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Russian Approaches Towards the Development of Regional Security Complex in the Arctic Region

Student: Alexander Kolosov

Supervisor: Maxim Bratersky

Faculty: Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs

Educational Programme: Double degree programme in International Relations of the NRU HSE and the University of London (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2020

The main goals of this work are to analyse events that take place in the Arctic region, find out the real position and approaches of Russia towards these events. In this paper, it is essential to discuss and show what is happening between Countries of the Arctic Region in their attempts to gain more influence and land in the Far North. Also, this paper analyzes Russian perspectives and interests towards this region and their approaches towards the attempts of other countries to prevent the spread of Russian influence in the Arctic. Moreover, the understanding of Russian strategy and plans for this region is also essential to fulfil the primary goal of this thesis. It will help us to understand Russian perspectives in this region and to develop a further possible strategy for Russia to be able to increase its influence and to use Arctic region profitably. Thus, in order to complete this task, this paper is divided into three parts which cover the history of Arctic region and the main disputes. Russian attitude, approaches to the security complex, different obstacles and problems, and its strategy for the further development of the Arctic zone are also discussed here.

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