Foreign and Security Policy of the Post-Soviet States

General Information
dr Marcin Koczan
Number of Hours: 
Tuesday 17:30 - 19:00
Preliminary requirements: 

Basic knowledge of the modern history, political geography and international political relations

Course Description: 
  1. Introduction
  2. Foreign Policy of the CIS states
  3. Security Policy of the CIS states
  4. Relations CIS states with main players in the region    
Aims of the course: 

W1. Student knows main issue of  post-soviet states history after Soviet Union collapse.

W2. Student knows current political and economic situation of the CIS states.

W3. Student is very knowledgeable about post-soviet states in international relations.

W4. Student can recognizes contemporary challenges of foreign and security policy of post-soviets states.


U1. Student is able to plan various scenario of political, social and economy changes in post-soviet space.

U2. Student present factors which influence for securitization and desecuritization in the region.

U3. Student is able to describe foreign policy of CIS states  in the context of  main players’ aims (e.g. USA, EU, China) towards the region.  


K1. Student can interpret current political and economic situation in CIS states using knowledge acquired on course.  

K2. Student identifies the correlation between economic, social and political aspects influencing on foreign and security policy of CIS states


Teaching methods: 

multimedia presentations, text analysis, discussion, case studies, work in groups, presentation.

Evaluation & Completion: 

Active participation in the discussion, semester test, presentation.

Basic Literature: 
  1. Bartuzi W., Pełczyńska-Nałęcz K., Strachota K., Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Nagorno-Karabakh: unfrozen conflicts between Russia and the West, OSW, Warsaw 2008.
  2. Konończuk W., The failure of integration. The CIS and other international organizations in the post-Soviet area, 1991-2006, OSW, Warsaw 2007.
  3. Pełczyńska-Nałęcz K., Integration or imitation? EU policy towards its Eastern Neighbours, OSW, Warsaw 2011.
  4. Wiśniewska I., Eurasian integration. Russia's attempt at the economic unification of the Post-Soviet area, OSW, Warsaw 2013.
  5. Rumer E., Trenin D., Zhao H., Central Asia: views from Washington, Moscow and Beijing, London 2007
Additional Literature: 
  1. Kuchins A., Nikonov V., Trenin D., US – Russian Relations: The Case for an Upgrade, Moscow 2005.
  2. Tarkhan-Mouravi G., August 2008 Events in Georgia and the New Realities of the Caucasian Security, “Polityka bezpieczeństwa narodowego państw obszaru WNP”, W. Baluk (red.), Toruń 2009.
  3. Makarychev A., Neighbourhood and Soft Power on Europe’s Doorstep: Russia, Ukraine, Moldova,  “The European Union’s Neighbourhood Challenge. Transborder Cooperation, Migration and Europeanization, Bachman K., Stadtmuller E. (ed), Wrocław 2011.
  4. Tsygankov A., Russia’s foreign policy: change and continuity in national identity, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Lanham 2006