Russian-Western Blind Spots: From Dialogue on Contested Narratives to Improved Understanding
|Title||Russian-Western Blind Spots: From Dialogue on Contested Narratives to Improved Understanding|
|Year of Publication||2019|
|Institution||inmedio and Institute for Law and Public Policy|
This report was drafted by the dialogue group, which consists of some 20 experts from academia, thinks tanks and NGOs as well as journalists and cultural exchange/dialogue practitioners who met near Moscow in September and in Berlin in November 2018 to analyse and reflect on the Russian and Western narratives on what went wrong since the end of the Cold War regarding the deterioration of Russian-Western relations.
Reconstructing the core threats of the Russian and Western mainstream narratives from a meta-perspective, a number of collective ‘blind spots’ that figured prominently in the narrative of one side but were overlooked or neglected in the narrative of the other side, could be identified. They can serve as ‘bridges of understanding’, by focussing on aspects of a conflict narrative, where a shift of perspective – stepping into the other side’s shoes and relating to the emotional meaning – seems to be comparably easy and possible without compromising on one’s own core values.