Scientific section. Politology

The impact of China’s “soft power” policy in the Asia-Pacifi c region

The article deals with topical issues of the implementation of China’s “soft power” policy in the Asia-Pacifi c region. The growing infl uence of China’s public diplomacy is demonstrated by the example of state programs of technological and economic development integrating tools of interaction with the governments of the Asia-Pacifi c states. The conclusion is made about the growing infl uence of China’s promotional policy to strengthen its diplomatic positions in the Asia-Pacifi c region in overcoming the negative consequences of the crisis associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Post-Soviet Caspian as a geopolitical unit. Problems of description and contours of a new research paradigm

The purpose of this work is to explore the ways of perception and analysis of geopolitical processes in the Caspian area. At the centre of the analysis is the nature of the intellectual eff orts behind knowledge production and representation of the Caspian. This brings our study to the problem of geopolitical positioning of this mesoregion with the prospect of putting forward a new cognitive perspective.

Image characteristics of the subject of political process – municipal authority bodies of Russian million-plus cities: Social media analysis

This article considers formation of image of thirteen Russian million-plus cities in social media (not including federal cities – Moscow and St. Petersburg). Based on the content analysis of messages posted on the offi cial accounts of local authorities of million-plus cities on the VKontakte social network for the period from September 1 to December 1, 2021, the authors determined the main image characteristics broadcast through offi cial social media accounts.

Main challenges to the development of the system of higher education in modern Russia

The article considers the main challenges of the development of the system of higher education in modern Russia, due to the growing confrontation with the United States of America and its Western European allies.

Protest media activism in modern Russia and prospects for its development

The article attempts to study protest media activism in modern Russia, taking into account the manifestation of its new forms, such as online rallies, as well as an analysis of the prospects for its further application in the protest practice of modern Russia. The conclusion is made about the ambiguity of the use of new media technologies to consolidate the protest potential of the Russian society, which is associated with the presence of trends in the growth of the Internet users and the increase in state control over the sphere of public communications on the Internet. 

The main institutions and practices of formation and development of memory policy in the Saratov region

In the presented article, the authors understand the policy of memory as a state policy aimed at interpreting historical events within the current political context. The education system, mass media, state authorities, as well as various public organizations are singled out as the main institutions of memory policy formation in modern Russia. The authors pay special attention to the practices of restoring images of the heroic past in the public consciousness of Russians, as well as symbols, rituals, “memory points” and “places of memory” in the Saratov region.

Political aspects of the integration of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the Eurasian Economic Union projects for the Russian Federation

The article deals with the problem of political conjugation of the projects of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the Eurasian Economic Union for the Russian Federation. The author examines key trends in the confi guration of political cooperation of the Russian Federation with China and the EAEU. The article analyzes the Foreign Policy Concept of 2013 and 2016 in the context of considering relations with the EAEU countries. Interests of the Russian Federation and China in the political contingency of the SREB and the EAEU projects are considered in a comparative manner.

To the issue of evaluating the effectiveness of gaming technologies within the formation of political culture of youth in modern Russia

The author analyzes eff ectiveness of gaming technologies for the formation of political culture of modern Russian youth, reveals the role of the educational system in cultivation of civic responsibility among young people. It is substantiated that the infl uence of a game on the model of political behavior of a young person depends on the type of game model used. Classifi cations of gaming practices are highlighted.

Social and political activity of Kemerovo region youth in 2000–2010

Kemerovo region signifi cantly diff ers from the neighboring regions in the political sphere. For nearly two decades, the region has demonstrated a high degree of support for the United Russia party. Other political parties, both parliamentary and non-parliamentary, enjoy less support than in the rest of the country. The purpose of this article is to study the dynamics of youth activity as candidates for deputies of the Council of People’s Deputies of Kemerovo Region.

Communication channels of protesters in the context of digital globalization: National specifics and opportunities for cross-country functioning

The article considers the mechanisms of media corporations’ infl uence on the process of designing and coordinating political protests in the USA, France, China, Belarus, and the Russian Federation in the context of digital globalization. Methodological basis of the research consists of the methods of case study and comparative analysis. The authors study fi ve cases refl ecting the specifi cs of communication channels through which national digitalization scenarios of political protest are implemented and carry out comparative analysis based on the authors’ criteria.

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