ABSTRACT

This handbook examines the study of international relations (IR) in Russia, giving a comprehensive analysis of historical, theoretic-conceptual, geographical, and institutional aspects. It identifies the place and role of Russia in global IR and discusses the factors that facilitate or impede the development of Russian IR studies. The contributors represent diverse Russian regions and IR schools and offer an overview of different intellectual traditions and key IR paradigms in the post-Soviet era. Filling the vacuum in international understanding of the Russian perspective on pivotal international issues, they demonstrate the continuity and change in Russia’s international policy course over the past three decades and explain how different foreign policy schools and concepts have affected Russian foreign policy making and the decision-making process. Providing a unique contribution to the discussion on non-Western IR theory, this handbook will appeal to scholars and students of international relations, Russian studies, world politics, and international studies.

Introduction  Part One. Basics of Russian International Studies  1. History of International Studies in Russia: from Ideology to Theory  2. Three Intellectual Traditions in Russian International Studies: Westernism, Statism and Eurasianism  3. Mapping Russian IR Schools: The Post-Soviet Era  Part Two. Russia’s International Relations Paradigms  4. Philosophy of International Relations  5. Russian Geopolitics: from Geographic Determinism to Critical Geopolitics  6. Russian Сivilization Approaches to International Relations  7. Russian ‘Classic’ IR Theories  8. Regional Studies in Russia  Part Three. Area Studies in Russia  9. European Studies in Russia  10. American Studies in Russia  11. Asia-Pacific Studies in Russia  12. Studies on Middle East in Russia  13. Latin American Studies in Russia  14. Arctic Studies in Russia  15. Eurasian Studies in Russia  Part Four. Russia's International Research Agenda  16. Russia’s Vision of a New World Order: from Multipolarity to Polycentricity  17. Russia’s Turn to the East?  18. International Political Economy: Russian School  19. From Stalin to Putin: Indivisibility of Peace and Security in Russian IR Scholarship and in Foreign Policy  20. Conflict Studies in Russia: A Thorny Path through Ethnic Conflictology towards Integration with the Global Scholarship  21. Russia’s Policy Towards the Unrecognized / Partially Recognized Post-Soviet States  22. Russian Diplomacy Studies: State of Art  23. Dealing with Difference: Studies on Soft Power in Russian and Global International Relations  24. Digital International Relations: Uncertainty, Fragmentation, and Political Framing  25. Russia’s Sports Diplomacy  26. Russia’s Climate Neutrality?  27. The Russian Orthodox Church and the World: Mapping the Theme for IR Studies  28. Studies of the Role of Non-governmental Organizations in International Relations: Unity of Theory and Selectivity of Practice  In lieu of Conclusion: towards a Global IR research agenda?