Global Ethno-Political Trends and Their Impact on Xenophobia
The desire of the Protecting the Future conference organizers to move the discussion of anti-Semitism and other manifestations of xenophobia from theory to practical applications is quite understandable. It is easy to predict that most speeches and projects will be dedicated to two types of proposals: first, the improvement of mass consciousness or public opinion, and, second, changes in the legal sphere. However, a significant part of such proposals, as a rule, are not feasible due to the socio- political circumstances in our country, which stipulate the nature and focus of the media’s activities, education, the legal sphere, etc. In addition, it is difficult (and sometimes impossible) to find solutions to problems created by global processes within a single country. Given the limitations of approaches of a systemic nature, I will focus only on approaches to preventing and combating xenophobia that accommodate «fair wind» – i.e., those based on existing trends that can lead to positive results. In my presentation, I will specifically address two trends that are evident in Russia, but are also related to global processes.