CANCELLED! Defending a supra-national state? The Russian foreign policy of ‘state civilization’

  • Date: –17:00
  • Location: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES) Gamla torget 3, 3rd floor, IRES Library
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  • Organiser: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES)
  • Contact person: Jevgenija Gehsbarga
  • Phone: 018 471 1630
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The seminar is cancelled due a COVID-19 outbreak.

The seminar is cancelled due a COVID-19 outbreak.

This seminar examines the doctrine of ‘state civilization’, and how this has been shaped by representatives of Russian society – intellectuals, policymakers and religious elites – since the mid 2000s.

The paper written for this seminar identifies the foundations of this doctrine in a myth about the Russian state. And it connects the evolution of this doctrine to a narrative about Russia’s necessary defence of self-determination in Crimea. 

The central argument is the justification for this foreign policy is a supra-national and anti-progressive ideology, which expresses an absolute faith in the ability of the Russian state to manage conflicts of national self-determination. The trouble with this faith is that it is based on nothing more than a communitarian illusion. 

The seminar concludes with a discussion about the intersection of faith and political ideology.

Iain Ferguson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics and Governance at the National Research University – Higher School of Economics in Moscow.