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International Trends journal


          Forum's publications series since 2002 has featured:

  • "International Trends" journal

  • Occasional Paper Series - "Essays on Current Politics"

    Evgeniy Primakov, Marc Khrustalev. Methodology of Situation Analyses. Issue 1-2006, 28 pp.

    Igor Zevelev, Mikhail Troitskiy. Power and Influence in U.S.-Russian Relations. A Semiotic Analysis. Issue 2-2006, 72 pp.

  • The two final volumes of Systemic History of International Relations. 1918-2003 (the first two volumes were published in 2000-2001).

    Volume I - full Russian text
    Volume 2 - full Russian text
    Volume 3 - full Russian text

           It is a comprehensive four-volume study of the evolution of international community since World War I to the present. Volumes are edited by Alexei Bogaturov. Volumes I and III analyze events and trends that occurred in international relations over the last 85 years, while Volumes II and IV provide selected historic documents aiming to enrich the historical analysis.
           Systemic History is a pioneering attempt to provide Russian readers with a thick description of the manifold relationships among nations, regional subsystems and issues that shaped the world politics in the 20th century.
           The book is accepted as a student text-book in major Russian university centers of Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Nizhni Novgorod, Tomsk, Novosibirsk, Voronezh, Vladivostok, Barnaul, Irkutsk, Ivanovo, Kursk, Kemerovo, Tver, Volgograd, Krasnodar, Kaliningrad, Ufa, Kazan, Yaroslavl. It is also used in the National University of Kazakhstan (Astana) and Belarus National University (Minsk).

  • , . . (Moscow: AEFIR, 2005. 328 p.) - Russian translation of: Fiona Hill, Clifford Gaddy, The Siberian Curse. How the Communist Planners Left Russia Out in the Cold, (Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2003)

           full Russian text

            This pioneering work by two prominent American students of Russia was originally published in English by Brookings Institution Press in Washington, DC in 2003. The Forum undertook a translation of the study into Russian and published it in Moscow in early 2007. The book examines how the distribution of Russia's productive forces across its territory has affected the country's 20th-century economic development. The authors employ original methodology allowing to quantify the impact of cold winter temperatures on labor force and industrial equipment. They conclude that the current density of industrial enterprises and concentration of permanent residents in the Russian Siberia require massive yet hidden subsidies that have become a significant and largely redundant burden of the Russian budget.
  • Alexei Bogaturov, Nikolai Kosolapov, and Marc Khrustalev, Essays on the Theory and Political Analysis of International Relations, (Moscow: AEFIR, 382 p.)

           Three prominent Russian analysts provide a valuable guide to the current theoretical debates and research methodology in the field of international relations. The book traces the evolution of various IR theoretical concepts over the decade following the collapse of bi-polarity. Authors highlight the impact the Western scholarship produced on Russian academia, but at the same time seek to convey the essence of internal Russian debates on such issues as democratic transitions and foreign policy or the contending visions of Russias relations with the Euro-Atlantic community.
  • Tatiana A. Shakleina, Russia and the United States in the New World Order. Debates in Russian and American Political and Academic Communities, (Moscow: Institute for the U.S. and Canadian Studies, 2002. 445 pp.)

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           This book by the prominent Russian student of US foreign relations Tatiana Shakleina analyzes in retrospect the Russian and American post-bipolar views on international politics and Russian-American relations. The brilliant summary of the most influential ideas and concepts provided by Professor Shakleina spares analysts of US-Russian relations the need to review tremendous amounts of relevant publications in both English and Russian.
           The book was widely praised by both Russian and American academics and is extensively used in the teaching of Russian Foreign Policy and US-Russian Relations at many universities in Russia and the neighboring states.
  • Mikhail Troitski, The Transatlantic Union 1991-2004. Transformation of the U.S.European Partnership in the Post-Bipolar World, (Moscow: Institute for the U.S. and Canadian Studies, AEFIR, 2004. 252 p.)

