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Class Schedule Listing - 2019 Fall (Nov 18, 2019)

 

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Eurasian Politics: The International Affairs of Russia, Central Asia, and the Caucasus - 40652 - POLS 4320 - 801
Topical Section Description: The Soviet Union may be long gone, but the countries that emerged from its collapse in 1991 remain highly significant in international affairs. This course traces the political and economic development of these independent states and highlights their continued difficulties in managing relations amongst themselves and with the world more generally. Inevitably, most attention in this regard goes to Russia. The largest country in the world, Russia dominates the Eurasian landmass and, via its veto in the UN Security Council and enormous nuclear arsenal, it retains a leading role in international politics. In discussing its global standing, this course places particular emphasis on Russia's status as an "energy superpower", its perception in the West as an unscrupulous spoiler, and its recent decision to reorient the country towards the Asia-Pacific. A further key topic is Russia's plan to create a Eurasian Union, a project condemned by the US as "a move to re-Sovietise the region". Away from Russia, this course has three further areas of focus. The first is Central Asia, where vast natural resources have encouraged the West and China to challenge Russia's hegemony. The second is the Caucasus where the 2008 Georgia-Russian war and the frozen conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan have left an explosive legacy. Lastly, there is Eurasia's western fringe where the people of dictatorial Belarus and politically unstable Ukraine struggle to determine whether their future lies with Europe or Russia.

Associated Term: 2019 Fall
Registration Dates: Apr 03, 2019 to Sep 06, 2019
Registration Levels: Graduate, NonDegree Continuing Undergrad, Undergraduate

Japan Campus
Base Lecture Schedule Type
Classroom Instructional Method
Credit Hours: 3.000

Seats Available: 35


Scheduled Meeting Times
Type Time Days Where Date Range Schedule Type Instructors
Class 1:40 pm - 3:10 pm TR Temple Japan Main Building 00403 Sep 02, 2019 - Dec 11, 2019 Base Lecture James D Brown (P)E-mail



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