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IPSA RC 41 First Conference on Geopolitics

2010 Moscow Conference on Geopolitics

29-31 October 2010

Connecting Geography to Politics: 21st Century Issues and Agendas

Sponsored by

The International Political Science Association Research Committee on Geopolitics (RC-41)


The Russian Political Science Association The International Republican Institute

Hosted by

The Moscow State Institute of International Relations


In addressing Geopolitics as a central field of scientific study and policy-oriented research, The 2010 Moscow Conference on Geopolitics is intended to promote three principal objectives:

3 To bring together leading scholars and promising young students of Geopolitics for an open and free exchange of views on the state of the art

4 To underscore the enduring relevance of spatial & physical geography in domestic as well as global affairs

5 To redefine a research agenda for the coming decade centering on a range of issues, challenges and approaches – a research agenda which will generate fresh insights from an international community of scholars united by a common sensitivity and respect for the continuing impact of variables of political geography on political behavior and decision-making



Friday 29 October

09:30 Registration, coffee

10:00 Opening Plenary Session


Professor Aharon Klieman, Chair, IPSA Research Committee on Geopolitics

Professor Olga Malinova, President, The Russian Political Science Association

Igor Okunev Moscow State Institute of International Relations and Head of the RC-41 Local Moscow Conference on Geopolitics Organizing Committee

Keynote Speaker:

Professor Irina Busygina, Director, Center for Regional Political Studies, Moscow State Institute of International Relations


PANEL Regional Rivalries & the Balance of Power

11:30 Section 1 Balance of Power Theory – Relevant, or Irrelevant?

Chair Sharyl Cross

George-Vadim Tiugea " Balance-of-Power Perspectives at the Beginning of the 21st Century"

Igor Okunev " A Geopolitical Image of the World: Centripetal and Centrifugal Forces"

Peter Casny "From Global Contestation to International Coordination in Energy Security -- The Role of International Organizations"

William Han-Hui Hsieh "The Choice between Balancing and Buck-Passing: Analyzing America's Offensive Realist Global Strategy via Two Regional Cases --"The Nuclear Crises of North Korea & Iran"

Roberto Heimovits "The Shift in the Balance of Power – Illusion or Reality?"


14:00 Lunch

15:00 Section 2 Russia and the Politics of Balancing

Chair: Alexandra McLees

Alexandra Shapovalova "Asymmetric Balance of Power in Eastern Europe"

Dimitris Rapidis "From Hegemony to Regional Stability – Reassessing the Role of Turkey, Russia and Iran in Securing a Balance of Power"

Sona Margaryan "EU Conflict Resolution Policy in the South Caucasus"

Nikola Zeljkovics "Regional Rivalries & the Global Balance of Power"


18:00 Return to Hotel


Saturday 30 October

Panel A Regional Rivalries & the Balance of Power

09:30 Section 3 Case Studies in Regional Balances

Chair: Peter Casny

Georgy Gogitauri "IR and Geopolitics in the 21st Century-Western Hemisphere"

Gonzalo Paz "Russia and Latin America"

Artyom Lukin "Northeast Asia's Balance of Power"

Petra Cibulkova and "Great Power Policy on Nuclear Proliferation: Vladimira Knotkova North Korea and Iran, Russia and China as Responsible International Actors"

Arie Geronik "Dyadic Regional Powers: Adoption of the 'Nordic Balance System' as a Security Regime in the Middle East"


12:00 PANEL B The Geopolitics of Energy Resources

Chair: Aharon Klieman

Cengiz Bozkurt "Energy: A Key Component of States' Geopolitics Shaping"

Sharyl Cross "Managing Global Energy Security in the 21st Century: Exploring Prospects for U.S., Russian, Chinese Cooperation"

Arun Mukhopadhyay "Geopolitics of the Arctic Continental Shelf"

Morten Larsen Nonboe "The Ilulissat Summit & De-securitisation of the Arctic"

David Rukhlin "The EU, Russia and Prospects for Energy and Confrontation" Leonid Plastynenko


14:30 Lunch

15:30 PANEL C The Geopolitics of Democracy

Chair: Igor Okunev

Ruzanna Jagaryan "Democratic Regime Type and External Policy"

Diana Tsutskiridze "A Geopolitical Aspect to Democratic Development"

Leonid Savin "Emerging Political Theory as Necessity"

Alexandra McLees "The Resurgence of Russian 'Soft Power'"

Julia Bader and Antje "Emerging Powers & the Export of Autocracy: Kastner Russia and China in Their Respective Regions"


18:00 Closing Session IPSA RC-41 Future Agenda Planning Meeting. Where Do We Go From Moscow?

19:30 Return to Hotel


BADER, Julia German Development Institute, Bonn, Germany

BOGATUROV, Aleksey Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Russia

BOZKURT, Cengiz Eastern Mediterranean University, Mersin, Turkey

BUSYGINA, Irina Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Russia

CASNY, Peter University of Vienna, Austria

CIBULKOVA, Petra Jan Masaryk Centre of International Studies, University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic

CROSS, Sharyl George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany

GERONIK, Arie The Open University of Israel, Tel-Aviv, Israel

GOGITAURI, Georgy School of International Relations, St. Petersburg State University, Russia

HEIMOVITS, Roberto Universidad del Pacifico, Lima, Peru

HSIEH, William Han-Hui Graduate Institute of Political Science, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

JAGARYAN, Ruzanna Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University; "Future Is Yours" NGO, Yerevan, Armenia

KASTNER, Antje Social Science Research Centre, Berlin, Germany

KLIEMAN, Aharon Tel-Aviv University and Ashkelon Academic College, Israel

KNOTKOVA, Vladimira Jan Masaryk Centre of International Studies, University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic

LUKIN, Artyom Department of International Relations, Vladivostok Institute of International Relations, Far Eastern National University, Vladivostok, Russia

MALINOVA, Olga Russian Political Science Association, Moscow, Russia

MARGARYAN, Sona Department of Political Science, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

MCLEES, Alexandra The University of Chicago, U.S.A.

MUKHOPADHYAY, Arun Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, India

NONBOE, Morten Larsen St. Anthony's College, University of Oxford, U.K. and University of Aarhus, Denmark

OKUNEV, Igor Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Head of RC-41Local Organizing Committee

PAZ, Gonzalo Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

PLASTYNENKO, Leonid Russian State Social University, Moscow, Russia

RAPIDIS, Dimitris University of Geneva, Switzerland

RUKHLIN, ,David State University of Management, Moscow, Russia

SAVIN, Leonid Center of Conservative Research, Faculty of Sociology, Moscow State University and Center of Geopolitical Research, Russia

SHAPOVALOVA, Alexandra Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine

TIUGEA, George-Vadim Ovidiu Sincai Institute, Bucharest, Romania

TSUTSKIRIDZE, Diana University of Georgia and Georgian Security Analysis Center, Tbilisi, Georgia

ZELJKOVICS, Nikola Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia