The article addresses the issue of historical context of the Russian foreign policy and its practical implications. The author points out that the current political developments within the international system cannot be understood properly without assessing the historical trajectory of the Russian identity. The article is divided into three parts that demonstrate the importance of the contextual approach to the Russian foreign policy. The first part deals with the changes in international power balance and the need to conceptualize the new normal without suppressing opposing narratives.
70th anniversary of our victory in the Great Patriotic War and large-scale national and international events marking the end of the Second World War caused an unprecedented wave of interest in the history of the war and the problems of post-war world order. There are new estimates of the war differing from previous interpretations of events, many of which, apparently, are connected with the political situation. In this regard, I would like to focus on two important issues that seem to me to be underestimated nowadays – institutional component of the postwar world, and the specifics of the Asia-Pacific order at the end of the war.
The article deals with the retrospective of relations between Russia, USA and EU in the sphere of energy security, as well as their interaction regarding the current political crisis in the Ukraine. Particular attention is paid to the evolution of the key actors’ positions and the development of their relations within the framework of the regulatory regimes established by the most significant agreements in the energy sphere.
The author analyses strategic goals of the ‘eastward turn’ in the foreign policy of the Russian Federation that started in 2011 as well as related projects and dwells upon the statement that the world is undergoing fundamental and dynamic changes which can be largely accounted for by the two interconnected processes:
1) final shift of the centre of the world economic activity to the Asia-Pacific Region (APR) whose member-states will determine the trends, character and dynamics of the global system in the short term;
2) transition of major modern world conflicts to this region.
Dear colleagues, dear friends!
First of all, let me give a cordial welcome to those, who have accepted our invitation and agreed to participate in the conference which is held at MGIMO-University. It’s a great honour for us. I would like to thank the organizing committee, our professors and lecturers involved in preparation of the conference.
Report by Academician A.V. Torkunov at the round table of the International Forum ‘Eurasian Economic Perspective’ (June 12, 2013, Minsk, Belarus). Next year will be marked as the 20th anniversary of the Eurasian idea in the contemporary political discourse in the global arena. Nursultan Nazarbayev was the first to suggest building up a Eurasian Union at Moscow State University. The Eurasian integration project has emerged as a synergistic effect in the aftermath of the measures taken to implement this idea.
The article is based on the speech given in the Diplomatic Academy of Azerbaijan Foreign Ministry in May 2013. It gives a holistic picture of transformations that the contemporary international system is going through in light of the 2008-2009 international financial crisis.
Present times open new opportunities to restructure the education and research in the field of international relations in Russian universities. A community of scholars and diplomats face a number of completely new challenges, including the development of new areas of international knowledge and restoration of areas previously lost.
The article analyses the potential of Russian tertiary education as a tool of long term influence in world politics. It makes a coherent review of a changing nature of leadership in world politics, shows advantages and disadvantages of Russian education as a soft power tool, evaluates the current government initiatives to improve the quality and attractiveness of Russian universities and colleges.