Indicative list of topics of course thesis:
1. Peripheral capitalism in the 20th century: theory and practice.
2. Brazil during the Vargas Era.
3. Spanish miracle: a technocrats’ triumph?
4. Mexican miracle and inward-oriented policies.
5. Ideologies, resources, and tribalism: the Cold War in Angola.
6. The Washington Consensus: formulation, implementation, and critique.
7. Globalization and its discontents: a politico-economic perspective.
8. Dependency theory and international relations: still relevant today?
2. International determinants of military coups.
3. Turkish foreign policy.
4. Turkish-Russian relations.
2. Warsaw Pact, its birth and demise.
3. Soviet War in Afghanistan.
4. Soviet Economic Aid to Developing countries.
5. Chinese - Soviet tensions in the 20th century.
2. International relations in classical political theory.
3. Philosophical conceptions of the origins and nature of the political order.
4. Marxist and post-Marxist theories of international relations (Lenin, Gramsci, Wallerstein, Harvey, Hardt and Negri).
5. Biopolitics and governmentality in international relations (Foucault).
2. Third World Conflicts During Cold War.
3. Sino-Soviet Split.
4. Rise and Fall of Non-Aligned Movement.
5. Why did the Cold War End Peacefully?
6. Spread of Democracy/Human Rights Norms in the 21st Century.
7. Dissolution of and Civil War in Yugoslavia.
8. Russia's and the Kosovo Crisis.
9. Attempts to Integrate Russia in the US Led Post-Cold. War Security/Economic Order.
10. Globalization and its Impact on Inter-State Politics.
11. Institutional Foundations of US Hegemony.
12. Rise of China and its Impact on World Politics.
13. Comparing Russian and Chinese Economic/Political Reform.
2. Why did the unipolar world order end?
3. Patrimonialism in Post-Soviet states.
4. Foreign policy analysis in international relations.
5. European Union: history and evolution.
6. EU-Russia relations.
7. Disintegration of USSR: political and economic reasons.
8. Political reforms in USSR in 1980-s.
9. Priorities of Russian foreign policy.
10. Post-Soviet transition.
11. Post-Soviet Affairs.
12. Post-Soviet states between Russia and EU/ their relations with Russia and EU.
13. Eurasian Economic Union.
1. The US foreign policy - history and contemporary evolution.
2. US-Russia relations in different aspects.
3. Domestic drivers of the American foreign policy - decision-making mechanisms, political and academic debates, institutional framework, influence of the elections and electoral cycles, etc.
4. History of international relations in Europe (XVIII-XX) century.
5. Cold War - history and theory. May include political, economic and cultural aspects of this period. For instance, I am supervising a work about the image of the Soviet Union in American cinematography. That is cool.
6. American history in general - just if somebody would like to write something more abstractive about US history, more or less related to the IR (say, participation of the foreign actors in the Civil War), I'll be ready.
7. International relations in the Asia-Pacific - not a great expert here, what means that I keep a right for selection of the topics here.
2. Realism versus Liberalism in IR: A survey of USSR (US) realist foreign policy implementations during the Cold War.
3. Security Dilemma: Was the Cold War a result of the two super powers' security dilemma considerations? If yes, give examples of such situations in the global context. If not, argue why.
4. Cooperation in International Anarchy? Is international cooperation possible at all? If yes, what are the mechanisms? Give examples from the Cold War. If not, argue why.
5. Security or Economy? The foreign policy goals of the U.S. during the Cold War were primarily driven by economic considerations. Discuss (using examples from international financial and security transactions and institutions during the Cold War).
2. Islamic law in the context of modernization.
3. Political systems of Middle Eastern states.
4. British and Russian Empires in the Middle East.
5. Islamic movements in the Middle East.
6. Islam and democracy.
2. Political and Legal Transformations in EU.
3. Political and Economic Developments in Balkan countries (Serbia, Croatia, MAcedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Kosovo (under Resolution 1244), Bulgaria, Romania).
4. Russia-Balkan Relations.
5. EU-Balkan Relations.
2. The Taiwan Issue in Sino-US Relations in the Cold War.
3. The Japan-US Security Cooperation: the Emergence and Evolution in the Cold War.
4. The Korean War and its Repercussions for Asia-Pacific Security.
5. The First Indochina Conflict and Its Regional Impact.
6. The Establishment of ASEAN and Its Evolution in the Cold War.
7. The Cambodian Issue in ASEAN Policy (1979-1991).
8. The “Functional Regionalism” in the Pacific Asia: the Flying Geese Model.
9. The North Limit Line in Inter-Korean Relations in the Cold War.
10. The ASEAN Bali Summit and its Implications for the Evolution of ASEAN in the Cold War.
2. International security.
3. EU integration.
4. Central Eastern European relations within Europe.
5. Great powers in Central Asia.