Social and Humanitarian Issues in International Studies: the Russian Perspective

Marina M. Lebedeva – Ph.D. (Psychology), Dr. of Science (Political Sci.), Professor, the Head of the World Politics Department, MGIMO-University. Russia, 76, Prospect Vernadskogo, Moscow, 119454, E-mail:
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DOI 10.24833/2071-8160-2018-1-58-7-25 (Read the article in PDF)

Since the end of the 20th century, with the increasing role of the human factor in the world, the importance of the social and humanitarian component in world politics has also increased. This manifested itself not only in humanitarian and social issues, but also in the fact that the human factor has become an important component of other issues, including military and economic ones.

The analysis of the Russian international studies on social and humanitarian issues in the article has been carried out in two main areas related to each other: 1) soft power and public diplomacy; 2) human capital.

Various approaches to understanding soft power and public diplomacy in Russia are analyzed under the framework of the first area. It is shown that rather often both these terms are understood as informational and propagandistic influence on the societies of other countries. In this regard, in recent years, Russian authors have paid special attention to the issues of information and hybrid wars.

Russian researches on human capital in quantitative terms is much inferior to the research of the first area. At the same time Russian works on the issues of the role of higher education, its use as a soft power were to a great extend a pioneer ones. The main conclusion of the article is that humanitarian issues do not occupy the some prominaut place in the international studies they do in real life world politics.

Key words: social and humanitarian issues, Russian international studies, soft power, public diplomacy, human capital.

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