Following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact towards the end of the 20th century, international observers were surprised by how peaceful this process was. Now, more than 2 decades later, this initial positivity seems somewhat misplaced. A number of wars have been fought within the post-Soviet space and radical movements have risen to power in countries across the region. What’s more Russia has reawaken as an assertive regional power and is once again causing concern for the international community – indeed a second Cold War could be brewing.
Eastern European politics are back on the 21st century news agenda, and back in the minds of policymakers and businesspeople the world over. Knowledge of the dynamics and processes behind Eastern European politics is crucial not just to an understanding of the region, but also to making accurate predictions on where things go from here.
Recognizing the importance of learning about these systems, the ‘Politics’ module of the East European Studies (EES) blended learning master program at the Center for Global Politics will begin next month. This module aims to teach the main features and legacies of Soviet-type systems and different methods of regime change. As well it analyses the political regimes currently existing in Eastern Europe, and the impact of globalization and other international factors on the region.
The module itself will be taught by Prof. Dr. Irina Busygina, the head of the Center for Regional Political Studies at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). ‘Politics’ for Eastern European Studies will begin on the 25th of July this year.