Superpowers: Enigmatic Russia

For over 100 years, Russia has looked to position itself as a global superpower: first as an empire, later as part of the Soviet Union, and today as an independent state. We’ll set an eye toward the complex world of Russian politics, its internal struggles, and the nation’s intricate relationships on the world stage. Exploring its history, government, politics, and foreign relations, this course will seek to explain Russia’s current ambitions and continued success in attaining global superpower status.

Featuring subject matter expert

Michael Binyon
Michael Binyon

Contributor at The Times

Michael Binyon has been an editorial writer, columnist and foreign correspondent for The Times since 1971. For 15 years he was based overseas, reporting from Moscow, Washington, Bonn and Brussels, before returning to London in 1991.

Why was President Trump's election victory important for Russia?

Russians have always been very innovative in technological matters. They have an educational system that equips them very very well for scientific, mathematical, and technical ideas.

Course Overview

  • Discern repeating patterns of government, superpower ambitions, and the rule of the ‘strong man’.
  • Appreciate that Glasnost and perestroika policies introduced by Mikhail Gorbachev were doomed to fail.
  • See new alliances forged between former enemies with mutual interests, as in the case of Russia and China.
  • Understand how Cold War relations and confrontational policies have led to Russia’s diplomatic struggles with other global superpowers.
Course content
  • 10 Full HD Video Lectures
  • Downloadable Course Handouts
  • Knowledge Assessment Quiz
  • Interactive Group Discussion Task
  • Q&A Session with a Subject Matter Expert
  • Certificate of Achievement





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