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KINT 4990 - New Combination of Hard and Soft Power: Case study of Contemporary Russia

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

Russia's exercise of power in world politics is a major issue in the strategic debate. Policy-makers and practitioners from Europe and US measure the extent of the new challenges posed by Russia to international security. At a time when assessing Russia's assertiveness and aggression requires accurate criteria and should not be reduced to compare the current situation to a new "Cold War", this course offers the opportunity to share a comprehensive analysis of Russia's new combination of hard and soft power. The seminar pursue three main objectives: provide a better understanding of Russia's power resources through an in-depth analysis of new forms of hard power mostly in the military and security sector ; analyze mechanisms mobilized by the Kremlin for information warfare and influence strategy abroad ; assess Russia's strategy and its instrumental maneuver from the perspective of European strategic and security interests. The course covers both theoretical and practical approaches.


STACHETTI, Carina (Consultante)

Pedagogical format

The course is organized in a seminar format, with close student interaction in order to enhance participation and collaboration.

Course validation

Class participation: attendance, contribution to discussions, representing 10% of the final grade. Book review (around 1,500 words): 35% of the final grade; Paper assignment: (around 3,000 words, including references) offering the opportunity to explore a topic of interest to each student (individual or teamwork). This assignment represents 55% of the final grade.


Preparation time is around 3 hours per week.

Required reading

  • NYE, J. (2011) The Future of Power, New York: Public Affairs, 3-109
  • WESSLAU, F., WILSON, A. (2016) Russia 2030: A Story of Great-Power Dreams and Small Victorious Wars. Policy Brief. European Council on Foreign Relations.