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   Course Title    Russia in the International Relations after the Cold War
Lecturer    Sergei Baburkin
Institution    Yaroslavl State Pedagogical University
Country    Russian Federation



The course is devoted to the new developments in international relations and the evolving foreign policy of Russia after the end of the Cold War and the breakup of the Soviet Union. The course will explore the main changes and trends in the international arena after the Cold War and examine the new place and role of Russia in the Post Cold War International Relations. It will analyze the process of elaboration of the new foreign policy of Russia and its realization in different regions and bilateral relations.

Three major groups of issues will be addressed:

  1. International Relations after the Cold War and the status, place, and role of new Russia in the world;
  2. Problems of elaboration and realization of the new foreign policy of Russia;
  3. Regional foreign policy strategies of Russia and bilateral relations with different countries of the world.

Within those sets of topics, the following issues will be examined:


 1- International Relations after the Cold War

Week 1: End of the Cold War and its implications for the International Relations

The roots of the current stage of International Relations. From the ‘old’ to the ‘new’ world order. International Relations at the end of 80-s. Perestroika, ‘new thinking’ and changes in the character of International Relations of the bipolar world. Dissolution of the Warsow Treaty, the breakup of the Soviet Union, the end of the bipolar world.

Frederic Fleron, Eric Hoffmann, Robbin Laird, eds., Contemporary Issues in Soviet Foreign Policy, (New York: Aldine de Gruyter, 1991).

Robert Legvold, "The revolution in Soviet Foreign Policy", in Frederic Fleron, Eric Hoffmann, Robbin Laird, eds., Contemporary Issues in Soviet Foreign Policy, pp. 357 - 369.

Alex Pravda, "Linkages Between Soviet Domestic and Foreign Policy Under Gorbachev", in Frederic Fleron, Eric Hoffmann, Robbin Laird, eds., Contemporary Issues in Soviet Foreign Policy, pp. 424 - 443.

Stephen Sestanovich, "Gorbachev’s Foreign Policy: A Diplomacy of Decline", in Frederic Fleron, Eric Hoffmann, Robbin Laird, eds., Contemporary Issues in Soviet Foreign Policy, pp. 574 - 596.

Jack Snyder, "The Gorbachev Revolution : A Waning of Expansionism?", in Frederic Fleron, Eric Hoffmann, Robbin Laird, eds., Contemporary Issues in Soviet Foreign Policy, pp. 743 - 776.

Nicolai N. Petro, Alvin Z. Rubinstein, Russian Foreign Policy: From Empire to Nation State, (N.Y.: Longman, 1997).

 

Week 2: The making of the new world order

The making of the new world order. Transitional character (nature) of the current stage of International Relations - ‘the new world disorder’. Major processes, trends and components of restructuring of International Relations and making of the new world order. Multipolarity vs. Unipolarity. Political, economical, military components of International Relations and their relative importance after the Cold War. New theories and concepts of International Relations after the Cold War. The forecasts and perspectives of the development of International Relations.

Samuel P. Huntington, "The Clash of Civilizations?", Foreign Affairs, Vol.72, No. 3 (Summer, 1993), pp. 22 - 49.

Kenneth Waltz, "The Emerging Structure of International Politics", International Security, Vol.18, No. 2 ( 1993 ) , pp. 44 - 79.

 

Week 3: Changing roles and strategies of the major actors in International Relations

Evolution of the role, positions and policy of the major actors in International Relations. Foreign policy strategies of the USA, major European countries, Japan, China. International Organizations in search of new roles (UN, NATO).


2- The New Foreign Policy of Russia

Week 4: Status and role of Russia in International Relations after the break up of the Soviet Union

Negative and positive changes in the geopolitical and geostrategical position of Russia. Opportunities and limitations of Russia in the International Relations after the Cold War.

The major factors determining the formulation and realization of the Russian foreign policy - traditional and new, internal and external, objective and subjective.

Mette Skak, From Empire to Anarchy. Postcommunist Foreign Policy and International Relations, (London, Hurst &Company, 1996), pp.137 - 144.

 

Week 5: Russia in search of identity and new conceptual basis of foreign policy

The theoretical discussions on the foreign policy issues. The search for and elaboration of the new conceptual basis for the foreign policy formulation. The dissemination of the National Security theory, the rehabilitation of geopolitics. Major conceptual approaches towards Russian foreign policy - atlanticism, eurasianism, doctrine of ‘concentric circles’, doctrine of ‘all azimuths’.

