IRSS continues with Talk on Russiaâs 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 Kingâs College London.
In his talk, entitled âThe construction of âgeopolitical spacesâ in Russian foreign policy discourse before and after the Ukraine crisisâ, David examined the geopolitical discourse of Russiaâs ruling elite and the construction of the three âgeopolitical spacesâ 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 Russiaâs geopolitical imagination and that Russiaâs âmembershipâ in these geopolitical spaces is considered to be a crucial element in Russian foreign policy. This was particularly true until the Ukraine crisis. Thereafter, Russiaâs 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 Russiaâs 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 leadersâ discursive practices of carving out a new place for their country. Asst. Prof. Onur Ä°sĂ§i was Davidâs 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.