both in terms of diplomacy and alliance policy as well as in terms of concurrence, hostility and war. This concerns among others especially the 20th century, marked by the catastrophes of the First and Second World War, later by the Cold War and the division of Germany. However, the situation has stabilised during the second half of the last centuryand is focused nowadays more than ever on mutual communication and cooperation.

Besides diplomatic relations and cultural exchange this refers in particular to the field of economic networking and business. According to the statistics, German export to Russia increased again by 20% in 2017, Austrian export by 16%.[1] In total, there are almost 5.000 German and 500 Austrian companies operating in Russia.As a result, there is a growing necessity to educate professionals in a variety of fields of business and social sciences to meet the demands of the developing economic integration between German speaking countries and the Russian Federation. Thus, intercultural competences as well as the ability for negotiations, but also for innovative leadership, are essential components.

The aim of the planned summer course is to provide – during a twelve-day course program – students with insights into the various dimensions of transnational cooperation and to train them in terms of interculturality, negotiating skills, leadership skills, diplomacy and analytical skills. 

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  • What opportunities and which difficulties arise from the bilateral cooperation between Germany or Austria and Russia in different areas? 

  • Do Germany and Austria act in rather similar ways in these fields, are there common strategies and shared approaches? How do they also differ in their agitation? 

  • What do diplomatic agitation, leadership functions and negotiating strategies mean specifically in this context? 

  • What psychology is behind them and what role do cultural, mental and socio-political differences and historical backgrounds play?

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The content of the planned summer school consists of the following components:


a)   Scientifically oriented, topic-specific seminar units (with a focus on students’ presentations and the writing of a scientific essay as well as on debates and case studies on economic, business and politico-historical and social issues with engagement of the diplomatic and leadership approaches)

b)   Language courses in Russian(both beginners and advanced)

c)   Guest lectures by various actors in the fields of diplomacy, culture, business and research (on site in Moscow)

d)   Visits to economic, political and diplomatic entities of Moscow[2]

e)   Cultural and social program.


The abovementioned components will be implemented in the following modules:

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Due to its conception and content, the planned summer school offers unique selling points among the already existing programs: the combination of language courses with scientifically oriented seminar units, guest lectures, training in bilateral negotiation situations as well as concrete insights into the work of various actors on site allows a thematically broad, intensive examination of German/Austrian-Russian relations in politics, business and culture. In this way, the summer school is also an attractive offer for various student target groups.

Furthermore, the approach to put emphasis on Germany as well as on its smaller neighbour Austria does not only provide a broader perspective in the historical, political and economical sense, but is also a rare but therefore all the more relevant endeavour, considering the many similarities and manifold cooperation between the two countries. At the same time, it allows contrastive comparisons concerning the respective political, diplomatic and economic agitation of Germany and Austria regarding Russia.

Finally, by focusing on diplomacy and leadership in their various forms, not only is there a substantial relevance with regard to contemporary transnational exchange between the German speaking world and Russia, but also valuable basic knowledge and diplomatic skills can be acquired.

Preliminary Program

[1]In total, Germany exported in 2017 goods worth €25,9 bln. to Russia, Austria goods worth almost €2,2 bln., and imported goods worth €31,4 bln., Austria goods worth €2,76 bln., from Russia.

[2]Excursions are planned to the German Embassy and the Austrian Embassy, to the Goethe Institut Moscow, the “DeutschesHistorischesInstitutMoskau” and the Austrian Cultural Forum Moscow, to the “Deutsch-RussischeAuslandshandelskammer”and the Moscow Foreign Economic Center of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, to selected German and Austrian companies as well as to Russian political institutions, such as the Moscow City Hall and the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Иностранным гражданам

Факультет иностранных языков и регионоведения МГУ имени М.В. Ломоносова

119991, Россия, Москва, Ленинские горы 1, стр. 13 (IV гуманитарный корпус)

Деканат: dean@ffl.msu.ru

Редакция сайта: fflas-msu@yandex.ru

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