Russian soft power in Kazakhstan and Central Asia experiences more questions than answers. While promoting Russian language, culture, and literature abroad, Russian current political leadership predominantly makes decisions and still relies on common soviet heritage and identity. It remains unclear what the outcomes of Russian soft power enlargement strategy would be while experiencing poor social and economic conditions under militarized political establishment. While losing its positions and influence in the region Russia tries to substitute soft power agenda to propaganda and hybrid wars in containment with the United States.
During the seminar, which would be based on research under CAISS, there would be a discussion on two following points: (a) soft power concept: actors, instruments and costs; (b) Russian soft power vs. use of force: kill the two birds with one stone?
The slides can be found here Russian soft power in Kazakhstan and Central Asia