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EU-Russia Relations Today

Monday 1 July - Friday 12 July, 2019

2 weeks = 2 ECTS

Course description

This course explores the problems and potential solutions driving EU-Russia relations. We will talk about the internal workings of both the EU and the Russian state, define their foreign policy modes, and trace the way the relations unfolded since the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall. If you want to learn why Corfu Island is so important for the relations between Brussels and the Kremlin, what EU-Russian Common Spaces are, or trace the role of the Russian national champion Gazprom in EU-Russia energy relations, this course is for you.

The course does not only covers the dynamics between Brussels and the Kremlin, but also talks of the inner workings and foreign policy models of the EU and Russia.

The course is open to anyone interested in global politics and EU-Russia relations. There are no prerequisites to enroll except for English language proficiency.

Course content

  • Russia's foreign policy mode today
  • The menu of the EU foreign policies
  • EU-Russia relations in the 1990s
  • The turn of the century and the Kosovo crisis
  • EU-Russia relations in the early 2000s and the issue of Chechnya
  • Cooperation and conflict at the brink of Eastern Enlargement
  • Colour revolutions of 2003-2005
  • 2006-2008: gas diplomacy
  • Russian-Georgian conflict and the partnership for Modernization
  • The current crisis in EU-Russia relations
  • Sanctions in EU-Russia relations today

Teaching

One lecture per day, 9 days of classes in total and a final exam on the 10th day. Final assessment will be done upon the results of written test.

Learning outcome

Having completed this course, students will be better equipped to both pursure research in EU-Russia relations and develop policy expertise and advice. 

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