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International Relations of Russia


Admission requirements



This course analyses the complexity of international relations and foreign policy in modern Russia. It is thematic and theoretical, where appropriate tracing themes and developments since the Soviet era. At the same time, the course requires a high degree of awareness of contemporary events in Russia and the world. It begins by studying Russia as it has emerged from the rubble of the USSR as a regional power and a putative global actor. It focuses in particular on relations with the EU, NATO, the United States and China. The course moves on to study Russia’s relations with other republics in post-Soviet Eurasia – the so-called ‘near abroad’ from Ukraine to Uzbekistan. Also discussed is the emergence of regional integration projects and security challenges in Russia and Eurasia.

Course objectives

By the end of the course students will be able to:

  • demonstrate an in-depth understanding of Russian foreign policy and international relations in the period from 1991 to the present day;

  • interpret the broader meanings of these developments with reference to appropriate concepts and theoretical paradigms in the field of international relations;

  • develop their skills to independently and critically appraise current developments in the international relations of Russia



Mode of instruction


Course load

Total: 280 hrs (10 EC)
Lectures: 26 hours
Examination: 2 hours
Reading, writing: 252 hours

Assessment method

Written assignments (40%), participation (10%), written exam (50%)
Resit: written exam (assignments can be compensated)


Er wordt gebruik gemaakt van Blackboard

Reading list

Academic literature and reports from government organisations and NGOs will be available on Blackboard


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