DIPL 6405 NA
Discussions of possible Russian meddling in the US elections, as well as Russia's intervention in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine it present key challenges to the international community. It is impossible to approach these challenges without a broader view at the sources of foreign policy in the former Soviet area. This course will survey the main issues in the history of Soviet relations with the foreign world, as well as the new foreign policies of Russia, the other Soviet successor states, and (to a lesser extent) the East and Central European states (in particular Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Romania, and Slovakia). The first part of the course explores topics such as longstanding sources of Russian and Soviet policies pre-dating 1917, the tensions between the pursuit of revolution abroad and state-building at home as sources of Soviet foreign policy, the links between domestic reform and foreign policy initiatives in the perestroika period, and the effects of the demise of the Soviet empire on the international system. The second part of the course analyzes the international behavior of Russia and the other former Soviet and former Soviet-bloc states after 1991. As examples we will discuss the role of interest groups in foreign policy-making i11 the post-Soviet period, alternative forms of political and economic integration within the Commonwealth of Independent States the challenges of integration into Western politico-economic (EU) and security (NATO) structures faced by the Central and East European states, and new forms of Russian intervention starting in 2014.
Balmaceda, Margarita M., "Foreign Policies of Post-Soviet States" (2017). Diplomacy Syllabi. 220.