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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as of 24 February 2022 and the full-fledged war that followed changed the way we look at the end of the Cold War. The disintegration of the former Soviet Union is still ongoing, as the Russian Federation - the principal successor state of the Soviet Union - challenges the borders of several of its neighbouring states, such as Georgia and Ukraine. 

In this course, we will focus on the war in Ukraine and its consequences. In addition, we will deal with the current sparring of Russia with Western Europe and the United States by observing Russia’s geopolitical performance in all its complexity. 

On the world stage, we see Russia turning to its old allies and major players, testing the contours of a new strategic and mutually beneficial geopolitical order outside the conceptual “West”. These evolving ties include road and rail works, oil pipelines, technology transfers, business investments, trade, strategic alliances, maritime accords, educational initiatives, and other ways of cementing loyalties. This elective brings together expert perspectives on how Russia is testing geopolitical waters and is exploring new contours of cooperation and influence around the world.


Dr N. Tromp.


You can find the timetable on Datanose.

Entry requirements

This course is open to second-year and third-year Bachelor's students and Master's students, as well as 'bijvak' students from other Dutch higher education institutions and contract students.


Registration is open from 13 June 2022 until one week prior to the start of the course. UvA Bachelor's students can register in SIS (look for code: 5512RUGE6Y). Master’s students can send a short motivation to Other interested parties, such as contract students and bijvak students, can register by completing the online registration form.

If you have any trouble while registering, please contact us at


Prices can be found on the IIS website.

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SDGs in education

The IIS strives to reflect current societal issues and challenges in our elective courses, honours modules and degree programmes, and attempts to integrate the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in this course. For more information about these goals, please visit the SDGs website

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