Hit the “reset” button on your understanding of U.S.-Russian affairs! The first edition of RD Quarterly is devoted to approaches to soft power in Russia and around the world.

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Written by Alexey Dolinskiy, Ph.D. in political science, Master’s degree in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School, Partner at Capstone Connections consultancy and director of Ward Howell Talent Equity Institute, this edition of RD Quarterly focuses on Russia’s potential to develop a new foreign policy based around international development. Read editorial note on the report here.

Given Moscow’s current emphasis on developing its soft power capabilities and the recent transformation of Rossotrudnichestvo, Russia’s agency responsible for public diplomacy, into an international development agency, this paper is especially timely.