BORSHCHEVSKIY G.A. Foreign Policy Planning and the Effectiveness Evaluation of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Bodies


George A. Borshchevskiy

Doctor of Sciences (Politics), State Counselor of the Russian Federation, Professor,

Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration,

Prosp. Vernadskogo, 82, 119571 Moscow, Russian Federation

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Abstract. Introduction. The paper aims to study the features of cascading goals and requirements for the activities of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the level of strategic documents of foreign policy planning to the duties of diplomatic servants, describe a mechanism for assessing the achievement of these priorities, identify gaps between them and work out ways to optimize.

Methods and materials. The author applies the following methods: comparative legal, structural and logical, classification, comparison, analysis of quantitative and qualitative indicators, decomposition of goals. Regulatory legal acts and materials of law enforcement practice are studied. Analysis. An analytical tool was developed to assess the level of effectiveness of foreign agencies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Results. The paper reveals the redundancy and duplication of foreign policy planning goals. It is advisable to formulate foreign policy priorities in the “Foreign Policy” Public program. Gaps between the goals of the state’s foreign policy and the goals that guide diplomatic institutions are identified. The author proposes measures to optimize the control and reporting of overseas agencies. It is proposed to change the personnel paradigm of the diplomatic service from bureaucratic to active (focus on solving large-scale problems) and intermediary (search for compromises). To conduct a coordinated foreign policy, it is necessary to generalize the dynamics of the activities of all foreign agencies, objectively evaluate their contribution to the achievement of foreign policy priorities.

Key words: Russian Foreign Ministry, foreign policy, foreign policy planning, strategic planning, diplomatic service, assessment, effectiveness.

Citation. Borshchevskiy G.A. Foreign Policy Planning and the Effectiveness Evaluation of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Bodies. Vestnik Volgogradskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta. Seriya 4. Istoriya. Regionovedenie. Mezhdunarodnye otnosheniya [Science Journal of Volgograd State University. History. Area Studies. International Relations], 2021, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 215-230. (in Russian). DOI:

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