Politics & International Relations
EU–Russia Relations and a Future of Europe (4 ECTS credits, 32 academic hours, HSE Moscow)
Dates: July, 03 - 22
This course is designed to offer an in-depth study of the EU-Russia relationship. It will look at the history of that relationship and analyze its legal and analytical framework. The course is designed to cover EU-Russia relations from multiple angles (e.g., the role of values and interests, and the influence of relations between Russia and individual member states) and in a number of spheres and dimensions (e.g., global politics, relations in the post-Soviet space, security, energy, and transport). It will also address how the relationship is currently developing, as well as key issues, such as negotiations on a new strategic partnership treaty, prospects for a visa-free regime and the partnership for modernization project.
Rising Powers in World Politics (2 ECTS credits, 16 academic hours, HSE Moscow)
Dates: July, 17 - 29
We are in the middle of an unprecedented shift in wealth and power away from the West and towards the countries of the developing world. How will this dramatic shift in power affect international relations? Are we headed towards an era of increased instability and great power conflict? Or will the rise of the developing world increase economic equality and political representation at the level of global politics? This class will explore these and other questions through the lens of international relations theory. We will focus on the five major rising powers: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (colloquially known as the BRICS), looking at the domestic and international factors that are behind their rise and the impact they have had on major areas of international politics. We will also look at the approaches they take to major 21st century policy questions, such as terrorism, economic development, climate change, and reform to international financial institutions after the latest economic crisis.
US-Russia Relations between the Cold Wars (2 ECTS credits, 16 academic hours, HSE Moscow)
Dates: July, 03 - 15
The course contains conceptual analyses and practical study of the US-Russia relations since the end of the Cold War. It explores structural problems and theoretical patterns of the relations, as well as analyzes their evolution during the last 20 years. Special attention is given to analysis of US-Russia relations under the first Obama Administration, known as the 'reset'. An important feature of the course is that it approaches problems of US-Russia relations and their development in the wider context of the two countries’ foreign and domestic policies during a given period of time, as well as of the challenges and opportunities the sides have faced in the international environment. US-Russia relations are thus dealt with as part of the bigger picture of the two countries’ development and the evolution of their international positions.
Russia in Asia-Pacific: Challenges and Opportunities (4 ECTS credits, 32 academic hours, HSE Moscow)
Dates: July,10 - 29
The course aims to initiate an in-depth and comprehensive discussion on Russia’s policy in Asia-Pacific: its key priorities, trends and interim results along with issues and challenges it is currently encountering. The programme approaches the subject from an innovative perspective in order to encourage students’ conceptual thinking by means of an extensive and interactive training.
Russia’s Soft Power: What It Is and What It Might Be (2 ECTS credits, 16 academic hours, HSE Moscow)
Dates: July, 17 - 22
Nye’s’ concept of “soft power” has become one of the most popularly concepts in modern day discussion of international relations. Though often invoked by policymakers and the general public, the concept itself is poorly understood and seldom treated in a rigorous and systematic way. In this part of the course we will examine soft power as a theoretical concept and explore its relationship to other facets of power, such as coercion and inducement. We will look to answer three fundamental questions: What constitutes soft power? How can we measure its use? And how can states and other international actors use it to get what they want? We will also look to see whether American and Western soft power is in decline and also how other, non-Western, centers of power are trying to use it to achieve their foreign policy goals.
Soft power is widely considered to be a missing part or at least a weak point among Russian foreign policy instruments, both globally and regionally. Without ideology, with sluggish and one-sided economy, pervasive corruption, ineffective governance and poor rule of law, contemporary Russia cannot be an attractive model comparable to either the US and the EU, or rapidly growing and successful China. Thus, the argument goes, it is compelled to use hard power (both military and economic), as well as skillful diplomatic art, to promote its interests, while competition between Russia and the West at the former USSR is widely described as a clash between the Western soft and Russian hard power.
The “clash of soft powers” in Asia-Pacific. The specificity of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian and Southeast Asian soft powers: points of convergence and divergence. An assessment of Western soft power capabilities in Asia-Pacific. Asia-Pacific soft power discourse: between nationalism and identity-building. Soft power and public diplomacy: the Asia-Pacific dimension. “Leadernomics” and “nationnomics” in Asia-Pacific: complimentarity or contradiction?
Russia and Non-Traditional Security Challenges in the Contemporary World (2 ECTS credits, 16 academic hours, HSE Moscow)
Dates: July, 24 - 29
Global security is undergoing profound changes with implications for the global and the regional milieu. Under these circumstances, combating non-traditional security challenges remains the only sphere of cooperation with a consolidating effect.
The course addresses a number of salient non-traditional security issues at the global and the regional level. It encourages students’ conceptual thinking on what should be done in order to maintain the cooperative paradigm in relations between key global actors against the current advent of the “Cold War: 2.0.”.
BRICS Countries and the Emerging Global Order (2 ECTS credits, 16 academic hours, HSE Moscow)
Dates: June, 20 - July, 01
This course focuses on the main reasons for setting up political and trade Blocs in Asia Pacific giving prospects to shape general patterns of Regional Integration. In the same time it provides a general design for creation of a total new Structure of Regional Security. In general we will summarize bilateral and multilateral relations between regional states as well the impact of globalization to this region and the role played by external actors. In this course we will stress on most important functional features of the emerging regional order: economics, globalization, and regional security.
Global Actors in Public Policy (4 ECTS credits, 32 academic hours, HSE Moscow)
Dates: July, 31 - August, 19