Russia’s activities on the international stage are a key interest for the programme. Research focuses on Russia’s interests and involvement in its immediate neighbourhood and the Middle East, its relations with the US, EU and China as well as its foreign policy toolkit.

Key areas include:

  • Russia’s means of influence (over neighbours) and engagement (with the West and with international organizations).
  • The institutions and processes of foreign policy making in Russia.
  • Russia’s relationship with the global economy.
  • The relationship between domestic and foreign policy, with particular emphasis on geo-economics (the use of economic resources for political gain).