Kings College London
University of Manchester
There is a continuing and growing interest in the former Soviet space in both the area of security studies and foreign policy/international relations. While many issues are examined and written about from an 'out of area' perspective (e.g. energy; terrorism; regional security relations), there is a need to focus on cross-linkages between regional and global issues (e.g. Central Asia-Afghanistan-the 'West'; Russia-Ukraine-NATO/EU) in order to bring together disparate expertise in one forum. Valuable expertise on the subject-area can sometimes be lost to area studies, but we believe this energy should be harnessed to broader disciplinary areas of security studies and foreign policy analysis/international politics. BISA represents an opportunity to gain a higher profile for the study of the former Soviet Union (not just Russia) and to position this in the context of the broader field.
The aim is to bring together academics, but also practitioners to examine both theoretical and empirical issues relating to post-Soviet foreign and security policies broadly defined, although the focus would be mainly on contemporary developments. We envisage holding workshops a few times a year and hope to involve practitioners as well as academics.
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