Russia in Regional Organisations

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Russia in Regional Organisations

<p>Are you curious about how the international system really works? Would you like to know more about some of the world’s major regional organisations, but sometimes feel overwhelmed by all of the

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Are you curious about how the international system really works? Would you like to know more about some of the world’s major regional organisations, but sometimes feel overwhelmed by all of the acronyms? Then this introductory survey might be just the course for you! Over three weeks, we will focus on Russia, the world’s largest country, and examine how Russia participates in a number of major regional organisations that represent Russia’s west (Europe), north (Arctic; Baltic); south (Black Sea; Caspian Sea); east (Eurasia) and Far East (Asia-Pacific). No previous study of international relations is necessary to benefit from this course.


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COURSE OUTLINE

  • Week 1 – Russia’s West, North and South
    • Introduction: Russia’s participation in land-based and sea-based regional organisations
    • OSCE – Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (57 members)
    • CE – Council of Europe (47 members)
    • MONEYVAL – Anti-Money Laundering Measures / Combating Financing of Terrorism (34 members)
    • AC – Arctic Council (8 members)
    • CBSS – Council of the Baltic Sea States (11 members)
    • BSEC – Black Sea Economic Cooperation (12 members)
    • CS – Caspian Summit (5 members).
  • Week 2 – Russia’s East – Eurasia
    • CIS – Commonwealth of Independent States (9 members)
    • CSTO – Common Security Treaty Organisation (6 members)
    • EAEU – Eurasian Economic Union (5 members)
    • CICA – Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (26 members)
    • EAG – Eurasian Group (9 members)
    • SCO – Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (8 members)
  • Week 3 – Russia’s Far East – Asia-Pacific
    • APEC – Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (20 members)
    • ASEAN – Association of South East Asian Nations (10 members)
    • ASEAN Plus Three (13 members)
    • ASEAN East Asia Summit (18 members)
    • ASEAN Regional Forum (25 members)
  • Summary of Russia’s participation in regional organisations


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

  1. Understand the extent of Russia’s participation in the international system.
  2. Appreciate the significance of the major regional organisations to which Russia belongs.
  3. Comprehend the opportunities and challenges faced by these major regional organisations.