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Master 2021/2022

Russia in the Global World: International Relations and Foreign Policy of Russia

Type: Compulsory course (Politics. Economics. Philosophy)
Area of studies: Political Science
When: 1 year, 2, 3 module
Mode of studies: offline
Open to: students of all HSE University campuses
Instructors: Dmitry Novikov
Master’s programme: Политика. Экономика. Философия
Language: English
ECTS credits: 6

Course Syllabus


The course is intended to introduce international students to the Russian self-positioning in the global world and to provide understanding of the basis of Russia’s relations with other international actors. The course consists of three blocks. The first one analyses Russia’s primary foreign policy instruments. It will include an overview of institutional decision-making design, “hard” and “soft” power tools as they are perceived and used by Russian officials. The second block is designed as an overview of major driving forces and stages of the Russian foreign policy starting from the collapse of the USSR. The students will learn of Russia’s self-perception and self-positioning in the global multipolar world, as well as relations with other global actors and its participation the global governance institutions. Contemporary Russia’s identity in the context of relations with the West and the East will also be discussed in this block. The third block is focused on new global challenges and their influence on Russia’s self-perception and positioning in the world. The topics discussed will include: emerging technologies and their impact on international relations and Russia’s security; international migrations as a threat or developmental resource and its influence on human capital of modern Russia; economic vulnerabilities produced by growing protectionism, ex-territorial methods of economic pressure and trade wars, sanctions. The course will combine discourse analysis, constructivist, and neoinstitutional approaches.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • 1.- competence to understand and analyse major drivers and founding principles of post-Soviet foreign policy of Russia and its dynamics;
  • 2. - competence to analyse Russia’s self-perception and self-positioning in the global world and the respective regions;
  • 3. - develop skills to analyse and interpret key directions of Russia’s foreign policy and relations with other international actors.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge of basic tendencies in Russian migration flows, influence of demography and key principles of Russia's migration strategy
  • Knowledge of Russia's positions in the global enonomic relations system. Understanding of sanctions' and trade wars influence on Russia's economy.
  • Knowledge of Russia's priorities and interests in participating in OSCE, CSTO, UN Security Council, BRICS, G20. Understanding of Russia's view on the role of international multilateral organizations
  • Knowledge of the basis of relations between Russia and the “West”: main stages, key turning points and modern situation. Understanding of Russia's position on “Greater Europe” idea and origins of crisis between Russia’s and "collective West".
  • Knowledge of the main schools of foreign policy thinking in Post-Soviet Russia
  • Knowledge of the main sources of information on Russia’s foreign policy: official documents, web-sites, newspapers, media-resources. Skills to find the needed analytics on concrete topics. Skills to find academic articles on concrete issues.
  • Knowledge of the steps and different formats of integration on the post-soviet space; main institutional principles of Eurasian Economic Union; key goals and dymentions of integration. Understanding of Russia's goals and interests.
  • Understanding of main dichotomies of Russia’s identity. and challenges of post-soviet self-identification.
  • Understanding of the evolution of threat percentions, challenges and opportunities in Russia's foreing policy. Knowledge of the evolution of main foreign policy documents (foreign policy concepts, military docrines, etc.)
  • Understanding of the main drivers of Russia's "pivot to the east", Russia's interests and constrains. Knowledge of the key partnership of Russia in Asia and it's political and economic results.
  • Understanding of the peruliarities of Russia's "soft power", knowledge of main "soft power" institutes and instruments
  • Understanding of the role of non-governmantal institutions in decision-making process. Knowledge of main influential NGOs and academic institutions involved in consulting for the government, production of foreign policy ideas and recommendations.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Studying Russia’s foreign policy: the main tools and sources of knowledge
  • Non-governmental level: academic and expert community, NGOs
  • Post-soviet foreign policy schools and approaches in Russia
  • Continuity and discontinuity in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia’s foreign policy
  • Modern Russia’s foreign policy identity and self-positioning
  • Euro-Atlantic vector of Russia’s foreign policy
  • Eurasian vector of Russia’s foreign policy
  • Russia’s pivot to the East: opportunities and constraints
  • Russia in multilateral cooperation organizations
  • International migrations: a threat or development resource for Russia?
  • Russia’s soft power: challenges and reasons of limited success
  • Russia’s integration into the global economy: sovereignty vs development dilemma
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Essay
  • non-blocking presentations
  • non-blocking written
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2021/2022 2nd module
  • 2021/2022 3rd module
    0.3 * Essay + 0.3 * presentations + 0.4 * written


Recommended Core Bibliography

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  • Gabuev, A. (DE-588)118491978X, (DE-627)1663805598. (2015). A “soft alliance”? Russia-China relations after the Ukraine crisis Alexander Gabuev. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.44305553X
  • Gulina, O. R. . V. (DE-588)1027838839, (DE-576)281515778, aut. (2017). Migration as a (geo)political challenge for Russia / Olga Gulina. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.496542648
  • Karaganov, S. (2018). The new Cold War and the emerging Greater Eurasia. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.8B2DA7B3
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  • Timofeev, I. (DE-588)117290362X, (DE-576)514870222. (2015). Eurasia in Russian foreign policy [Elektronische Ressource] : interests, opportunities and constraints / Ivan Timofeev; Elena Alekseenkova. Paris: Ifri - Institut Français des Relations Internationales. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.468212647
  • Timofeev, I. V. (DE-588)117290362X, (DE-627)1041997604, (DE-576)514870222, aut. (2019). Sanctions against Russia 2018 review and forecast for 2019 Ivan Timofeev, Vladimir Morozov ; RIAC, Russian International Affairs Council. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.1664561528
  • Trenin, D. V. . (DE-588)114738327, (DE-576)175880190. (2014). Russia’s breakout from the post-Cold War system [Elektronische Ressource] : the drivers of Putin’s course / Dmitri Trenin. Moscow: Carnegie Moscow Center. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.444960643
  • Trenin, D. V. . (DE-588)114738327, (DE-576)175880190. (2014). The Ukraine crisis and the resumption of great-power rivalry [Elektronische Ressource] / Dmitri Trenin. Moscow: Carnegie Moscow Center. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.425223302
  • Trenin, D. V. . (DE-588)114738327, (DE-576)175880190. (2015). From Greater Europe to Greater Asia? [Elektronische Ressource] : The Sino-Russian entente / Dmitri Trenin. Moscow: Carnegie Moscow Center. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.448993783
  • Trenin, D. V. . V. (DE-588)114738327, (DE-576)175880190, aut. (2016). Should we fear Russia? / Dmitri Trenin. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.478700369
  • Tsygankov, A. P. (2014). Contested Identity and Foreign Policy: Interpreting Russia’s International Choices. International Studies Perspectives, 15(1), 19–35. https://doi.org/10.1111/insp.12000
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  • Tsygankov, A. P. (2019). Russia’s Foreign Policy : Change and Continuity in National Identity (Vol. Fifth edition). Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2031489
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  • Zhang, X., Li, L., & Gabuev, A. (2016). Competition or Coordination? The Eurasian Economic Union and China’s, One Belt, One Road Initiative. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.A0E28AE9

Recommended Additional Bibliography

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  • Ivan Timofeev, Yaroslav Lissovolik, & Liudmila Filippova. (2017). Russia’s Vision of the Belt and Road Initiative: From the Rivalry of the Great Powers to Forging a New Cooperation Model in Eurasia. China & World Economy, (5), 62. https://doi.org/10.1111/cwe.2017.25.issue-5
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