Study title
Regionalization of Russian foreign and security policy: interaction of regional processes with central State concern
Ref study 6560
Study language English
Contributing institutions
  • Russian foreign and security policy
  • Regionalization
Geographical space
Russian Federation
The project " Regionalization of Russian Foreign and Security Policy: Interaction between Regional Processes and Central State Concerns" is submitted by Prof. Andreas Wenger and the Russian foreign and security policy research unit of the Center for Security Studies and Conflict Research (CSSCR) at the Center of International Studies. Since the project involves extended field research in Russia, it is proposed to complement the CSSCR research unit with a specialist on Russian regionalization. The objective of the project is to analyze regional dimensions of Russian foreign and security policy, a dimension in the relationship between the center and the regions that has not been subjected to any systematic research so far. The task of the project is to determine whether and how the central state understands the specific interests of Russian regions and to what extent regional processes have an impact on the formulation of Moscow's foreign and security policy. Whether Russia manages the shift of power from the center to the regions successfully will be of crucial importance to the inner stability of the Russian Federation. If it fails, Russia will remain an unpredictable and potentially dangerous player in the setting up of international cooperation and global stability. The project is divided into three main parts:
Part I focuses on various analytical approaches to the concept of regionalization and federalist concepts to meet the inner challenge of disintegration and decline. It addresses the question of greater regional, (ethnic) national, as well as local self-determination and autonomy as a way to both solving existing and preventing future conflicts.
Part II establishes interest-profiles of selected Russian regions and explores more deeply the interaction between the elite of selected regions and central state organs regarding matters of foreign and security policy.
Part III explores whether and how the center perceives various regional interests and implements them into its foreign and security policy. In addition, it asks how various "international" factors of regionalization (such as regional economic ties with foreign states, migration, ethnic conflicts etc.) affect the internal stability of the country and change the geopolitical landscape of Eurasia.
Methods (description)
The research will be conducted by the three members of the CSSCR research unit on Russian foreign and security policy. The project is divided into three parts with different members of the research unit in the lead. The project will last 30 months, including longer periods of field research in Russia. Andreas Wenger will lead the research of part I which will include a research visit of three months to Princeton in the middle of the project. Andrey Makarychev and Oleg Alexandrov, specialists on Russian regionalization will conduct extensive field research (up to twelve months) in selected regions of the Russian Federation. Jeronim Perovic will lead the research of part III which envisages field research mainly in Moscow. For all parts close contacts with several Russian institutions are envisaged.

Methods (instruments)
Replicated study No
  • Wenger, Andreas; Perovic, Jeronim. 1998. Russland zwischen Zerfall und Grossmachtanspruch: Herausforderung der Regionalsisierung. Zürcher Beiträge zur Sicherheitspolitik und Konfliktforschung, Heft Nr. 47. Zürich: Forschungsstelle für Sicherheitspolitik und Konfliktanalyse, 1998.
  • Perovic, Jeronim. 2000. Internationalization of Russian regions and the Consequences for Russian Foreign and Security Policy. Working Paper No. 1. Zurich: Center for Security Studies and Conflict Research, april 2000, 30 p. Online:
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Mandating institution(s)
  • ETH Zürich
Ethical approval No
Study type
Data availability
Source (Updates) Web
Date created 07.01.2000
Date modified 07.01.2000
Start - End date 01.10.1999 - 28.03.2002