POL 340 Russia and the Near Abroad, 3 credits

This course offers a comparative analysis of the politics of the countries of the former Soviet Union. A number of important themes will be explored using the Russian Federation and several of the countries that were formerly part of the Soviet Union. First, the course briefly examines the history of the Tsarist and Soviet periods to determine to what extent, if any, these legacies have impacted political and economic development of each country. Finally, the course analyzes important issues in the foreign relations of each country, including the effects of lost superpower status, the nationalities question, and relations with the West.

Prerequisite: POL 208