ONLINE: Coping with the 1991 Divide – Evolving Alumni-Networks: Graduates of Soviet Institutes of Higher Education in the Arab World between Knowledge Relations and Soft Power

  • 25.11.2021
  • 18.00 Uhr
  • #30PostSovietYears

Talk by Dr Ala Al-Hamarneh (Orient-Institut Beirut (OIB))

The German Historical Insitute Moscow, the Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS), the Körber Foundation, the German Association for East European Studies (DGO), the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in RussiaMemorial International [1] and the Orient-Institut Beirut (OIB) organise a talk as part of the theme year #30PostSovietYears.
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Working languages: English and Russian (with simultaneous translation)

Eventlocation: online via Zoom 
Webinar ID: 878 4191 5736

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While the few Soviet Alumni associations and groups in the Third World during the Cold War could be characterized as part of the local Leftist activism, the revival of the global Soviet Alumni movement(s) after 1991 is indeed an integral part of the international relations of the Russian Federation. Based on the knowledge relations established during the student years, the Alumni, on the one hand, developed multilayered and diverse relations with Russia: business, cultural, social and other relations. On the other hand, the Alumni networks and the newly established associations are integrated in the geopolitical and public relation strategies of the Russian government.

By exemplifying the Association of the Graduates of the USSR Higher Educational Institutions in Lebanon and the Ibn Sina Club of the USSR Graduates in Jordan as well as their interactions and cooperation with the Russian umbrella organizations “INCORVUZ/ Инкорвуз - Международный Координационный Совет Выпускников Учебных Заведений” and “Global Alumni Alliance/ Всемирная ассоциация выпускников  высших учебных заведений”, the lecture will focus on the development and activities of the Soviet Alumni associations in the Arab World.  


[1] According to the Russian legislation (Law № 14-ФЗ 24.02.2021) we are obliged to point out that the Russian Ministry of Justice has registered "International Memorial" as a foreign agent.