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Golubev, Konstantin

Russia’s foreign policy and the new generation of opinion makers

The paper discusses what Russia's future foreign policy may look like, if public opinion is taken in. It is assumed that there will be a greater reliance on public opinion when making foreign policy decisions in Russia in five to ten years from now. Another assumption was that the highly successful students, like in our survey, would become influential opinion makers. In order to collect data on what young people (age group 19 to 22), who are trained in the field of political science, foreign relations, and sociology, think of Russia's place in the world and how they see its relations with other countries, a survey was conducted of 120 respondents. Of them about half were born and grew up in St. Petersburg, and the other half came from various regions of the country.