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The Routledge Handbook of Russian International Relations Studies

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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 which 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

Table of Contents

Introduction Maria Lagutina, Alexander Sergunin, Natalia Tsvetkova
Part One. Basics of Russian International Studies 
1. History of International Studies in Russia: from Ideology to Theory Valery Mikhaylenko, Elena Khakhalkina
2. Three Intellectual Traditions in Russian International Studies: Westernism, Statism and Eurasianism Andrei P. Tsygankov, Pavel A. Tsygankov
3. Mapping Russian IR Schools: The Post-Soviet Era Alexander Sergunin
Part Two. Russia’s International Relations Paradigms
4. Philosophy of International Relations Natalia Vasilieva
5. Russian Geopolitics: from Geographic Determinism to Critical Geopolitics Irina Zeleneva
6. Russian Сivilization Approaches to International Relations Natalia Eremina
7. Russian ‘Classic’ IR Theories Valery Konyshev, Alexander Sergunin
8. Regional Studies in Russia  Part Three. Area Studies in Russia Ekaterina Mikhaylenko, Maria Lagutina
9. European Studies in Russia Natalia G. Zaslavskaya
10. American Studies in Russia Ivan A. Tsvetkov
11. Asia-Pacific Studies in Russia Sergei Sevastianov, Ekaterina Koldunova, Dmitry Streltsov
12. Studies on Middle East in Russia Alexandra Ashmarina, Alexander Kornilov 
13. Latin American Studies in Russia Victor Jeifets
14. Arctic Studies in Russia Valery Konyshev, Alexander Sergunin 
15. Eurasian Studies in Russia Maria Lagutina, Ekaterina Mikhaylenko
Part Four. Russia's International Research Agenda 
16. Russia’s Vision of a New World Order: from Multipolarity to Polycentricity Irina Antonova, Maria Lagutina 
17. Russia’s Turn to the East? Yana Leksyutina
18. International Political Economy: Russian School Stanislav Tkachenko
19. From Stalin to Putin: Indivisibility of Peace and Security in Russian IR Scholarship and in Foreign Policy Dmitry Lanko, Gleb Yarovoy 
20. Conflict Studies in Russia: A Thorny Path through Ethnic Conflictology towards Integration with the Global Scholarship Denis S. Golubev
21. Russia’s Policy Towards the Unrecognized / Partially Recognized Post-Soviet States Zeynab Bakhturidze
22. Russian Diplomacy Studies: State of Art Tatiana Zonova, Roman Reinhardt  
23. Dealing with Difference: Studies on Soft Power in Russian and Global International Relations Natalia Tsvetkova, Grigory Yarygin 
24. Digital International Relations: Uncertainty, Fragmentation, and Political Framing Natalia Tsvetkova, Anna Sytnik, Tatyana Grishanina
25. Russia’s Sports Diplomacy Yulia Nikolaeva, Natalia Bogoliubova
26. Russia’s Climate Neutrality? Elena A. Maslova
27. The Russian Orthodox Church and the World: Mapping the Theme for IR Studies Tatiana Zonova, Andrea Giannotti, Roman Reinhardt  
28. Studies of the Role of Non-governmental Organizations in International Relations: Unity of Theory and Selectivity of Practice Elena V. Stetsko 
In lieu of Conclusion: towards a Global IR research agenda? Maria Lagutina, Alexander Sergunin, Natalia Tsvetkova


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Maria Lagutina is Professor of World Politics Department at the St. Petersburg State University. She is a Doctor of Political Sciences. Prof. Lagutina’s current research interests are oriented towards Eurasian integration and its regional and global dimensions, BRICS, Global Governance, Regional Integration, Comparative Regionalism, international cooperation in the Arctic. Among her publications: The Russian Project of Eurasian Integration. Geopolitical Prospects. (Lexington 2016; with co-authored N. Vasilyeva); Russia's Arctic Policy in the Twenty-first Century. National and International Dimensions. (Lexington 2019).

Natalia Tsvetkova is professor of history and head of American Studies Department at St. Petersburg State University, Russia. She writes about Cultural Cold War, cultural diplomacy and extensively about current public and digital diplomacy. Among her publications Cold War in Universities: U.S. and Soviet Cultural Diplomacy, 1945–1990 (Brill, 2021); Russia and The World: Understanding International Relations (Lexington 2017;2020).

Alexander Sergunin is a Professor of International Relations at the St. Petersburg State University and Professor of Political Science at the Nizhny Novgorod University (part-time). Specialist in Russian foreign policy thinking and making. The relevant publications include Explaining Russian Foreign Policy: Theory and Practice (Stuttgart: Ibidem Verlag, 2016).