Fall 2017

Kremlin Rising: Russia's Foreign Policy in the 21st Century

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-380


Constantine V. Pleshakov (Section 01)


[IR] This course will examine the foreign policy of the Russian Federation of the past twenty years. As a successor state Russia has inherited both the Soviet Union's clout (nuclear arms, permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council) and Soviet debts - monetary, psychological, and historical. What are the conceptual foundations of Russian diplomacy? Can we deconstruct Russian nationalism so as to examine its different trends and their impact on foreign policy? Do Russian exports of oil and gas define Russian diplomacy, as it is often claimed? Is there any pattern in the struggle over resources and their export routes in continental Eurasia?

Requisite:  A previous POSC course.  Limited to 20 students. Fall semester. Visiting Professor Pleshakov.

If Overenrolled: Preference given to senior and junior Political Science majors who require the class, then to majors by rank, then to non-majors


Attention to Speaking


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021