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The World Economy and International Affairs faculty is a research and education centre focusing on the global economy, international relations, and oriental studies. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to the subjects allows the Faculty to reflect their real-life interdependence. Economists receive basic understanding of international relations, culture, and people's value systems. International Relations specialists benefit from an introduction to economics and applied mathematics. Both groups graduate from the BA course with a good grasp of two foreign languages. Asian Studies students not only study the languages and cultures of Asia, but also the economics, politics and entrepreneurial culture of the region.
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Although a general task of social science is to measure and predict change, International Relations (IR) paradigms and theories have been unable to keep up with the rapid pace and destabilizing effect of change in international politics. When addressing Russia, IR’s “change problem” becomes clearer: the world’s largest country is treated as an object struggling to adjust to changes rather than a protagonist introducing them into the system. Yet, twice within the last quarter century, Russia has acted as a catalyst for changes in international politics that few saw coming. The Soviet leadership’s decision to withdraw from the Cold War standoff and dismantle its empire in Eastern Europe was one of the most surprising events of the twentieth century. IR theories have struggled to account for these actions and failed to integrate Soviet/Russian behavior into their larger understanding of change. Most theories that deal with transformational change focus on the effects of larger social and economic forces. However, change is seldom a smooth, linear process. Individual agents catalyze changes produced by deeper historical forces. What is needed to understand Russian foreign policy decision making is an evolutionary theory of change that is able to integrate historical (root) causes of change with proximate and contingent ones. The paper treats Russia (in both its Soviet and present-day incarnations) seriously as an agent of transformational change. In both cases examined in this paper, larger historical root causes push the international system towards change, but Russia’s status aspirations and status dissatisfaction have been the proximate causes catalyzing change.