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Politics & International Relations


EU–Russia Relations and a Future of Europe (4 ECTS credits, 32 academic hours, HSE Moscow) 
Dates: July, 20 - August, 7

 


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.

US-Russia Relations between the Cold Wars (2 ECTS credits, 16 academic hours, HSE Moscow)
Dates: July, 20 - 31

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’s Soft Power: What It Is and What It Might Be (2 ECTS credits, 16 academic hours, HSE Moscow)
Dates: August, 3 - 14

 

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? 

 * all dates TBC