Spring 2020 - IS 304 D200
Russian Foreign and Security Policies (4)
Class Number: 9120
Delivery Method: In Person
Introduces the Russian Federation's foreign and security policies. Reviews key actors, institutions, and stages in the development of Russian foreign policy development as well as the gap between rhetoric and realities in Russian foreign policy.
This course is designed to develop student expertise on Russian Foreign Policy. We will begin with an overview of how scholars study the subject of ‘foreign policy analysis’ and the multiple dimensions “power”, followed by brief examination of the historical roots of Russian foreign policy and then an analysis of domestic politics and the making of Russian foreign and security policies. Key issues, debates and practices in Russian foreign policy will be explored, and the evolution of different types of Russian influence – ideational, soft, hard and “practical” – will be highlighted. Students will be encouraged to explore Russian policy thinking and action towards specific issues in key regions which may include Central Asia, the Western CIS, the Caucasus, Asia, Europe and the US.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
The course aims to familiarize students with the principal alternative approaches to Russian foreign policy analysis, and to consider what kinds of power and influence Russia possesses. By the end of the course, students will be able to carefully assess whether, how and why Russian power and influence have evolved over time. Second, students will have learnt how to critically participate in and contribute to contemporary debates about Russian foreign policy and foreign policy-making using theoretically-informed empirical analysis. This will be assessed in oral and written format, and thus help students to hone these key skills. Third, students will have developed and defended their own critical study of a chosen issue in Russian foreign policy. By the end of the course, students will be able to critique the concept of power, situate their own evidence-based arguments within the academic literature and outline, and defend pragmatic policy prescriptions.
- Participation including oral presentations 20%
- Research essay 45%
- Final test 35%
Andrey Tsygankov, Russia’s Foreign Policy, Rowmann and Littlefield Publishers, 2016
Richard Sakwa, Henry E Hale and Stephen White, eds, Developments in Russian Politics 9, 2019
Timothy J Colton, Russia: What Everyone Needs to Know, OUP, 2016.
Jeffrey Mankoff, Russian Foreign Policy; The Return of Great Power Politics, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2009
Walter Lacqueur, Putinism: Russia and its Future with the West (Thomas Dunne, 2015).
Timothy Snyder, The Road to Unfreedom, Tim Dugan Books, 2018 (paperback)
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