Fall 2017

Kremlin Rising: Russia's Foreign Policy in the 21st Century

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-380


Constantine V. Pleshakov (Section 01)


[IR] This course will examine the foreign policy of the Russian Federation of the past twenty years. As a successor state Russia has inherited both the Soviet Union's clout (nuclear arms, permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council) and Soviet debts - monetary, psychological, and historical. What are the conceptual foundations of Russian diplomacy? Can we deconstruct Russian nationalism so as to examine its different trends and their impact on foreign policy? Do Russian exports of oil and gas define Russian diplomacy, as it is often claimed? Is there any pattern in the struggle over resources and their export routes in continental Eurasia?

Requisite:  A previous POSC course.  Limited to 20 students. Fall semester. Visiting Professor Pleshakov.

POSC 380 - L/D

Section 01
M 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM WEBS 217

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Who Lost Russia? How We Entered a New Cold War Oneworld Publications Ltd Peter Conradi Amherst Books TBD
The Silk Roads: A New History of the World Vintage Peter Frankopan Amherst Books TBD
Prisoners of Geography: Ten maps That Explain Everything About the World Scribner Tim Marshall Amherst Books TBD
War! What is it Good For? Conflict and the Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots Picador Ian Morris Amherst Books TBD
Should We Fear Russia? Polity Dmitri Trenin Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021