Torkunov A.V.

Great Eurasian Power in The Whirlwind of Change: Russia’s Mission in the 21st Century

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.

On Some Issues of Post-War World Order

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.

European Uunion Energy Security and Russia

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.

MGIMO University scientific schools turns 70

The article discusses the research and development achievements of MGIMO-University and lays out a framework for further development. The author the responses of the humankind to the challenges of history are bound with acute contradictions and chaos in social and international relations. Among the main tools for soothing the contradictions are education and science.
The author dwells upon the issue of educating students for Foreign Service. The education programs should include a following subject triad: history of international relations, international law and macroeconomics. This suggestion reflects the developments in worlds top universities. Among the key competencies required for work at Foreign Crevice are intercultural communication, political psychology and negotiation skills.

On the New East Policy of Russia

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. 

MGIMO in the Guinness Book of Records

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. 

Prospects of Eurasian Economic Integration

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.

Creating world-class universities: new trends in Russian higher education

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.

Education as a Soft Power Tool in Russian Foreign Policy

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.