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From Knowing the Enemy to Becoming Friends: Russia’s Foreign Policy and Its Place in International Relations

Dr. Vladimir Trapara, Institute of Intl. Politics and Economics

Dr Vladimir Trapara

April 15, 2024
10:00-11:30 A.M.
MUC - 307
Dr. Vladimir Trapara

Are you interested in learning more about Russian foreign policy? Join renowned expert, Dr. Vladimir Trapara, from the Institute of International Politics and Economics (IIPE) in Belgrade (Serbia), as he explains what motivates the Russian Federation’s behavior on the international stage.

Dr. Trapara is a Senior Researcher at IIPE, and is a graduate of the University of Belgrade’s Faculty of Political Science.

IIPE, founded in 1947, is a distinguished governmental research institution focusing on international relations, diplomacy and defense policy. Over the years, IIPE has played a pivotal role in shaping Yugoslav and Serbian foreign and defense policy through extensive research, analysis and policy recommendations. It has cemented its position as the main research and policy arm of the Serbian Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defense, contributing significantly to the understanding of global affairs in the Balkans and beyond.

Since 2017, Dr. Trapara he has been the Head of the Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies at IIPE. From 2017 to 2021 he was editor-in-chief of the scientific journal Međunarodna politika (International Politics). He is the lead organizer of the annual Winter school of international relations of the IIPE. His main field of academic interest are Russia and the United States’ foreign policies and relations. Besides, this he deals with an array of other significant international topics, as well as with IR theory and Serbia’s foreign policy. He has published three scientific monographs – Time of “Reset”: Russia-United States Relations from 2009 to 2012, Russia’s Wars 1999-2019, and Russia and Ukraine: Origins of a Tragedy – as well as over 50 scientific papers in journals and collections.


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“Conventional rhetoric has described the current global landscape as a strategic competition between three  “great powers”. What has developed is something quite different.  There is no question that these three nations are interacting in ways that will determine the future shape of the global security, economic and information architecture. The question is, are they all “great” and if so, why? To fully understand this, we must move “beyond the rhetoric” in our discussion of great power competition.”
- General Hooper