1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Russian International Relations Studies

    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 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



    Maria Lagutina is professor of world politics department at St. Petersburg State University. She is a doctor of political sciences. Professor Lagutina’s current research interests are oriented towards Eurasian integration and its regional and global dimensions, BRICS, global governance, regional integration, comparative regionalism, and international cooperation in the Arctic. Among her publications: The Russian Project of Eurasian Integration: Geopolitical Prospects (Lexington 2016; co-authored with N. Vasilyeva); Russia’s Arctic Policy in the Twenty-first Century: National and International Dimensions (Lexington 2019).

    Alexander Sergunin is a professor of international relations at St. Petersburg State University and a professor of political science at the Nizhny Novgorod University (part time). A specialist in Russian foreign policy thinking and making, his relevant publications include Explaining Russian Foreign Policy: Theory and Practice (2016).

    Natalia Tsvetkova is a professor of history and head of the American studies department at St. Petersburg State University, Russia. She writes about the 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) and Russia and the World: Understanding International Relations (Lexington 2017, 2020).