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The Institute of Democracy and Cooperation

The Institute of Democracy and Cooperation is a think-tank based in Paris. It has had consultative status with ECOSOC (the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations) since 2015. It organises regular conferences and discussions on matters of contemporary interest and on the historical and cultural context in which they occur.  The subjects it tackles include the following: the role of history in contemporary politics; the relationship between the sovereignty of states and human rights; East-West relations; the role of NGOs and civil society in democracies.  IDC has a particular interest too in the great moments of history, especially the great wars of the 19th and 20th centuries.  

The Institute aims to promote debate on these issues by inviting speakers to give their opinion and to share their expertise.  It aims to bring speakers into the public domain who have something original to say.  IDC has a partnership with La Sapienza University in Rome; the Institute also organises, co-organises and takes part in conferences in many other European countries and in international organisations like the United Nations, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of Europe.

Natalia Narochnitskaya

NATALIA NAROCHNITSKAYA is a Russian historian and widely known public figure. A frequent commentator in the Russian mass media on international affairs, Natalia Narochnitskaya was a member of the State Duma of the Russian Federation from 2003 to 2007, where she represented the Rodina (Motherland) Party. She was Vice-Chairman of the Dumas Foreign Affairs Committee; Chairman of the Committee for the Study of the Practice and Implementation of Human Rights and Civil Liberties; and a member of the Russian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. From 1982 to 1989 she worked at the Secretariat-General of the United Nations in New York.

She is president of the Foundation for Historical Outlook in Moscow. This prominent think-tank publishes an on-line newspaper, "Stoletie", and a scholarly journal, "Perspektivy". She has a doctorate in history and is a graduate of the State Institute of International Relations in Moscow. For many years she worked at the Institute of World Economics and International Relations in the Russian Academy of Sciences.

The daughter of an academician, Natalia Narochnitskaya is herself the author of numerous works on history and the role of historical memory in contemporary politics, as well as the author of hundreds of articles in the Russian press. Her major work, "Russia and Russians in World History", has gone into six editions. She specialises in diplomatic history, international law, the history of international relations, and the philosophy of Western liberalism. Her books have been translated into French (Que reste-t-il de notre victoire? Paris: Editions des Syrtes, 2008), Czech and Serbian.

Natalia Narochnitskaya is active in the Russian Orthodox Church and is known for her strong defence both of Russian national interests and also of good relations between Russia and Europe. She speaks English, French and German.




Conference on the "populist wave" in Central Europe (IDC, 19 December 2017)

The Russian revolution and the civil war (IDC, 8 November 2017)

Conference at IDC on the Korean crisis (21 September 2017)

"Trump and Macron on Syria: what is new?" Conference at IDC, 12 July 2017

Conference on the end of globaliation, 21 June 2017

Conference in the Vatican on Catholics and Orthodox (24 May 2017)


John Laughland discusses the Catalan referendum on RT (4 October 2017)

John Laughland discusses NATO expansion on TRT World TV (31 July 2017)