[ENG] Advanced Technologies and Psychological Warfare: Focusing on Latin America

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Results of conferences, round tables and workshops of Russian researchers in South America
August 27 –September 10, 2018

The political landscape in Latin America changes drastically and very quickly now. After the symptoms of decline of the “Left Turn” several years ago one can see now the evident crisis of the right-centrist neoliberal models of the development, whether it is in Argentina where the national currency dropped for 25% percent only at the time of the visit of the Russian researchers or the systemic crisis in Brazil. The Left candidate won the presidential elections in Mexico in July 2018 and the Left have a chance to win the presidential elections in Brazil in October (or at least to show that they continue to be an influential force in this country). The symptoms of partial and unstable stabilization of the situation one can see in Venezuela. And perhaps, that is why the secretary-general of the Organization of American States (OAS) based in Washington D.C., Luis Almagro, said recently that a “military intervention” to “overthrow” Nicolas Maduro’s government cannot be ruled out.

No need to explain that the local economic and social problems are accompanied by hot political clashes and psychological warfare. The advanced technologies play now and much more in future very important role in social changes and in the political struggle in the region and all over the world. The psychological warfare itself more often use new tools and instruments based on the sophisticated technologies. Some aspects of these processes were analyzed by Russian researchers at different academic events during their trip across South America in Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil.

DSc. Prof. Evgeny Pashentsev, leading researcher at the Institute of Contemporary International Studies of the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, director of the International Centre for Social and Political Studies and Consulting (ICSPSC) and coordinator of the Russian – Latin American Strategic Studies Association (RLASSA) and Dr. Olga Polunina, a researcher at the ICSPSC took part in several academic events in Argentina and Uruguay in August 2018. Konstantin Pantserev, a coordinator of African Strategic Studies at the ICSPSC and professor at Saint-Petersburg State University joined them in Brazil. The trip was organized and supported by ICSPSC, RLASSA with a kind assistance of their partners in the countries of Latin America. Prof. Darya Bazarkina and MA Diego Jiménez interviewed the Russian researchers and presented the following summary of the trip and the post-trip analysis of Russian specialists.

On 27th of August Russian researchers contributed to a workshop “New Technologies and Global Shifts on World Arena” at CARI (El Consejo Argentino para las Relaciones Internacionales) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. CARI is one of the leading Argentinean centres of study of international relations established on 15th June 1978 for the purposes of stimulating the study and discussion of international relations issues, political and economic analysis, and cultural relations.

The workshop was organized with the help of Dr. Carola Ramon Berjano and Dr. Paulo Botta. The moderator of the workshop was Dr. Ariel González Levaggi.

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