December 14th, the third annual conference on forecasting international trends «International Uncertainty 2019» was held at MGIMO. The event was organized by MGIMO’s Scientific Center for the Analysis of International Processes and sponsored by the Russian Ministry of Science and Higher Education.
The conference gathered experts in forecasting international politics from Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Great Britain, Kazakhstan, the USA, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Japan and other countries. The previous «International Uncertainty» conferences took place at MGIMO in 2016 and 2017.
One of the recurring ideas of the conference was that uncertainty, which is one of the main characteristics international relations today, is often disguised as «false certainty». The task for analysts is not only to reduce uncertainty, but to question the way in which current events are perceived. The participants of the conference tried to determine the best ways of analyzing world politics and forecast some of the 2019 trends.
The conference was kicked off by MGIMO’s Vice-Rector for Graduate and International Programs Andrey Baykov and was divided into three sections, each devoted to a geographical zone. Among the speakers were: Andrey Sushentsov, Director of MGIMO’s Scientific Center for the Analysis of International Processes, William Wohlforth, Professor at Dartmouth College, Jacob Shapiro, Director at Geopolitical Futures, MGIMO Professor and Advisor to the President of Rosneft Andrey Bezrukov and many more.
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