Russian Politics and Foreign Policy

IWP 603
Four credits

Subjects of inquiry include: the changing political system; the problems of implementing economic reform; the rise of the national and democratic movements; the status of the armed forces, security and intelligence agencies; continuities and changes in the political culture, institutions and habits of mind; and changes in foreign policy, including relations with the newly independent post-Soviet states.

The essential focus of this course is to fathom the causes and consequences of the disintegration of the communist system, and to examine the political, ideological, and economic changes in post-Soviet Russia. Subjects of inquiry include: the changing political system; the problems of implementing economic reform; the rise of the national and democratic movements; the status of the armed forces, security, and intelligence agencies; continuities and changes in the political culture, institutions, and habits of mind; and changes in foreign policy, especially towards the United States.

Semester Available


Spring Semester

Principal Professor


   Marek Jan Chodakiewicz
Professor of History, The Kościuszko Chair in Polish Studies {read more}
   John Lenczowski
Founder and President, The Institute of World Politics {read more}