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Master 2018/2019

Post-Soviet Eurasia and SCO: Society, Politics and Integration

Category 'Best Course for Career Development'
Category 'Best Course for Broadening Horizons and Diversity of Knowledge and Skills'
Category 'Best Course for New Knowledge and Skills'
Type: Elective course (International Relations in Eurasia)
Area of studies: International Relations
Delivered by: Магистерская программа "Международные отношения в Евразии", направление подготовки "Международные отношения" (Кент)
When: 2 year, 1 module
Mode of studies: offline
Instructors: Maxim Bratersky
Master’s programme: International Relations in Eurasia
Language: English
ECTS credits: 6

Course Syllabus

Abstract

This course is designed for students in the international Masters program with concentrations in Political Science and International Relations. In contrast to international relations courses offered at other Russian universities, it is dedicated exclusively to Eurasia, and constructed according to the geographical and problem principle. Many of the topics included in the course lend themselves to discussion and debate, so different points of view on different problems are provided as much as possible in the recommended literature. In recent years, integration initiatives and new institutions major factors in the sphere of international relations in Eurasia. It unites the countries that are close to each other in terms of their political and economic model and is able to influence the developments in this part of the world. This region has enormous human and natural resources and is capable of rapid economic development.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Knowledge: of goals and tasks of international relations in the eastern part of Eurasia from 1990 to the present; of the foreign policy strategies of the main players in the region.
  • Ability: to use statistical data and academic, reference, and historical literature on the given theme to analyze conflicting situations in the region, foreign policy initiatives and economic interests of the main countries, and prospective future development of the region as a whole.
  • Awareness: a conception of current problems facing the Asian part of the post-Soviet space and neighboring states, including those problems under discussion that call forth opposition among the main participants, and possible methods of their resolution.
  • Skills: to critically evaluate analytical and scientific materials on the given issues.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • To know goals and tasks of international relations in the eastern part of Eurasia from 1990 to the present. Ability to use statistical data and academic, reference, and historical literature on the given theme to analyze conflicting situations in the region, To know a conception of current problems facing the Asian part of the post-Soviet space. To be able to critically evaluate analytical and scientific materials on the given issues.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Attempts at Economic Modernization and Its Obstacles before Modernization
  • Whither the Russian Political System?
  • How Solid Are the Authoritarian Regimes?
  • The Rise of the New States and Their International Orientation
  • Eurasian Integration
  • The Energy Factor in Eurasia: Domestic and International Dimensions
  • The Caspian and Central Asia – Knots of Problems
  • Orange Revolutions and Post-Revolutionary Reaction: Georgia and Ukraine
  • Russian/Soviet Strategic Culture(s) and Threat Perceptions. Ethnic Conflicts. – Islamist Radicalism, Terrorism and Other New Threats
  • Chechnya and Northern Caucasus conflicts
  • The Future of Eurasia
  • Russia's Search for a New International Identity
    Three identities as a source for Russian self-identification: Imperial, Soviet, Western. Historical origins of Russian policy in Asia. Russia in Central Asia and China in 19th century. Soviet policy of Integration in Asia. Conflict between two versions of communism. Centrifugal tendencies of 1980’s. Belovezhsliye Agreements. Original scheme of CIS. Multi-speed Commonwealth. Russia between Europe and Asia today.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Attendance and participation
  • non-blocking Final essay
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (1 module)
    0.3 * Attendance and participation + 0.7 * Final essay
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Charap, S. V. (DE-588)1140057758, (DE-576)409399108, aut. (2017). Everyone loses : the Ukraine crisis and the ruinous contest for Post-Soviet Eurasia / Samuel Charap, Timothy J. Colton. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.48224206X
  • Gel'man, Vladimir, and Otar Marganiya. Resource Curse and Post-Soviet Eurasia : Oil, Gas, and Modernization, Lexington Books, 2010. ProQuest Ebook Central, https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/hselibrary-ebooks/detail.action?docID=616221.
  • Molchanov, M. A. (2015). Eurasian Regionalisms and Russian Foreign Policy. Farnham, Surrey, UK: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=841535

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Muzalevsky, R. (2015). China’s rise and reconfiguration of Central Asia’s geopolitics : a case for U.S. “pivot” to Eurasia / Roman Muzalevsky. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsgpr&AN=edsgpr.000967969