Third Public Report of the Information Special Forces Association: “Public Diplomacy and Hybrid War”

The present­a­tion of the Third Pub­lic Report of the Inform­a­tion Spe­cial Forces Asso­ci­ation, titled Pub­lic Dip­lomacy and Hybrid War, took place on Decem­ber 12, 2018 at 18.00 in Gostiny Dvor (109012, Moscow, Ilyinka St., 4) .

Since the begin­ning of the 21st cen­tury, pub­lic dip­lomacy has increas­ingly become the sub­ject of the study of social sci­ences, but there are very few sci­entif­ic works on pub­lic dip­lomacy from the point of view of the sci­ence of inter­na­tion­al rela­tions.

Today, there is every reas­on to talk about a rad­ic­al aggrav­a­tion of the geo­pol­it­ic­al and geo-eco­nom­ic situ­ation in the world. The con­sequence of this was the increased danger of the spread of instabil­ity on the ter­rit­ory of Rus­sia, primar­ily through the use of hybrid war tech­no­lo­gies (mis­in­form­a­tion, ter­ror­ism, etc.).

The pecu­li­ar­ity of the Third Report was that among the authors there are rep­res­ent­at­ives not only of the CIS coun­tries, but also of a coun­try that has nev­er been in the Soviet polit­ic­al space — Fin­land.

Edited by:

Panar­in Igor Nikolaevich - Pro­fess­or, Doc­tor of Polit­ic­al Sci­ences, full mem­ber of the Academy of Mil­it­ary Sci­ences of the Rus­si­an Fed­er­a­tion, Head of the Inform­a­tion Spe­cial Forces Asso­ci­ation.

Authors in the com­pos­i­tion:

Panar­in Igor Nikolaevich - Pro­fess­or, Doc­tor of Polit­ic­al Sci­ences, full mem­ber of the Academy of Mil­it­ary Sci­ences of the Rus­si­an Fed­er­a­tion, Hon­or­ary Pro­fess­or of China State Uni­ver­sity of Pet­ro­leum (Beijing), Head of the Inform­a­tion Spe­cial Forces Asso­ci­ation (Moscow).

Bakhriev Bakhri Khur­she­dovich - Post­gradu­ate Stu­dent, Depart­ment of World Polit­ic­al Pro­cesses, MGIMO of the Min­istry of For­eign Affairs of Rus­sia (Dush­anbe, Tajikistan).

Beck­man Johan — Doc­tor of Social and Polit­ic­al Sci­ences, Asso­ci­ate Pro­fess­or at the Uni­ver­sity of Hel­sinki (Hel­sinki, Fin­land).

Anna Alekseyevna Velikaya - Can­did­ate of Polit­ic­al Sci­ences, expert of the Gorchakova Found­a­tion, mem­ber of the Expert Advis­ory Coun­cil for Social and Human­it­ari­an Pro­grams of Ros­so­trud­nichestvo (Moscow).

Ivan­ovsky Alex­an­der Vladi­mirovich - Doc­tor of Tech­nic­al Sci­ences, Pro­fess­or of the Academy of Man­age­ment under the Pres­id­ent of the Repub­lic of Belarus (Minsk).

Lik­hon­o­sov Alex­an­der Geron­tievich - Doc­tor of Polit­ic­al Sci­ences, head of the expert group of the All-Rus­si­an Academy of Civil Ser­vice, Col­on­el (Moscow)

Mar­ina Mikhail­ovna Lebedeva - Pro­fess­or, Doc­tor of Polit­ic­al Sci­ences, Head. Depart­ment of World Polit­ic­al Pro­cesses, MGIMO of the Min­istry of For­eign Affairs of Rus­sia (Moscow).

Mel­nikova Olga Andreevna - Coun­selor of the Rus­si­an Embassy in the People’s Repub­lic of China, Head of the Rep­res­ent­at­ive Office of Ros­so­trud­nichestvo in the People’s Repub­lic of China, Post­gradu­ate Stu­dent of the Depart­ment of Inter­na­tion­al Rela­tions of the Dip­lo­mat­ic Academy of the Rus­si­an For­eign Min­istry (Beijing).

Dmitry Pop­ov - Can­did­ate of Law, Seni­or Research­er of the Rus­si­an Insti­tute for Stra­tegic Stud­ies (Krasnodar).

Alex­an­der V. Sharikov - Pro­fess­or of the Nation­al Research Uni­ver­sity “High­er School of Eco­nom­ics”, mem­ber of the Inter­na­tion­al Academy of Tele­vi­sion and Radio, deputy chief edit­or of the journ­al “Com­mu­nic­a­tions. Media Design ”(Moscow).

Table of con­tents

1. Pub­lic dip­lomacy: char­ac­ter­iz­a­tion of the concept and basic approaches.

2. The rela­tion­ship of pub­lic dip­lomacy and hybrid war.

  1. Soft power” and hybrid war.

3.1. “Soft power” vs pro­pa­ganda.

3.2. “Soft power” in the edu­ca­tion­al pro­cess of NATO, as an ele­ment of hybrid war­fare

3.3. Man­age com­munity net­work­ing groups at the loc­al level.

  1. Hybrid and inform­a­tion-psy­cho­lo­gic­al threats of a new type. Anti-Rus­si­an spe­cial oper­a­tions of the hybrid war of West­ern intel­li­gence ser­vices.

New organ­iz­a­tions and struc­tures.



5. “Soft power” and pub­lic dip­lomacy — the Rus­si­an approach.

  1. Rus­si­an-lan­guage radio broad­cast­ing abroad.

7. US Pub­lic Dip­lomacy.


Author­ized struc­tures.

The tar­get audi­ence.


8. Digit­al Dip­lomacy USA.

9. Pecu­li­ar­it­ies of pub­lic dip­lomacy of lead­ing glob­al act­ors in Cent­ral Asia (on the example of the Rus­si­an Fed­er­a­tion, the United States, China)

Cent­ral Asi­an con­text for pro­ject­ing “soft power”.

Rus­si­an pub­lic dip­lomacy in Cent­ral Asia.

US pub­lic dip­lomacy in Cent­ral Asia.

Cent­ral Asi­an dir­ec­tion of pub­lic dip­lomacy in China.



MEMORANDUM on the cre­ation of the Asso­ci­ation “Inform­a­tion Spe­cial Forces”.

The goals and object­ives of the Asso­ci­ation “Inform­a­tion Spe­cial Forces.”

United Nations Inform­a­tion Charter.

See Report Report.

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