           full Russian text

           The book discusses the adaptation of the U.S.-European alliance to the post-bipolar international realities.
           Over the last fifteen years, the unity between the two sides of the Atlantic has faced a triple challenge of the diminishing common threat, the emergence of the European Union as a major international power center and the growing inclination towards unilateralism on the part of U.S. administrations.
           In the 1990s, the United States took the leading role in reshaping the partnership between Washington and its NATO allies in Europe. The Clinton Administration responded with a programming policy towards the European allies in 1994-1999. Programming leadership implied promoting U.S.-European joint projects that were meant to consolidate the transatlantic unity and prevent American and European strategies from diverging. These projects included NATOs eastward enlargement, development of the concept of out-of-area operations by the Alliance and NATOs involvement in humanitarian missions in Europe and beyond.
           Cooperation between the United States and its European allies was boosted by the rise of terrorist threat after 9/11. Yet the unwillingness of the Bush Administration to prioritize transatlantic partnership over its immediate policy goals and the consequent rift over Iraq in 2002-2003 dealt a new blow to the U.S.-European partnership. In the wake of the 2003 military campaign in Iraq, the United States and Europe confront a common agenda of stabilizing the Middle East and Central Asia while continuing to expand the Euro-Atlantic community to the East and South-East of Europe.
  • Eduard Batalov, On the Philosophy of International Relations, (Moscow: AEFIR, 2005. 132 p.)

    The book outlines the scope for the philosophy of international relations as an emerging discipline focused on exploring the deep foundations of international affairs and studying international relations as a specific phenomenon. The author argues that the philosophy of international relations could with time become - along with philosophy of politics and philosophy of law - a full-fledged member of the "philosophical family" and an integral part of the scholarly field of international studies.

  • From the World Order of Empires to an Imperial World Order, edited by Fedor Voitolovsky, Pavel Gudev, Eduard Soloviev, (Moscow: AEFIR, 2005. 204 p.)

    The book analyses the evolution of world order patterns from the late 19th to the early 21st centuries. Special attention is given to the main functions of each of the three consecutive forms: world orders of empires, superpowers and an imperial world order. Authors have also sought to highlight the ideas underpinning each of the three world orders.

  • Marat Cheshkov, Global Studies as a Scholarly Discipline. Essays on the Theoretical and Terminological Foundations, (Moscow: AEFIR, 2005. 224 p.)

    The study by a prominent Russian methodologist of international relations identifies the scope of global studies as a discipline and outlines its evolution to date as a particular field of inquiry. Global studies revolve around the core notion of "globality" which embraces the trends of merging and separation as well as universalist and particularist tendencies in operation across the whole spectrum of social activity. The structure of the discipline includes a methodological "core" and a number of mid-range theoretical constructs. The author has sought to stimulate thinking about an optimal balance of world forces and a judocious stance Russia should assume in the era of "strong disequilibrium". The author argues that the Russian public conciousness needs to overcome the inclination towards a purely negative perception of globalization and its implications for Russia.

  • Stability and Conflict in Russia's Borderland. Ethno-Political Situation in the Caucasus and Siberia, edited by Victor Dyatlov and Sergey Riazantsev, (Moscow: AEFIR, 2005. 345 p.)

    The collective monograph appeared as a result of a Forum collaborative research project carried out by the Forum network participants from Central Russia, the Caucasus and Siberia. The book analyzes factors of inter-ethnic tensions and potential for cooperation among the various ethnic groups living in the border regions of the Caucasus and Siberia. The authors explore how the "ethnic factor" affects socio-economic development in the regions that have special geo-economic and strategic importance for Russia. The analysis is based upon extensive field research, the authors employ sound interpretation techniques.
  • Security and Trans-Border Cooperation in Russias New Borderlands, edited by Sergei Golunov and Leonid Vardomsky, (Moscow: AEFIR. 572 p.)

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           The collective monograph appeared as an outcome of a network research project led by the Forum. Fourteen contributors from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus analyzed the evolution of trans-border cooperation between Russia and her immediate neighbors since the emergence of fifteen newly independent states former Soviet republics. The analysis is based on sound methodology and supported by comprehensive field research undertaken in Russias new borderline areas on the Caucasus and in Western Siberia.
  • Yuri Galenovich, China and the 9/11 Tragedy of America, (Moscow: AEFIR. 170 p.)

           A leading Russian expert on China analyzed public and official responses in China to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The book reflects the debate between those in China sympathizing with the American nation in the aftermath of the attacks and those rejoicing in America having been punished for her imperial ambition. Professor Galenovich fully employed his vast knowledge of scarce information resources on Chinese politics. He used statistical tools of analysis and comments extensively on the quoted statements and positions of both Chinese public and officials.
  • Thinkers for Tomorrow. Select Innovative Curricula in International Relations and Security, edited by Mikhail Troitski, (Moscow: AEFIR, 270 p.)

           By publishing new original curricula developed and taught in Russia and Belarus, the Forum seeks to foster exchange on the substance and structure of international relations and area studies programs among Russias new IR schools and departments. This collection of curricula proved valuable to the Russian regional faculty as a guide to the most recent educational resources on international relations and security.

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