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Russia’s (Non-)Policy of Neighborhood: Competing Approaches


Prof. Andrey Makarychev (Tartu) The lecture discusses the discrepancy between the concepts of a 'Russian world' and Eurasianism. They constitute a major controversy embedded in Russian integrationist policy towards its 'near abroad'. The distinction between the two concepts is substantial: the 'Russian world' is a biopolitical doctrine premised on protecting an imagined trans-territorial community of Russian speakers allegedly sharing a common macro-identity, while Eurasianism is a set of geopolitical ideas focused on governing territories rather than articulating identity discourses. Dr. Andrey Makarychev is Professor of International Relations in Linguistic University and Professor of Political Science in Public Service Academy (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia) and Visiting Professor at the Free University of Berlin. His research interests include Russian foreign policy analysis, international security and regionalism. He has worked for the Center for Security Studies & Conflict Research, ETH Zurich (2000-2001) and Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), Copenhagen (2003-2004). He was visiting fellow at Jagiellonian University, Cracow; Copenhagen Peace Research Institute; Baltic and East European Graduate School, Sodertorn Hogskola (Sweden); Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies (Washington, D.C.); Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities, Wassenaar (NIAS); George Mason University, Fairfax, VA; JFK Institute for North American Studies, Free University of Berlin, and other research institutions. His projects were supported a.o. by Central European University, Budapest; IREX; McArthur Foundation; OSI; NATO Democratic Institutions Fellowship Program.