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2019/2020

US-Russia Relations between the Cold Wars

Category 'Best Course for Broadening Horizons and Diversity of Knowledge and Skills'
Type: Mago-Lego
When: 3, 4 module
Instructors: Dmitry Suslov
Language: English
ECTS credits: 3

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The Course is designed for Master students from Russia and abroad with concentrations in Political Science and International Relations, with a special interest in European Union, EU institutions, politics and foreign policy, Russian foreign policy, and EU-Russia relations. It is preferable, though not compulsory, if the students have basic knowledge of International Relations history and theory, EU Studies, as well as contemporary International Affairs and Russian history.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • To conduct conceptual analyses and practical study of the US-Russia relations since the end of the Cold War
  • To explore structural problems and theoretical patterns of the US-Russia relations
  • To analyze evolution of the US-Russia relations during the last 20 years
  • Provide prognosis of the US-Russia relations evolution for the short- and middle-term future.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Formulates methodological and theoretical framework for the US-Russia relations analyses.
  • Determines the main features of the US-Russia relations in the currant International System.
  • Explains the main difficulties and contradictions of the US-Russia relations.
  • Analyses US policy towards the USSR during Perestroika period, the problem of the US assistance to Russia in early 1990-s and other features of the US-Russia relations in early 1990-s.
  • Indicates a causation of worsening of the US-Russia relations in the 2nd half of 1990-s and the crisis of 1999.
  • Explains the reasons of improvement of the US-Russia relations in 2000-2002.
  • Analyses the process of the evolution of the US-Russia relations in 2003-2007.
  • Formulates the reasons of crisis of the US-Russia relations of 2008.
  • Determines the preconditions, initial logic, development, and major achievements of the “reset” of the US-Russia relations.
  • Explains the problems of missile defense and “Arab spring” in the US-Russia relations.
  • Analyses the Russian Presidential election campaign and impact on the US-Russia relations, russian domestic development after Putin’s return to the Presidency and other events referred to “Mini-crisis” of the US-Russia relations of 2012. “Selective pragmatic cooperation” model of US-Russia relations in 2013.
  • Formulates the main aspects of the Ukrainian crisis and the New US-Russian confrontation. Reasons, nature and prospects of the new confrontation.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Methodological and theoretical framework for the US-Russia relations analyses
    Power, values and domestic politics as the major determinants of the US-Russia relations. Realism and liberalism in explanation, analyses and prognosis of the US-Russia relations. US-Russia relations and the general evolution foreign policies of Russia and the US: interconnectedness and mutual determination. National interests as a factor of the US-Russia relations. The problem of objectivity of national interests. US-Russia relations agenda and the International system evolution.
  • The role of the US-Russia relations for the sides and in the current International System
    Dynamics of the US role in the Russian foreign policy. The US in the Russian official program foreign policy documents. The role of the US in the Russian threat perception. The US role in Russian security and defence policy development. Dynamics of the Russian role in the US foreign 4 National Research University Higher School of Economics School of World Economy and International Affairs Graduate Programme “International Relations: European and Asian Studies” policy. The Russian role and place in the US program foreign policy documents. The Russian role in the US security and defence policy. Russian national interests in relation to the US. The US national interests in relation to Russia. The role of the US-Russia relations for the current international relations and global and regional security. Added value of the US-Russia relations for the global political and security governance.
  • Structural Problems, Contradictions and Patterns of the US-Russia Relations
    Cold war heritage as a problem of US-Russia relations. Strategic deterrence philosophy in the US-Russia relations. The role and place of arms control in the US-Russia relations and its consequences. Clash of the Russian and the US visions of international order. Heritage of the 1990-s as a problem of US-Russia relations. Asymmetry as a problem of the US-Russia relations. US-Russia contradictions at the former USSR. US-Russia contradictions in the sphere of European security. US-Russia contradictions on global political and security governance. Value gap as a problem of the US-Russia relations.
  • The US-Russia relations in early 1990-s.
    US policy towards the USSR during Perestroika period. The US approaches to the break-up of the USSR. The US-Russia relations in the year 1992. Differences between the Bush-senior and Bill Clinton Administration approaches towards Russia. The US-Russia relations in the years 1993-1994: emerging contradictions. The problem of the US assistance to Russia in early 1990-s. Advantages and weaknesses of the US engagement with the Russian post-Soviet transformation. The Russian policy of integration with the West.
  • Worsening of the US-Russia relations in the 2nd half of 1990-s and the crisis of 1999
    Problems of Russian domestic development in late 1990-s. Creeping hegemonism and “global sheriff” concept in the US foreign policy in the 2nd half of 1990-s. Multipolarity as the central concept of the Russian foreign policy in late 1990-s. NATO expansion as a problem of the US-Russia relations. The US and Russian policies at the former USSR and rising Russian-American contradictions. Humanitarian interventions in the US foreign policy. The Kosovo crisis of 1999 in the US-Russia relations.
  • Improvement of the US-Russia relations in 2000-2002
