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The Role of Russia in Managing Global Water Challenge at the Modern Stage

Student: Daria Ravilova

Supervisor: Anastasia Likhacheva

Faculty: Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs

Educational Programme: International Relations (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2020

The issue of water scarcity has become global at the modern stage. According to the UN, more than 40% of the world's population needs additional sources of clean fresh water, which appears to be one of the major factors contributing not only to human development, but also to the economic growth of separate states and national and international security. Although Russia is the second world’s biggest water reservoir, the state might does not fully use its potential to become the regional and global water hegemon. While there has been numerous research on the analysis of the Russia’s potential as a key exporter of water-intensive products, the main destinations and projects of the application of the concept of virtual water by Russia have not been studied enough. That is why this research aims to identify how Russia converts significant fresh water reserves into a foreign policy resource to manage global water crisis. With this purpose in mind, the mixed-methods research design including content-analysis and statistical analysis will be employed. Keywords: water scarcity, transboundary water relations, virtual water, political realism.

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