IRSS continues with Talk on RussiaÔÇÖs geopolitical spaces
The first International Relations Research Seminar Series (IRSS) talk in Spring 2015 was recently held at our Department. Guest speaker was a Visiting Fellow of our Department, David Savarin. David is a PhD candidate at KingÔÇÖs College London.
In his talk, entitled ÔÇťThe construction of ÔÇśgeopolitical spacesÔÇÖ in Russian foreign policy discourse before and after the Ukraine crisisÔÇŁ, David examined the geopolitical discourse of RussiaÔÇÖs ruling elite and the construction of the three ÔÇťgeopolitical spacesÔÇŁ of Eurasia, Euro-Atlantic and Asia-Pacific in Russian foreign policy. His main argument was that the geopolitical spaces of Eurasia, the Euro-Atlantic and the Asia-Pacific are core elements of RussiaÔÇÖs geopolitical imagination and that RussiaÔÇÖs ÔÇťmembershipÔÇŁ in these geopolitical spaces is considered to be a crucial element in Russian foreign policy. This was particularly true until the Ukraine crisis. Thereafter, RussiaÔÇÖs emphasis shifted to an increasingly strong emphasis on Eurasia and the newly-established Eurasian Economic Union and with it the intention to form a new common and integrated space from Lisbon to Vladivostok. David concluded that RussiaÔÇÖs place in the international order changed in recent months and this is due not only to its actions in Ukraine, but also to the Russian leadersÔÇÖ discursive practices of carving out a new place for their country. Asst. Prof. Onur ─░s├ži was DavidÔÇÖs discussant and added to the debate through his expertise on the issue. In light of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, this event provided for an interesting and highly topical discussion for both IR faculty and graduate students.