Module 2: Russia in the International System

The aim of the module is to assess Russia’s position in the contemporary international relations. The module will confront Russia’s self-perceptions and contemporary geostrategic realities. It will assess Russia’s intents and capabilities related to its global regional and international ambitions. The discussion will then shift to the ideas that shape Russia’s policies and actions in respect to the United States, NATO, the European Union, the Middle East, China, and other major and middle powers, as well as the post-Soviet area. This part of the module will examine Russia’s interactions with the key state actors and international institutions and assess their impact on the current politics and security of the wider Baltic Sea region. In order to address how Russia’s efforts may influence security of the Baltic region, this module seeks to increase student’s awareness of how Russia uses available tools of power to fulfill its ambitions in international relations. The annual Conference on Russia will conclude the module. Students will meet with a broad mix of political and military leaders, top-level practitioners, and renowned experts to examine the current and future risks, challenges, and possibilities to international security posed by Russias activ-ities.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module, students should be able to:

  1. Generate policy recommendations in order to strategically address Russia in international relations.
  2. Appraise major foreign and security policy challenges Russia brings to the Baltic states, the wider Baltic Sea re-gion, and the Euro-Atlantic Community.
  3. Appraise the correlation between Russia’s domestic political dynamics and its foreign and security policy.
Assignment Assessment
Group presentations on Russia’s courses of action toward the Baltic states, an individual paper based on the presentation and individual contributions to achievement of the module learning outcomes. Summative – Pass/Fail/Pass with Distinction
Credits: 5 ECTS  

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