Module Identifier IP31820  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr Jennifer Mathers  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Course delivery Lecture   14 Hours 14 x 1 hour of Lectures  
  Seminar   8 Hours 8 x 1 hours of Seminars  
Assessment Essay   1 x 2,500 word essay   40%  
  Exam   2 Hours   60%  


On completion of this module students should be able to:

10 ECTS Credits


The aim of this module is to examine a range of contemporary security concepts and issues from a Russian perspective.

Brief description

This module will examine Russia's search for security in the post-Soviet period. It will begin by considering the legacy of the Gorbachev leadership, both in terms of the security concepts of New Political Thinking and the impact of the collapse of Communist rule and the breakup of the USSR on the security of the Russian Federation.

Students will discuss the debates within Russian policymaking and academic circles about the meaning of security in the post-Cold War world. Attention will be devoted to possible threats to Russian security from within (for example, challenges to Russia's territorial integrity such as that posed by Chechnya as well as those which arise from outside the country's borders. Students will consider the nature and extent of Russian involvement in peacekeeping within the Commonwealth of Independent States and further afield. The issue of NATO enlargement and the future of arms control will be examined from the Russian perspective, and students will discuss the future of Russia's armed forces and its defence industry.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Pavel Baev. The russian Army in a Time of Troubles.
Vladimir Baranovsky. Russia and Europe: The Emerging Security Agenda.