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Bachelor 2020/2021

Russian Foreign Policy

Area of studies: International Relations
When: 4 year, 1 module
Mode of studies: offline
Open to: students of one campus
Instructors: Dmitry Suslov
Language: English
ECTS credits: 4

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course is aimed at understating of sources of continuity and discontinuity in contemporary Russian Foreign Policy, as well as the factors that shape Russian Foreign Policy after the end of the Cold war and dissolution of the USSR. Specificity and general patterns of the subject are studied with specific theoretical instruments and necessary empirical background. The course focuses on theoretical instruments of the Russian Foreign Policy analyses, factors of internal and external nature that shape Russian Foreign policy, its evolution since early 1990-s, as well as Russian Foreign Policy towards the major centres of power, key regions and international organizations.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The course aims at developing analytical skills of Russian Foreign Policy analyses, understanding reasons for its evolution after the end of the Cold war, factors of its shape and continuity.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Upon completing this course students will have deep knowledge of substance and logic of Russian Foreign Policy, its evolution in the post-Cold war period and driving factors. The students would be able to approach both Russian and Western foreign policy propaganda more critically.
  • The course aims at developing analytical skills of Russian Foreign Policy analyses, understanding reasons for its evolution after the end of the Cold war, factors of its shape and continuity.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Theoretical Instruments: Factors Shaping Russian Foreign Policy
  • Instruments of Russian Foreign Policy: Diplomacy, Military Force, Energy, Soft Power
  • Russian Foreign Policy in Early 1990-s: Integration into the West.
  • Russian Foreign Policy in Late 1990-s: Great Power Balancing
  • Russian Foreign Policy in Early 2000-s: Pragmatic Cooperation
  • Russian Foreign Policy in Late 2000-s: Great Power Assertiveness
  • Russian Foreign Policy in Medvedev Period (2008-2011): Limits of Partnerships for Modernization
  • Russian Foreign Policy in 2010-s: Ukraine Crisis, Confrontation with the West and “Turn to the East”
  • Russian Policy towards the former USSR: Logic, Institutions and Conflicts
  • Russian Policy towards the U.S.
  • Russian Policy towards Europe: NATO, the EU and major European Countries
  • Russian Policy towards Asia: China and others
  • Russian Policy towards the Middle East
  • Russian Place in International Organizations and Fora: the UN, G20, BRICS, SCO
  • Introductory Lecture. Russian Foreign Policy Today: Logic and Major Priorities
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Work at the seminars
  • non-blocking Written exam
    Exam will last for 2 hours
  • non-blocking Work at the seminars
  • non-blocking Written exam
    Exam will last for 2 hours
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (1 module)
    0.3 * Work at the seminars + 0.7 * Written exam
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Cygankov, A. P. . (DE-588)124065627, (DE-576)185330452. (2013). Russia’s foreign policy : change and continuity in national identity / Andrei P. Tsygankov. Lanham, Md. [u.a.]: Rowman & Littlefield Publ. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.381737683
  • Fischer, S. (DE-588)128518138, (DE-576)297190644. (2016). Introduction: Conceivable surprises in Russian foreign policy / Sabine Fischer and Margarete Klein. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.488469465
  • Igor’ Aleksandrovich Istomin. (2018). Comparative analysis of the Russian foreign policy priorities and research interests of the national academic community. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.FC0547BD
  • Karaganov, S. A. (2016). Russian foreign policy finding new bearings [Elektronische Ressource] / Sergey Karaganov. Moscow: Russia in Global Affairs. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.476546028
  • Mankoff, J. (2011). Russian Foreign Policy : The Return of Great Power Politics (Vol. 2nd ed). Lanham, Md: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=399624
  • Mearsheimer, J. J. (2014). Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s Fault. Foreign Affairs, 93(5), 77. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=f5h&AN=97381275
  • Routledge handbook of Russian foreign policy / edited by Andrei P. Tsygankov. (2018). Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.49697310X
  • The foreign policy concept of the Russian Federation : Approved by the President of the Russian Federation V. Putin, June 28, 2000 / Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. (2000). Moscow. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.389808997
  • Trenin, D. V. . (DE-588)114738327, (DE-576)175880190. (2016). A five-year outlook for Russian foreign policy [Elektronische Ressource] : demands, drivers, and influences / Dmitri Trenin. Washington/D.C: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.487824466

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Donaldson, R. H. . (DE-588)170253104, (DE-576)160765463. (2014). The foreign policy of Russia : changing systems, enduring interests / Robert H. Donaldson; Joseph L. Nogee and Vidya Nadkarni. Armonk, NY [u.a.]: M.E. Sharpe. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.400864487