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Post-Soviet Eurasia and SCO: Society, Politics and Integration

2019/2020
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
6
ECTS credits
Delivered at:
Магистерская программа "Международные отношения в Евразии", направление подготовки "Международные отношения" (Кент)
Course type:
Elective course
When:
2 year, 1 module

Instructor

Программа дисциплины

Аннотация

This course is designed for students in the international Masters program with concentrations in Political Science and International Relations. . In contrast to international relations courses offered at other Russian universities, it is dedicated exclusively to Asia and the SCO, and constructed according to the geographical and problem principle. Many of the topics included in the course lend themselves to discussion and debate, so different points of view on different problems are provided as much as possible in the recommended literature. In recent years, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) has become a major factor in the sphere of international relations in Eurasia. It unites the countries that are close to each other in the terms of their political and economic model and is able to influence the developments in this part of the world. This region has enormous human and natural resources and is capable of rapid economic development. Often, the SCO is viewed as an organization that is capable of becoming a world center for political and economic integration. Below follows an analysis of the opportunities to augment political, economic, and military cooperation within the SCO. Furthermore, it is proposed to analyze the likelihood that the SCO will realize its aspirations and potential and become a political and military counterbalance to the West.
Цель освоения дисциплины

Цель освоения дисциплины

  • Knowledge: of goals and tasks of international relations in the eastern part of Eurasia from 1990 to the present; of the foreign policy strategies of the main players in the region.
  • Ability: to use statistical data and academic, reference, and historical literature on the given theme to analyze conflicting situations in the region, foreign policy initiatives and economic interests of the main countries, and prospective future development of the region as a whole.
  • Awareness: a conception of current problems facing the Asian part of the post-Soviet space and neighboring states, including those problems under discussion that call forth opposition among the main participants, and possible methods of their resolution.
  • Skills: to critically evaluate analytical and scientific materials on the given issues.
Результаты освоения дисциплины

Результаты освоения дисциплины

  • To know goals and tasks of international relations in the eastern part of Eurasia from 1990 to the present. Ability to use statistical data and academic, reference, and historical literature on the given theme to analyze conflicting situations in the region, To know a conception of current problems facing the Asian part of the post-Soviet space. To be able to critically evaluate analytical and scientific materials on the given issues.
Содержание учебной дисциплины

Содержание учебной дисциплины

  • Russia's Search for a New International Identity
    Three identities as a source for Russian self-identification: Imperial, Soviet, Western. Historical origins of Russian policy in Asia. Russia in Central Asia and China in 19th century. Soviet policy of Integration in Asia. Conflict between two versions of communism. Centrifugal tendencies of 1980’s. Belovezhsliye Agreements. Original scheme of CIS. Multi-speed Commonwealth. Russia between Europe and Asia today.
  • Attempts at Economic Modernization and Its Obstacles before Modernization
  • Whither the Russian Political System?
  • How Solid Are the Authoritarian Regimes?
  • The Rise of the New States and Their International Orientation
  • Eurasian Integration
  • The Energy Factor in Eurasia: Domestic and International Dimensions
  • The Caspian and Central Asia – Knots of Problems
  • Orange Revolutions and Post-Revolutionary Reaction: Georgia and Ukraine
  • Russian/Soviet Strategic Culture(s) and Threat Perceptions. Ethnic Conflicts. – Islamist Radicalism, Terrorism and Other New Threats
  • Chechnya and Northern Caucasus conflicts
  • The Future of Eurasia
Элементы контроля

Элементы контроля

  • Attendance and participation (неблокирующий)
  • Final essay (неблокирующий)
Промежуточная аттестация

Промежуточная аттестация

  • Промежуточная аттестация (1 модуль)
    0.3 * Attendance and participation + 0.7 * Final essay
Список литературы

Список литературы

Рекомендуемая основная литература

  • Charap, S. V. (DE-588)1140057758, (DE-576)409399108, aut. (2017). Everyone loses : the Ukraine crisis and the ruinous contest for Post-Soviet Eurasia / Samuel Charap, Timothy J. Colton. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.48224206X
  • Gel'man, Vladimir, and Otar Marganiya. Resource Curse and Post-Soviet Eurasia : Oil, Gas, and Modernization, Lexington Books, 2010. ProQuest Ebook Central, https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/hselibrary-ebooks/detail.action?docID=616221.
  • Molchanov, M. A. (2015). Eurasian Regionalisms and Russian Foreign Policy. Farnham, Surrey, UK: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=841535

Рекомендуемая дополнительная литература

  • Muzalevsky, R. (2015). China’s rise and reconfiguration of Central Asia’s geopolitics : a case for U.S. “pivot” to Eurasia / Roman Muzalevsky. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsgpr&AN=edsgpr.000967969