Mette Skak, From Empire to Anarchy. Postcommunist Foreign Policy and International Relations, (London, Hurst &Company, 1996), pp. 144 - 147.

Nicolai N. Petro, Alvin Z. RubiNstein, Russian Foreign Policy: From Empire to Nation-State, (N.Y.:Longman, 1997), pp. 98 - 112; 310 - 320.

 

Week 6: Russia’s official foreign policy doctrine and the decision making process

The elaboration of the official foreign policy doctrine. The problem of the status of Russia in contemporary International Relations. The dimensions of ‘greatness’. The new identification of national interests, threats and challenges. The elaboration of the new strategy. The main objectives and priorities of Russia on the international arena. The diplomatic, political, economic and military components of Russian foreign policy. The use of force in Russian foreign policy.

The decision making process in the area of foreign policy - continuity and change. The role of state and social institutions in formulation and realization of Russian foreign policy. The problems of interactions between them. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation: Institutional evolution.

Transitional nature of contemporary Russian foreign policy. Major causes, stages and trends of its evolution in 90s.

Nodari A.Simonia, "Priorities of Russia’s Foreign Policy and the Way It Works", in Adeed Dawisha nad Karen Dawisha, eds., The Making of Foreign Policy in Russia and the New States of Eurasia , pp. 17 - 40.

Jeffrey Checkel, "Structure, Institutions and Process: Russia’s Changing Foreign Policy", in Adeed Dawisha nad Karen Dawisha, eds., The Making of Foreign Policy in Russia and the New States of Eurasia, pp. 42 - 59.

Mette Skak, From Empire to Anarchy. Postcommunist Foreign Policy and International Relations, (London, Hurst &Company, 1996), pp. 170 - 191.

Alvin Z. Rubinstein, "The Transformation of Russian Foreign Policy", in Karen Dawisha ed., The International Dimention of Post-Communist Transitions in Russia and the New States of Eurasia, pp. 33 - 67.


 3- Russia’s Regional Foreign Policy Strategies and Bilateral Relations

Week 7: Russia’s foreign policy in the post-Soviet space

CIS - major stages and trends of development. Concept of ‘Integration at different speeds’. Russia in CIS. Russia and Belarussia, Russia and Ukraine, Russia and Transcaucas. Russia and conflicts in the post-Soviet space.

Jonathan Valdez, "The Near Abroad, the West, and the National Identity in Russian Foreign Policy", in Adeed Dawisha and Karen Dawisha, eds., The Making of Foreign Policy in Russia and the New States of Eurasia, pp. 84 - 106.

Mette Skak, From Empire to Anarchy. Postcommunist Foreign Policy and International Relations, (London, Hurst &Company, 1996), pp.147 - 170.

Nicolai N. Petro, Alvin Z. Rubinstein, Russian Foreign Policy: From Empire to Nation-State, pp.113 - 130.

 

Week 8: Russia and USA

From "strategic partnership" to "pragmatic partnership": stages of the evolution of US-Russian relationships. Conflict and cooperation in US-Russian relations.

Nicolai N.Petro, Alvin Z.Rubinstein, Russian Foreign Policy: From Empire to Nation-State, (N.Y., Longman, 1997) , pp. 287 - 309.

 

Week 9: Russia and Europe

Russia and European processes, organizations, conflicts. Russia and major West European states. Russia and Central and Eastern Europe.

Nicolai N.Petro, Alvin Z.Rubinstein, Russian Foreign Policy: From Empire to Nation-State, (N.Y., Longman, 1997), pp.179 - 188.

 

Week 10: Other regional strategies. Russia in International Organizations

Russian foreign policy in APR, Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

Russia and UN. Russia and OSCE. Russia and European Council. Russia and ASEAN, NACC, etc.

Nicolai N.Petro, Alvin Z.Rubinstein, Russian Foreign Policy: From Empire to Nation-State, (N.Y., Longman, 1997), pp. 191 -236; 265 - 286.

Andrew A. Bouchkin, "Russia’s Far Eastern Policy in the 1990s. Priorities and Prospects" in Adeed Dawisha and Karen Dawisha, eds., The Making of Foreign Policy in Russia and the New States of Eurasia", pp. 66 - 83.





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