I’ll be talking about Russia and the question mark at “the end of liberal order?” next week as part of the PRIMO annual conference at Autoworld Brussels. More info on the annual conference and the outreach event here and here.
A visit to Atlanta this week to speak at Georgia Tech / KSU’s International Symposium on US-Russian Relations in Global Context. I spoke on my work developing a critical geopolitical reading of aid, applied to Russia’s foreign policy in the “middle abroad.”
A short overview of the roundtable at St Petersburg State University, which I helped organise and presented at in December, is available in English and Russian via the PRIMO blog.
During my secondment at St Petersburg State University, I’ve developed my work in the direction of (the limits of) multipolarity in Russian-Latin American relations. Below: the abstract of my paper presented at the World Economy Department’s annual conference, using Russian interactions with Latin American trading blocs as a test case. I developed the same notion, exploring the case of current Brazilian (geo)political issues as a challenge to the strength of multipolarity as an aspect of Russian foreign policy at the PRIMO Roundtable, held at the university.
Multipolarity Narratives in Practice? Russian Trade with Latin America
This paper takes a Hobbesian notion of identity and multipolarity narratives as theoretical starting points in a discussion of the Russian government’s cooperation attempts with Latin American trading blocs. Using reporting from the media and the Russian Foreign Ministry, the paper summaries efforts to engage in this area, arguing that limited progress has been made to build connections with these trading blocs despite rhetorical and discursive emphasis, and that bilateral relations remain of prime importance in Moscow’s policy on the region. Nevertheless, multipolarity narratives have a mobilising power at a time of shifts in the international, but the interpretation of discourse into practice will require strong political will as BRICS economies and (sub)regional blocs struggle with economic and political stresses.