International Master’s Program in Political Science «Politics and Economics in Eurasia»: the program is designed to meet the needs of rising leaders in the public service professions, including domestic and international government agencies and non-profit organizations by providing up-to-date, firsthand information about Russia and Eurasia from a Russian view point.
Professor PhD Tatiana Shakleina since 1972 to the present is the scientific, senior research assistant, managing the sector, managing department of foreign policy researches of Institute of the USA and Canada of the Russian Academy of Sciences and well-known MGIMO Professor (since 2000).
T. A. Shakleina the author more than 100 scientific publications in total amount over 150 indexes, including 5 monographies. Its book «Russia and the USA in a new world order» (М: Institute of the USA and Canada of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 2002) has been recognized as work, it is the fullest shining the politiko-academic debate about the Russian-American relations after bipolarity disintegration.
Courses taught by Prof. Shakleina: «Internal and foreign policy of the USA», «Great powers in world politics», «Regional subsystems in the international relations», «Activity of the foreign policy research centers into the USA and their influence on foreign policy formation».
How has the idea of launching Master’s Program «Politics and Economics in Eurasia» emerged?
I think we needed this Master Program «Politics and Economics in Eurasia» for several reasons. Firstly, Russia is moving towards active participation in global educational community. It means that she must be able to present opportunities for education to students from various countries, have the same educational standards, preparing young people for future careers. Secondly, this particular program is of special importance because it gives students knowledge about Russia and other new independents states of Eurasia, that they cannot get anywhere else. Everything is unique: concept of the program, teachers, programs, recommended literature that is very different from what they read in their native countries. Thirdly, we use systemic approach with elements of comparative learning letting students view critically knowledge they got at their national universities. As a result, teaching and learning are processes of exchanging different views; interaction of different cultures and different university schools. Students also learn how to be politically correct, and tolerant to each other’s views.
Growing number of those who want to study at MGIMO proves that we have become an international school, an international university attractive to many young people from different countries.
Can you describe the prospective student of the Program?
This Program is for those young people who are broadminded, have enquiring mind, and are eager to know views and concerns of Russian scholars and Russian people; those who want to get first-hand information, doubt, and want to check or diversify their knowledge about Russia and its role in world politics. Many students that come to study in Russia have learnt from their teachers that Russia (the Soviet Union) used to have one of the best educational systems; that Russia has great culture, great literature, and great scientific schools.
I think this Master Program is for the students who will be diplomats or will work in various structures related to foreign service; will work at «think tanks» and foundations; will be university teachers; journalists.
What I really like about students who study in the program — they are very serious about teaching at MGIMO, work hard and read much.
What is peculiarity of the course you teach?
The course «Russia and the United States in contemporary international relations» is designed to give students a comparative view of Russian and American foreign policy strategies; to show the basics of U.S. and Russia’s foreign policy planning (conceptions); analyze outcomes of their policies in the field of new world order formation; examine the course of Russian-American relations. Students read and discuss Russian and American documents and publications, so they can compare estimations of American and Russian policies given by American and Russian (also European) scholars. In their analytical papers they summarize views on the chosen topic, make interesting conclusions and recommendation. In 2011 three students (American and two Italian students) got special prize in the competition of students’ analytical works held at MGIMO.