MGIMO Hosts Moscow Youth Conference on International Security

MGIMO Hosts Moscow Youth Conference on International Security

9 April 2019

April 9th, the two-day Moscow Youth Conference on International Security MYCIS 2019, started its work at MGIMO. The event was organized by the Youth Research Centre of the University’s Economic Club, and sponsored by the Military Training Department and the European Studies Institute.

MYCIS 2019 was created as a platform to bring together students and experts to hash out and analyse challenges to international security. The first day was dedicated to discussing security in its international and regional dimensions.

The conference was kicked off by MGIMO’s Vice-Rector for Human Resources Vladimir Morozov, who remarked that such events are very useful to students, who can develop their skills and prepare for their careers in ministries and key departments responsible for Russia’s strategy. In his speech, the Vice-Rector spoke about the main changes on the international arena and the emergence of a multipolar process, of a political and economic nature.

The plenary session on «Global Security Today», which examined the new threats to stability, was attended by representatives of the Russian Foreign Ministry and various think tanks. The Director of the Department for European Cooperation at the Russian Foreign Ministry Andrey Kelin and the Director of the Foreign Policy Planning Department at the Russian Foreign Ministry Oleg Stepanov shared their insights with the audience. Then five round tables were set up, devoted to issues of regional security in different regions: the Middle East, Latin America, the Asia-Pacific, the Euro-Atlantic region and Africa.

During the second day, participants spoke about cooperation in the military and technological spheres, transnational crime, information security, public diplomacy, economic and humanitarian collaboration.