Russia and Eurasia: Foreign and Security Policies
This information is for the 2012/13 session.
Course intended primarily for MSc International Relations, MSc International Relations (Research), MSc International Relations Theory, MSc Politics and Government of the EU (Stream 2) and LSE Sciences-Po Double Degree in European Studies. Also available to students taking MSc International Relations or MSc International Political Economy as part of the LSE-Sciences Po Double Degree in Affaires Internationales programme. It is available to students taking MSc Theory and History of International Relations, MSc Comparative Politics and other interested students where degree regulations permit.
All students are required to obtain permission from the Course Coordinator by completing the online application form linked to course selection on LSE for You. Admission is not guaranteed.
Some knowledge of post-1945 international history/international relations is necessary.
The course covers the various factors shaping Soviet, post-communist Russian and Eurasian foreign and security policy. It explores both the traditional foreign policy and security issues, such as the arms race and Détente, the role of the military, economic power projection, etc., as well as new soft power and security factors shaping policy, such as transnational civil society, sub-national regionalization, transnational ethnic and cultural networks, migration, the role of ideas, norms and norm entrepreneurs, etc. Key topics covered are Cold War, East-West relations and Détente; relations with Eastern Europe; relations with the Third World; Gorbachevs foreign policy and the end of the Cold War; post-Cold War Russian foreign and security policy; Russia and the near abroad; ethnic separatism and regional conflict; Russian national and sub-national engagement with the West; Russias relations with China and the other rising powers; other security challenges (demographic problems, social protest, regional developmental disparities, etc.); regionalism and multilateralism in Eurasia; domestic and external influences on foreign policy and security in Ukraine, Belarus and the states of the Caucasus and Central Asia; Caspian energy and foreign policies; the challenge of Afghanistan for the region; regional responses to the Middle Eastern uprisings.
There will be an introductory lecture in week 1 of MT followed by 15 one-hour lectures from week 1 of MT. There will be 18 one-and-a-half hour weekly seminars commencing in week 3 of MT, including two revision seminars in LT and ST.
Students intending to take the examination will be expected to write a minimum of three essays, of about 2,000 words each for the seminar teacher, and to present at least one seminar topic. These do not count towards the final mark.
A detailed reading list will be distributed at the beginning of the lecture course but students will find the following preliminary reading useful:
Bertsch, Gary K., Cassidy Craft, Scott A. Jones and Michael Beck, Crossroads and Conflict: Security and Foreign Policy in the Caucasus and Central Asia. New York and London, Routledge, 2000;
Brown, Archie, The Rise and Fall of Communism. London, The Bodley Head, 2009 (Suggested reading: Chapters 24-28);
Donaldson, Robert H. and Joseph L. Nogee, The Foreign Policy of Russia: Changing Systems, Enduring Interests. Armonk NY and London: M.E. Sharpe, 1998;
Fleron, Frederic J. Jr., Erik P. Hoffmann, Robbin F. Laird (eds), Classic Issues in Soviet Foreign Policy: From Lenin to Brezhnev. New York, Aldine de Gruyter;
Fleron, Frederic J. Jr., Erik P. Hoffmann, Robbin F. Laird (eds), Contemporary Issues in Soviet Foreign Policy: From Brezhnev to Gorbachev. New York, Aldine de Gruyter, 1991;
Haslam, Jonathan, Russias Cold War: From the October Revolution to the Fall of the Wall. New Haven, Yale Univ. Press, 2007;
Kennedy-Pipe, Caroline, Russia and the World, 1917-1991. London and New York, Arnold/Oxford University Press, 1998;
Leffler, Melvyn P. and Westad, Odd Arne (eds), The Cambridge History of the Cold War. New York, Cambridge University Press, 2010, Vol. 1-3. (Suggested reading: Volume 1, Chapters 1, 2, 5, 9, 15; Vol. 2, Chapters 2, 5, 7, 10, 13, 17; Vol. 3, Chapters 5, 7, 12, 15, 17, 24);
Lo, Bobo, Vladimir Putin and the Evolution of Russian Foreign Policy. London, RIIA and Blackwell, 2003;
MacKinnon, Mark, New Cold War: Revolutions, Rigged Elections, and Pipeline Politics in the Former Soviet Union, New York, Basic Books, 2007;
Mankoff, Jeffrey, Russian Foreign Policy: The Return of Great Power Politics, Lanham, Md, Rowman and Littlefield, 2009;
Moroney, Jennifer, Taras Kuzio, and Mikhail Molchanov, Ukrainian Foreign and Security Policy: Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives. Westport, Praeger, 2002;
Tsygankov, Andrei, Russias Foreign Policy: Change and Continuity in National Identity. Oxford, Rowman and Littlefield, 2006;
Zürcher, Christopher, The Post-Soviet Wars: Rebellion, Ethnic Conflict and Nationhood in the Caucasus, New York, New York University Press, 2007.
A formal three-hour examination in the ST (100%). Students must answer three out of twelve questions.