The Kortunov Foreign Policy Debates
are a project initiated by PICREADI. It is conducted in the format of a rhetorical competition that deals with foreign policy and international relations.
The Debates are held in the memory of Dr. Sergei V. Kortunov, a Russian political scientist and the author of many publications on national security and identity.
Since 2012, the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC
) has been PICREADI's permanent partner in organizing the Kortunov Debates.
In 2019, the Debates took place in the format of a discussion on three topics between Russian experts of RIAC/Creative Diplomacy and their American colleagues of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University
on the other side. In total, there were three pairs of participants, with everyone taking a yes/no position on each question.
Also, the audience voted not for a particular participant, but for a certain response to the question posed within the Debate (yes/no). The online-voting was taken place before and after the discussion. The goal was to understand to what extent the audience changes its attitude toward the presented topic and whether a speaker manages to be persuasive.