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As of 01.11.2022

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Name of the project: Transformation of the system of international relations in the context of shift of the technological setup
Goals and objectives
Research directions: Meta-trends, international relations, evolution of the international system, the world order, new challenges and threats, scenario analysis and forecasting, big data analysis, shift of the technological setup

Project objective: Analysis and forecasting of threats to national security of Russia in the context of increase of conflict formation potential in international relations, conditions of regional instability in the presence of a shift in technological setup

The practical value of the study
Scientific results:

  1. A typology has been developed for forecasting research in the field of international relations: we have introduced a distinction between «weak forecasts» (probabilistic predictions that arise as extrapolations based on of deductive nomothetic theories) and «strong forecasts» («ideographic» forecasts that imply the creation of scenarios of the possible development of events in particular situations with a specific set of participants);
  2. Modern tendencies of the development of propensity towards inter-state military conflicts have been analysed. As a result of the analysis, we have compiled a complex overview of the Russian vision of the future of war and military conflicts;
  3. We have operationalised the specifics of the impact of the anarchic structure of international relations on the logic of their historical development;
  4. We have prepared a basis for the creation of a software service to detect markers in the analysis of the foreign policy of a state using automated tools ensuring the collection, storage, primary processing, and split-level analysis of data;
  5. Our researchers have assessed the efficiency of the economic toolkit in the implementation of the policy of Russia in relation to Eastern European countries oriented towards integration with the European Union;
  6. Our researchers have determined the causes of the crisis of the modern western-central agenda of international development as well as the features of its perception in developing states (by the example of the BRICS group);
  7. The Laboratory has analysed the explanatory potential of the concept of war as the key propelling force of state-building to characterise the processes of the emergence of the countries of the post-Soviet region;
  8. We have analysed the development of American military development policy with respect to the missile defence programme after the end of the Cold War;
  9. We have compiled and presented short-term forecasts of the development of the international situation for 2019 («International threats 2019»), 2020 («International threats 2020»), 2021 («International threats 2021»)  and 2022 («International threats 2022»).
  10. As part of collaboration with Institute of System Programming of the Russian Academy of Sciences, we have implemented a software service for determining markers for the analysis of external and internal policies of states using automated  means, ensuring data accumulation, its storage, primary processing and multi-level analysis;
  11. We have determined the efficiency of a forecasting  methodology against the background of general evolution of threats to the national security of Russia;
  12. Our researchers have provied an assessment of the effect of the increase of state investments in the development of human capital  on the processes of the radicalization of the society  and changes in the level of terrorist activity in Russia;
  13. We have determined and analyzed the historical paths of  the formation of the European identity in the countries of Southern Caucasus, as well as determined the main factors that provide shaping inputs in this process;
  14. The Laboratory has assessed the influence of strategical competition in the USA and Russia on their role in the international regulation of the regime of nuclear non-proliferation;
  15. We have conducted an analysis of the role of the post-Soviet states in the political process in Russia;
  16. Our researchers have analyzed the factors conditioning entry of states in union and made conclusions concerning the possibility of relying on alliances in the external policy of Russia;
  17. We have conducted a comparative analysis and typologization of new independent states in the Eurasian space to produce a unified empirical model of state viability in these countries. 

Implemented results of research:

As part of the Laboratory's work, we have staged periodic expert seminars on the key problems of international relations with the participation of members of the scientific community, the commercial sector, and the state authorities. The proceedings of the discussion found their reflection in the practical work of policy-forming and business communities of Russia, consistently receiving high appreciation from these parties.

Education and career development:

1 doctoral dissertation, 2 Candidate of Science dissertation and 4 master's degree theses have been defended.

Organizational and structural changes: 

In January 2021, the Laboratory was incorporated into the structure of the Institute of International Studies (IIS) of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. The IIS is the leading academic division of MGIMO that conducts fundamental research and implements applied expert evaluation and analytical projects in the field of international relations, provides expert assessment of internal affairs policy initiatives, and provides substantiation, publishes articles in highly-ranked Russian and foreign academic journals as well as publishes its own journals, shares expert evaluation reports on relevant international events with leading media, maintains the international discussion among experts and analysts. The institute works with major public governance bodies that form the foreign policy of Russia: the Executive Office of the President, the Security Council, Apparatus of the Government of Russia, the Federation Council, the State Duma, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defence and others as well as with international organisations - the Eurasian Economic Union, the Collective Security Treaty Organisation, and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.

The incorporation of the Laboratory into the IIS is aimed at ensuring an efficient combination of existing international affairs competences with forward-looking methodologies of political problem analysis developed by the Laboratory.


Over the course of the Laboratory's work, contacts have been established with leading foreign researchers of international affairs Martha Finnemore (professor at George Washington University), Deborah Larson (professor at the University of California, Los Angeles), and Peter Rutland (professor at Wesleyan University). The Laboratory's leading scientist professor William Wohlforth continues his collaboration with MGIMO within the implementation of research programmes of the university.

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.Академические практики прогнозирования в международных отношениях: методологические доминанты и нерешенные проблемы // Вестник МГИМО-Университета. 2018. № 6. С. 159–193
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Silaev N., Sushentsov A.
Strategic Security in Eurasia. Eurasia on the Edge: Managing Complexity / R. Sakwa, P. Dutkiewicz, F. Lukyanov (eds.). N.Y.: Lexington Books, 2018. Pp. 7–19.
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Russia and its Allies in Three Strategic Environments // Europe-Asia Studies. 2021. P. 1–22.
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International studies in an unpredictable world: still avoiding the difficult problems? // European Journal of International Relations. No. 27 (1). 2021. P. 3-28
Sushentsov, A.A., Wohlforth, W.C.
The tragedy of US–Russian relations: NATO centrality and the revisionists’ spiral // International Politics. No. 57. 2020. P. 427–450
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History of International Relations and Russian Foreign Policy in the 20th Century (in II Volumes) // Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2021.
Silaev N.Y.
А Test of Russian Geopolitics: Russia's Foreign Policy in the Perspective of Geopolitical Theories // Polis. Political Studies. 1(1). 2021. P. 125-141.
Bolgova I.V.
Playing Russia Wisely? The Institutional Leverage of Smaller States in the EAEU // Europe-Asia Studies. 73 (10). 2021. P. 1908-1936.
Istomin, I.A., Sushentsov A.A., Neklyudov N.N.
Conceptualizing the Crisis: The Debate between Rationalists and Skeptics // Russia in Global Affairs. 20 (4). 2022. https://doi.org/10.31278/1810-6374-2022-20-4-37-42.
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