13 July 2019
Russian Foreign Policy: Modern Challenges
The course is designed to facilitate understanding of contemporary Russia’s foreign policy and its challenges. It is based on the study of Russia’s foreign policy documents – both national and international. As any big power, Russia pursues multidimensional foreign policy. The course will explore the role Russia plays in the post-bipolar global international system. Russia’s interests in the post-Soviet space, in Europe, in the Middle East, in the Asia-Pacific region and Central Asia will be discussed as well as US-Russia relations. Special attention will be paid to the role of numerous
international organizations and structures – where Russia is a member – in Russia’s foreign policy:
UN, G-8, G-20, Shanghai Cooperation
Organization, BRICS, etc.
The course is a graduate-level general introduction to modern Russia’s foreign policy. It begins with an assessment of the consequences of the collapse of the USSR and the changes that it brought to the global international system and Russia’s place in it.
The course is based on the study of major foreign policy documents: Russia’s National Security concepts, its Military doctrines and Concepts of Foreign Policy developed throughout the past two decades (with special attention paid to the most recent ones), agreements with its major counterparts such as the United States, EU, China, etc. Special attention will be paid to Russia’s multilateral treaties in the post-Soviet space and beyond: the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), the Collective Security Treaty Organization, the CIS Customs Union, Eurasian Economic Union,
Shanghai Cooperation Organization (ShCO) and others.
Security is an inherent concern for any nation. In the case of Russia it has been exacerbated by the nation’s historic experience as it suffered numerous foreign invasions and asserted itself in bitter and devastating struggle for its own survival – the latest one being the World War II in which the country lost more than 30 million of its sons and daughters.
Russia’s security concerns will be discussed from different perspectives, including the eastward expansion of NATO and US plans to deploy forward based antiballistic missile defense systems in European countries bordering on Russia.
In 1996 Russia became a member of the Council of Europe where it cooperates with its members in pursuing the goals of improving its democratic institutions. Russia recognizes the authority of the European Court of Human Rights.
EU is Russia’s one of the most important dialogue partners. Relations with Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Poland and other European powers will be discussed.
Since Russia is an Asia-Pacific state, Russia’s relations with major powers in the Pacific – Peoples’ Republic of China and Japan, with both Koreas, will be explored.
Relations of Russia with Arab states and Israel, with Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan, as well as Russia’s growing involvement in the Middle East Peace process, will be analyzed.
Fighting international terrorism is a multidimensional mission in Russia’s politics. It presents domestic, regional and international challenges for Russia.
EUR 2500: Tuition fee for one Module is 3 000 Euros. It covers application processing, tuition, visa support, free use of outstanding sports facilities (12 specialized gyms including a 25-meter swimming pool), course certificate after graduation, wide selection of afternoon and evening activities, 4 coach excursions per Module, welcome and graduation events, free WiFi, MGIMO T-shirt.