Russia is the European Union’s biggest neighbour and, arguably, its most challenging partner. Complex inter-linkages and interdependences – in trade, energy, security, and politics – have developed in the relations between these two international actors over the last quarter of the century. Russia’s policies in Ukraine have seriously altered these relations as Europe responded with sanctions against the Russian economy and Russia adopted its countersanctions. This module aims to provide students with a detailed and extensive coverage of the major events, economic and political challenges which define the field of EU-Russia relations, including trade and cooperation, security and governance, defence and foreign policy and such key issues as the future of Ukraine and the cooperation potential in Syria. The module will also provide students with an overall sense of the vectors driving Russian foreign policy towards Europe, and the contents and priorities informing the EU’s economic and foreign policy outlook towards its most strategically important neighbour to the East.
*Please note module information is indicative and may change from year to year.
Dr Gulnaz Sharafutdinova
Two-hour lecture and seminar weekly over ten weeks (one term)
Module assessment - more information
800-word opinion piece (25%); 2,500-word essay (60%) and class participation (15%)