The Political Science Department of Lady Shri Ram College for Women in association with Global Youth organized a talk by Dr. Nikita Setov, Deputy Dean for Academic Affairs, Department of Political Science, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow on 30th January, 2016. He spoke about how the international political arena has remained under US hegemony for decade now. What he suggested instead was a power structure with divided leadership. He was unable to elaborate on how this was to be achieved, as he conceded that no superpower can be expected to willingly share its power.
On the other hand he felt that India, Russia and China could possibly counter US hegemony by aligning their forces. What has repeatedly come in the way of such an alliance is the fact that nations in the international arena strive to protect their national interest before their international relations.
He reiterated that it is the cultural sphere where citizens of India and Russia feel a divide and that had to be worked on. He commended the Indian PM Narendra Modi’s efforts at promoting Indian Culture worldwide. He stated that while Russia and India both work to protect national interests, the difference lies in the methods adopted. While Russia was prone to using hard military power, India used its soft or rather “smart” power.
On issues of current relevance, he remarked that the threat of the ISIS needed to be taken seriously all over the world. The world’s view of global terrorism needs to expand, terrorism in West and Central Africa are issues that don’t even come up when we refer to “Global” terrorism. As for the ISIS, he remarked that it was not just a West Asian problem. Central Asian countries, India and even Russia have significant Muslim populations that would become susceptible to the spread of extremism if it is not tackled with directly. He called himself a political realist and hoped that the intelligence agencies of these countries would be able to work together to defend their borders from terrorism.
All that is required, he claimed, was that countries learn to balance national interest and international relations.
– Zohra Abdullah, First Year (College Magazine).