    Russian support of the George W. Bush candidacy. Improvement of the US-Russia relations in spring-summer 2001 and the Ljubljana summit. The impact of 9/11 on the US-Russia relations. Russian solidarity with the US and support of the US anti-terror activities. The Russian role in the US war in Afghanistan. Establishment of the NATO-Russia Council. The Bush Administration arms control policy. Unilateralism of the US foreign policy under the Bush Administration. Death of the ABM and START-2 Treaties. Elaboration of the SORT (Moscow) Treaty.
  • Gradual deterioration of the US-Russia relations in 2003-2007
    : Evolution of the US grand strategy after 9/11 and the Russian position. The war in Iraq in 2003 and the Russian policy. Evolution of the Russian domestic and economic policies in 2003-2007 and the US reaction. The US policies at the Post-Soviet space in 2000-s and “color revolutions” and Russian responses. The US missile defense policy under Bush Administration and Russia. The US-Russian clash over NATO expansion to Ukraine and Georgia in the 2000-s. Revisionism of the Russian foreign policy towards the West and the US in the 2000s. The US policy and rhetoric towards the Russian domestic evolution in the 2000s.
  • Crisis of the US-Russia relations of 2008
    Prerequisites for the Russian-Georgian war of August 2008. Results of the 2008 NATO Bucharest summit and Russian reaction. Development of the Russian-Georgian war and its major results. The US reaction to the Russian-Georgian war and Russian recognition of the Abkhazian and South Ossetian independence. State of the US-Russia relations in Autumn-Winter 2008.
  • “Reset” of the US-Russia relations: preconditions, initial logic, development, and major achievements
    Transformation of the US foreign policy under Obama Administration. The Russia’s role in the new US grand strategy. The “reset” concept: transformation of the logic and content. The US-Russia relations on arms control and strategic security in 2009-2010. The US-Russia relations on Iran under Obama Administration. Transformation of the US policy at the Post-Soviet space. The US-Russia cooperation on Afghanistan. Establishment of the Bilateral Presidential Commission. The Dmitry Medvedev factor in the US-Russia relations improvement in 2009-2010.
  • Crisis of the “reset” in 2011-2012. The problems of missile defense and “Arab spring” in the US-Russia relations.
    Limits of the “easy agenda” of the US-Russia relations. The US-Russia contradictions over missile defense and their impact on the relations. The US policy on Libya and Syria and their consequences on the US-Russia relations. The Russian criticism of the US policy on Afghanistan. Lack of a positive new agenda as a problem of the US-Russia relations. Mutual discouragement and irritation as a problem of the US-Russia relations in 2011-2012. The Republican Factor in the US-Russia relations under Obama Administration.
  • “Mini-crisis” of the US-Russia relations of 2012. “Selective pragmatic cooperation” model of US-Russia relations in 2013.
    The Russian Presidential election campaign and impact on the US-Russia relations. Russian domestic development after Putin’s return to the Presidency. Russian foreign policy evolution after Putin’s return to Presidency. The US Presidential campaign of 2012 and impact on the US-Russia relations. “Magnitsky Act” and “Dima Yakovlev law”: causes and consequences. “Mini-crises” of the US-Russia relations of December 2012. The Russian domestic politics impact on the US-Russia relations. Overcoming of the “mini-crisis” and establishment of the “pragmatic selective cooperation” model of the US-Russia relations in early 2013. The US agenda for relations with the US for the 2nd Presidential term of Obama and the Russian relation. Revision of relations with Russia by the Obama Administration in summer – autumn of 2013 and conclusions for the US-Russia relations.
  • Ukrainian crisis and the New US-Russian confrontation. Reasons, nature and prospects of the new confrontation.
    Development of the Ukrainian crisis, the role of Russia and the US. Overthrow of Yanukovich (with the US support) and Russia’s take-over of Crimea as the turning points for Russia and the US accordingly. Systemic confrontation as a new systemic model of the US-Russia relations, its nature and major characteristic features. Reasons for the new US-Russian confrontation. Prospects of the new US-Russian confrontation. Local, regional and global consequences of the new US-Russian confrontation.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Exam
    Экзамен по дисциплине «Российско-американские отношения между "холодными войнами"» проводится в письменной форме с использованием синхронного прокторинга на платформе Moodle. Студенты должны за 15 минут до начала экзамена зайти на платформу прокторинга «Экзамус», провести тест системы, включить камеру и микрофон, подтвердить личность. Во время экзамена студентам запрещено: консультироваться с любыми другими лицами непосредственно или с использованием любых технических средств, пользоваться любыми материалами, средствами, информационной сетью Интернет во время экзамена, отлучаться во время написания экзамена. Во время экзамена студентам разрешено: пользоваться черновиком (белые листы А4) и ручкой. Кратковременным нарушением связи во время экзамена считается прерывание связи до 5 минут. Долговременным нарушением связи во время экзамена считается прерывание связи 5 минуты и более. При долговременном нарушении связи студент не может продолжить участие в экзамене. Процедура пересдачи аналогична процедуре сдачи.
  • non-blocking Lecture attendance
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.7 * Exam + 0.3 * Lecture attendance
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Stent, A. (DE-588)121995917, (DE-576)293037655. (2014). The limits of partnership : U.S.-Russian relations in the twenty-first century / Angela E. Stent. Princeton,N.J [u.a.]: Princeton Univ. Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.407184589
  • Tsygankov, A. (2010). US-Russia Relations in the Post-Western World. Conference Papers —— International Studies Association, 1. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=poh&AN=59232645

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • TSYGANKOV, A. (2014). The Limits of Partnership: U.S.-Russian Relations in the Twenty-First Century. Political Science Quarterly (Wiley-Blackwell), 129(3), 519–521. https://doi.org/10.1002/polq.12246