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BOOK PROPOSAL. Korea-Russian Relations in the Changing World: Trends, Challenges, and Ways Forward

 Korea-Russian relations can be most effective when they are grounded on the complementarity of interests, which in turn requires a mutual understanding of domestic normative and institutional conditions in both countries. Russian various initiatives with South Korea, ranging from the promotion of investment in the Russian Far East and LNG exports to collaborative education programs and cultural exchanges, can be effective and efficient only if they are designed and implemented in light of South Korea’s domestic conditions, including social norms, governmental structures, and policy agenda. Similarly, South Korea’s success in nurturing productive relationships with Russia will require an appreciation of Russian domestic settings. Contributions to this section examine existing and emerging areas of cooperation between South Korea and Russia, identifying key priorities, challenges, and opportunities.

Domestic development agenda and Korea-Russian bilateral relations

The interplay of competition and cooperation: Korea’s and Russia’s responses to the changing regional and international order

Soft power, identity, and public diplomacy: Lessons from Korea and Russia

Korea and Russia amid the COVID-19 pandemic: New challenges and opportunities


September 15, 2021

October 2, 2021

January 15, 2022

January 15, 2022 – March 15, 2022

March 15, 2022

May 15, 2022

May 15, 2022 – July 15, 2022

July 15, 2022

September 15, 2022


We plan to put together a book that will be of interest for a large audience, including a vibrant international community of scholars interested in Korean and Russian politics, as well as East Asian politics more broadly. 

  • Firstly, we want to emphasize the diversity and complexity of Korea-Russia interactions and contribute to a more nuanced understanding of these interactions in regional and global contexts. 

  • Secondly, we want to summarize diverse interdisciplinary contributions about the dynamic development of Korea-Russia interactions, encouraging wide-ranging discussions of external and internal factors in Korea’s and Russia’s foreign policy and their responses to regional and global economic challenges and opportunities of the 2020s. 

By exploring Korean and Russian perspectives on international politics and economics, this book will provide new theoretical and practical insights into foreign policymaking, global cooperation, and intercultural dialogue.


Please keep in mind that academic rigor is mandatory to have the book accepted by a major publishing house such as Routledge, Palgrave, or Springer. All contributions to the project need to meet the following criteria:


The editors will  submit this book project for the publication grant of the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS). If the grant application is successful chapter authors will receive a honorarium.


Please submit your chapter proposals and short bios (200-300 words) to the project’s editors Anna Kuteleva (akuteleva@hse.ru) and Eriks Varpahovskis (evarpahovskis@hse.ru) in a single MS Word files. 

Please put “Korea-Russia book project + your surname” in the subject line of your email (e.g., Korea-Russia book project Smith).


Anna Kuteleva
Research Fellow, akuteleva@hse.ru

Eriks Varpahovskis
Research Fellow, evarpahovskis@hse.ru

ANNA KUTELEVA is a postdoctoral research fellow at the School of International Regional Studies at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (Russia). Anna holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Alberta (Canada) and an MA in World Politics from Shandong University (China). Over the last ten years, she has worked extensively in the realm of political science and Chinese studies. Her research is located in a broad constructivist tradition of IR and focuses on the nexus between politics and sociocultural contexts in international relations, with particular interests in energy politics, critical security and development studies, Russia, and China. Anna recently finished her first book that examines the development of bilateral energy relations between China and two oil-rich countries, Kazakhstan and Russia (Routledge, 2021).

ERIKS VARPAHOVSKIS is a postdoctoral fellow at the School of International Regional Studies at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (Russia). Also, Eriks serves as a collaborative research and publication officer at Duy Tan University (Vietnam). Eriks received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (South Korea). He holds Master’s degrees in Sociology of Law from Lund University and in International Migration and Ethnic Relations from Malmö University (both Sweden). Previously, Eriks held various management positions at the European Youth Parliament – Russia. Among his research interests are mechanisms of public diplomacy, cultural diplomacy, education diplomacy, migration, sociology of law, and others. Currently, Eriks is working on several research papers that cover the implementation of South Korean middle power diplomacy in the Central Asian region, and the impact of South Korean country image on international students' behavior.