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Prof. Solovey interview on M.A. in International Relations

In 2012 MGIMO University is launching a new International Master’s Program in International Relations “Governance and Global Affairs”. The program is designed as a part of the MGIMO School of Governance, first international School of this type in Russia. Prof. Valery Solovey, the academic supervisor of the program, has answered our questions about the program.

Prof. Valery Solovey is a well-known MGIMO professor. Having graduated from Moscow State University he worked at Russian Academy of Sciences and later at Gorbachov Foundation. After visiting fellowship at London School of Economics and Political Science he became professor and Chair of Public Relations department at MGIMO-University.

How has the idea of launching the first School of Governance in Russia emerged? And what it has to do with the new Masters Program “Governance and Global Affairs” that starts in September 2012? 

The idea of the School of Governance belongs to our vice-rector Alexey Bogaturov. It is based on a fruitful experience of schools and departments of Government in many countries in the West and East. These schools are designed to prepare international students and residents for work in politics, government (national and regional), mass media, public administration, public policy and business.


The most famous schools are Ecole Politique in France and John Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in the United States. Our rector Anatoliy Torkunov modified the idea of the School of Governance to some extent. His proposal was to start launching the Masters Program “Governance and Global Affairs” to test how the idea works.

Can you describe the prospective student of the Program? 

Regarding our MA Program we suppose that it may be interested for two categories of the applicants. Those who come from outside Russia and interested in knowledge on Russian state and society in international relations context. It can be also interesting for those Russian citizens, who has a good command in English language and eager to study IR in English in Moscow.

The Program is taught in English, right? What is its peculiarity?  

Right, all the subjects are taught in English and we suppose that this Program will provide graduates with the unique opportunity to find an employment in such spheres as politics, government, business, mass media and public administration, foreign policy – equally in their respective home countries and abroad.


The program curriculum based upon three main fields. The first is Russian studies, I mean all of the subjects that help to understand Russian politics and how it works and how Russian business works. We have such courses as “Governance and Government: Russia in Comparative Perspective”, “Doing Business in Russia”, etc. The second module is International Relations and Global Affairs. This is a peculiarity of MGIMO. We have a very good system of teaching in this field - our courses include “International Relations in the Global East”, “International Relations in the Global West”, “Megatrends and Global Affairs”, etc. The third field is the knowledge of Russia in Global Affairs. The Program combines training in analytical methods and practical management skills to ensure that graduates are prepared to understand problems and implement solutions.

Students combine these core skills with a focus on a policy area of their choice, and they typically engage in a practice-oriented capstone or workshop experience toward the end of their studies. MGIMO graduates are in high demand by employers in business and industry. Internship Program helps considerably in finding employment upon graduation.

Thank you for your time, Professor.

M.A. in International Relations “Governance and Global Affairs”:

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