Does Europe get Russia right? Does Russia get the world right? In the two decades following the end of the Cold War, intellectual interaction between Russia and Europe intensified considerably. More recently, however, there has been a constant failure to engage in a common conversation. Europe’s debate on Russia focuses solely on what Russia lacks–democracy, the rule of law, modernization processes–and tends to view the Putin regime as a “paperback edition” of the Soviet Union. At the same time, the Russian public debate is far from immune to conspiracy theories when trying to explain the changes in the modern world.
There is an urgent need for re-engagement between the Russian debate on the global future and European debate on the choices that Russia faces. With Russia’s recent return to power politics and the fears of a new Cold War this has awakened in the West, this need is even more acute. The project “Russia in Global Dialogue” is a response to this. It is part of the Research Focus Democracy in Question, headed by Ivan Krastev.
In 2016, the project’s scope was expanded to include Turkey. Under the title Turkey and Russia in the New Global Order: Domestic Determinants of Hegemonic Aspirations, a new comparative sub-project brings together Russian and Turkish experts in order to explore domestic political developments in Russia and Turkey, as well as relations between these two countries, which increasingly shape the Eurasian region. The project focuses on the dynamics between domestic politics and foreign policy in two different, yet exemplary types of illiberal regimes and the impact of their policies on the EU. It is led by Soli Özel (Istanbul) and Fyodor Lukyanov (Moscow).
Fellowships & Events
The project includes:
- a special fellowship program for Russian and Turkish scholars and intellectuals
- a series of lectures and seminars at the IWM
- a publication series on Eurozine (European network of cultural journals)
Former Related Sub-Project:
The Perils of Moralism: Russian Orthodoxy and Russian Politics
Further project directed by Tatiana Zhurzhenko:
Ukraine in European Dialogue