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International Relations Studies and Education

A Comparative Analysis of Russian, Swiss, and Canadian Approaches


Project leads: Thomas Biersteker, Marina Lebedeva

Associated Researcher: Félix Grenier

Partners: Moscow State Institute of International Relations

Timeline: 2016 – 2018 (Ongoing)


2 Day Workshop: International Relations Studies and Education

International Relations Studies and Education


Although many factors influence contemporary international relations, there are good reasons to assume that international relations pedagogy plays an important role in shaping different worldviews and foundational orientations. The purpose of this project is to explore this question with an examination of the international relations education curricula in three countries: Russia, Canada and neutral Switzerland, which recently played an instrumental role in mediating the conflict between Russia and the West over Ukraine while it chaired the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in 2014. We hypothesise that the ideas acquired by Russian, Canadian and Swiss foreign policy practitioners during their education trajectory exert important influence on their understandings of appropriate governance, security and economic policies in these regions; ultimately these ideas shape how international and foreign policies are conducted in, between, and beyond these countries.

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