The research conducted in the Laboratory is of great theoretical and practical value, since the phenomenon of new regionalism as the formation of newest regional integrated associations and institutional frameworks, as well as the tendency of international policy regionalization, are currently spreading on a global level, thus, having a direct impact on the today’s world order.
The main attention is paid to the rise of China and the Sino-Russian rapprochement on the development of regional initiatives in Big Eurasia and the Asia-Pacific Region, as well as to the regional approaches of the BRICS countries. The obtained data allow us have a deeper understanding of the ongoing processes and their accordance with currently existing scientific concepts; moreover, the results of the studies may be applied in order to boost the effectiveness of Russian international policy with consideration to the changes in the international order.
Currently, several areas of research have been formed in the Laboratory:
- The impact of China’s strengthening on the transformation of global and regional international systems, as well as the development of Russia-China relations (the research is conducted supported with a grant from National Research University Higher School of Economics, World Economy and International Affairs Department);
- Domestic discussion on the desired model of global and regional order, the role and place of Russian initiatives in these discussions;
- New Eurasian regionalism, Russian and Chinese initiatives in Eurasia and their political and economic importance (the study is conducted on the basis of Russian Science Foundation’s grant № 17-18-01577 “Big Eurasia creation and developing strategy of bilateral strategic cooperation between Russia and regional states”);
- Evolution of BRICS Approaches to Global Governance Reform;
- The changing role of institutions in the regional security systems, the formation of Eurasian security system (the study is conducted with the support of Russian Foundation for Basic Research grant 19-014-00038 “Security architecture in «Big Eurasia»: current status, perspectives and possibilities for Russia”)
Research conducted within the framework of the Laboratory is published in Russian and foreign scientific journals. In 2018, a number of special issues were made by scientific journals, including “Asian Politics and Policy”, “Indian Quaterly”, “Outlines of Global Transformations: Politics, Economics, Law”, etc. In 2019, special issues of such magazines as “Strategic Analysis” and “Contemporary security studies” are being prepared.
The Laboratory also launched the research seminars that take place every three weeks. In the framework of the seminars, both staff members of the invited researchers of the Laboratory, as well as other faculty members, and scientific staff of external organizations take part.
In 2019 a methodological seminar “Foreign Policy Analysis” for students interested in future research was also organized. Currently, students participate in the laboratory as interns and trainees, as well as on the basis of student projects.
1. Thematic line: the changing role of institutions in regional security systems, the formation of the Eurasian security system
The study is conducted with the support of Russian Foundation for Basic Research grant 19-014-00038 “Security architecture in «Big Eurasia»: current status, prospects and possibilities for Russia”
Authors and executors of the project: M.V. Bratersky (team leader), A.V. Lukin, D.P. Novikov, G.I. Kutyrev.
The study is aimed at the analysis of potential and prospects of major current and future institutions and security forums within the context of Russian initiative to form “Greater Eurasian partnership”. This analysis is carried out both from the point of view of their study as elements of this initiative - institutions to strengthen socio-political stability and reduce risks associated with internal and international conflicts in the mega-region of Greater Eurasia, and their assessment from the point of view of Russian national security.
The practical significance of solving this fundamental scientific problem lies in determining which security institutions and formats existing in the Greater Eurasia space can be part of this initiative, as well as determining their potential and role in it. At the same time, the main focus of the study is on “non-American” and “ non-Euro-Atlantic ” institutions, the potential and capabilities of which, in the opinion of the authors, can increase taking into account the foreign policy pursued by the Trump administration regarding traditional American unions and alliances. The authors analyze such formats as the SCO, CSTO, EAC, as well as the prospects for an autonomous European security initiative with the EU as its core, as potential elements of the security space of the Greater Eurasian Partnership.
2. Thematic line: evolution of the BRICS countries' approaches to global governance reform
The changing role of institutions in regional security systems, the formation of a Eurasian security system (the topic is studied on the basis of a grant from the Russian Foundation for Basic Research: project 19-014-00038 “Security architecture in Greater Eurasia: state, prospects and opportunities for Russia”, 2020-2022
Authors and executors of the project: M.V. Bratersky, A.V. Lukin, D.P. Novikov, G.I. Kutyrev, E.Yu. Kosevich.
The aim of the study is to conduct a research and analyze the prospects for the development of the BRICS format, taking into account the changing international situation. The results of the study will be presented in the form of scientific articles, which will reflect the main conclusions from the processes and relationships described during the study. This study is dedicated to the relationship between two widely discussed topics in modern international relations: contemporary relations between the BRICS countries and the potential role of this format in the development of a global governance system, which is the collective regulation of global and transnational issues generated by globalization and not amenable to unilateral action by national states. At the moment, in domestic and foreign literature, these topics are most often presented as separate areas of research, while in modern conditions their relationship is becoming increasingly apparent. T he main factor determining the novelty of this study is the changing nature of relationship between the US as with the only superpower, creator and leader of the liberal international order, and the new power centers represented by the BRICS countries. This necessitates a review of the prevailing approach in Russian and foreign literature and a systematic analysis of the available data. Thus, the proposed study can create the prerequisites for the formation of a new scientific aspect on global governance issues, as well as form a methodology for studying global governance in a multipolar world order.
3. HSE Research Project “Collective Memory and Historical Politics in Modern Portugal” (October-December 2019)
Project Manager: G.I. Kutyrev.
The project considers the features of the politics of memory in modern Portugal. The project will examine political practices aimed at the construction and utilitarian use of historical memory and other forms of collective representations of the past and their reproduction in the country.
Research project page: https://pf.hse.ru/307171556.html
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