Intensive Professional Programs
Direction «International Relations»

Political Changes, Conflicts and Cooperation in Eurasia

Duration: 2 months (February-March)
Language: English

About program

This intensive program offers postgraduate students and specialists the opportunity to meet leading scholars of Russian and Eurasian politics and security. Participants learn to apply multiple theoretical models to analyze Eurasian conflicts, and will discuss ways to overcome them. The program examines current conflicts in the context of post-Soviet political developments. This context includes the emergence of new national and sub-national post-Soviet regimes as well as global trends of conflict and cooperation. The program offers the best educational traditions of the most independent private university in Russia to study the region thoroughly.

Who is it for?

  • MA or PhD students seeking to deepen their knowledge in the regional studies of Russia and Eurasia. The intensive program format allows participants to learn much and enrich their thesis research within a short time.
  • Specialists in history, political studies and international relations who require a better understanding of the post-Soviet space
  • Journalists who want to be able to demonstrate competency in up-to-date analysis of regional specifics

How is the program arranged?

The program is conducted online. There is no need to worry about your location to take it. Nevertheless, we will make sure that participants have the full support of EUSP staff and professors.

Besides the core courses of the program, all participants will have an intensive Russian language course, offered at three different levels for maximum effectiveness.

In addition, EUSP’s revamped international programs include an academic writing course. This course aims to improve the appropriate writing skills of all participants — skills for writing final essays in their discipline and articles for print and other media. These skills will help students apply and disseminate their knowledge of the subject in the future.

The program can be taken either as a part of EUSP’s four-module Russian and Eurasian Studies Program or as a separate unit.

What do you get?

The program is conducted online. There is no need to worry about your location to take it. Nevertheless, we will make sure that participants have the full support of EUSP staff and professors.

Besides the core courses of the program, all participants will have an intensive Russian language course, offered at three different levels for maximum effectiveness.

In addition, EUSP’s revamped international programs include an academic writing course. This course aims to improve the appropriate writing skills of all participants — skills for writing final essays in their discipline and articles for print and other media. These skills will help students apply and disseminate their knowledge of the subject in the future.

The program can be taken either as a part of EUSP’s four-module Russian and Eurasian Studies Program or as a separate unit.

Courses

Eurasia in and beyond conflict

The course will focus on the sources of and the pathways that led to the ongoing tragic conflict in Ukraine and instability in the South Caucasus. It will engage competing conceptual perspectives on war and the making of peace to provide participants with a toolkit to assess the risk of an outbreak of conflict as well as its ripeness for negotiation and resolution. We [NFL1] will address the current strategic and moral dilemmas faced by national governments in Eurasia and apply the existing scholarship on international orders and post-war settlements to the blueprints for a post-war security architecture in Europe, Eurasia and elsewhere.

Russia and Armed Conflicts in and beyond Eurasia

The course focuses on the main trends in Russia’s policies on armed conflicts in the 21st century, as well as the origins, drivers, specifics, and key implications of Russia’s involvement in conflicts and conflict management in and beyond Eurasia. It also covers Russia’s approaches to major campaigns of organized political violence other than armed conflicts (terrorism, violent extremism, one-sided violence against civilians) in Russia, other Eurasian states, and selected regions beyond Eurasia (the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa). The course employs a multidisciplinary analytical framework centered on peace and conflict studies and the human security approach. It explores the role of both state and non-state actors in armed violence and violence control, and discusses various conflict engagement strategies, from interventions to peace processes.

Russia in the International Relations System

This course offers a comparative look at the making and implementation of Russian Foreign Policy after the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union. The course offers a combination of two options. We begin with an investigation of the sources of Russian conduct and analyze Russia’s foreign policy institutions and priorities.

Political Changes in Post-Soviet Eurasia

The course focuses on the emergence and development of political systems the countries of post-Soviet Eurasia within the context of political regime dynamics and state building. Taking the Soviet system and collapse of the Soviet Union as a point of departure, the course traces the making and unmaking of major political institutions in this region by examining the impact of various legacies of the past, the role of domestic and international political and economic actors, and the effects of global trajectories of the twenty-first century. Special attention is devoted to patterns of political continuity and changes during the current wave of domestic and international conflicts. We will also discuss recent developments and current crises in the region with regard to their political, socio-economic, and security consequences.

European Neighborhood Policy in the Post-Soviet Space

Academic writing

Russian language

Teachers

HOW TO APPLY?

  1. Send an email to international@eu.spb.ru with “Political Changes, Conflicts and Cooperation in Eurasia” in the subject line and ask any questions you might have.
  2. Fill out the application form you receive.
  3. Write a motivation letter.
  4. Have an interview with the academic director of the program.
  5. Receive confirmation of your enrollment.