Russia, Civilizational Realism, and the Multi-Polar World

‘Civilizational realism’ is a term used by international relations scholars to describe a distinctive Russian foreign policy orientation that has been emerging over the last decade: Russia seeks to forge a new world order in which it will play a key role alongside two other ‘great powers’, the USA and China. Vladimir Putin provided the first clear elaboration of this ‘civilizational realism’ in a speech delivered in 2013 at the Valdai Discussion Club (a Moscow-based think tank). In this course, we will examine the contours of ‘civilizational realism’, as well as reactions to it from Nicolai Petro and John Mearsheimer.


SUGGESTED READING


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Vladimir Putin and ‘Civilizational Realism’.
  • Nicolai N. Petro’s assessment of ‘civilizational realism’.
  • John J. Mearsheimer’s views on the emerging multi-polar world.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the basic concepts of ‘Civilizational Realism’.
  2. Comprehend the strengths and weaknesses of ‘Civilizational Realism’.
  3. Appreciate some of the geopolitical implications of the emerging multi-polar world.
$22 Limited

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06 Apr

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