No 1 (2014)


Political Significance of Islamic Fundamentalism in the Postmodern Era

Pochta Y.M., Oberemko T.V.


The article discusses the political significance of Islamic fundamentalism in the context of the crisis of the modern globalized society in which elements of premodern, modern and postmodern societies coexist. Therefore, it is proved in the article, a widely used approach to the explanation of Islamic fundamentalism from the standpoint of the modern science needs to be supplemented by an approach based on postmodern concepts. In the Western society, there is the process of formation of a new post-secular sociality (transition from modern to unfinished postmodern), but most (non-Western) part of humanity has no direct relation to these processes. The population of these non-Western societies, as well as some social strata of the West, seeing the challenges of contemporaneity as a threat to their existence, seek refuge in conservatism and traditionalism. One expression of this rejection is the Islamic fundamentalism.
RUDN Journal of Political Science. 2014;(1):5-19
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US Policy Toward Ukraine (1991—2012)

Zhiltsov S.S., Ilyinova E.G.


The article reveals the evolution of US strategy toward Ukraine. It considers the major US approaches in the realization of the foreign policy course in the Ukrainian direction. The role of the US Administration in the formation and realization of Ukraine’s foreign policy is analyzed.
RUDN Journal of Political Science. 2014;(1):20-35
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Ethnic Segmentation of African Society at the Beginning of the XXI Century

Nigusie Cassaye W.M., Saulyak V.E.


This article analyzes the ethnic stratification of African society. Growing problems of an economic, social and political inequalities of ethnic groups in Africa generates inter-ethnic conflicts, the growth of ethno-national identity and the pursuit of ethno-territorial autonomy. Political movements for the liberation of ethnic minority is supported by Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO).
RUDN Journal of Political Science. 2014;(1):36-41
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The Reasons for Activisation of Separatism Movements in Xinjiang Later in XX and XXI Centuries

Mavlonova A.S.


The article includes analysis of the main reasons for activization of separatism movements in Xinjiang later in XX and earlier in XXI centuries. The author comes into conclusion that the following reasons caused the process of active politicization of ethnicity in Central Asian region and wide territories of Xinjiang: changes in the territory of former Soviet Union countries; economic recession in former Soviet Union countries which led to activization of radical movements; economic reforms in China leading to liberalization of social and political spheres; influence of external global factors. The mentioned changes resulted in serious activization of separatist tendencies which was not the case in earlier periods.
RUDN Journal of Political Science. 2014;(1):42-50
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Rethinking Eurasianism: the Eurasian Union Project of N.A. Nazarbaev

Egorov D.V.


The article is dedicated to the analysis of basic patterns of the Eurasian Union Project of N.A. Nazarbaev. The author explains the reasons determined absence of interest from the direction of Russian leaders and governments of other CIS’s countries to the initiative of Kazakhstan President in 1990’s and the renewal of Eurasianism in 2000’s. The author also emphasizes the factors defining a special role of Kazakhstan in the processes of integration on the area of Eurasia.
RUDN Journal of Political Science. 2014;(1):51-59
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Humanitarian Intervention and the New Dimensions of the Concept of State Sovereignty

Baranin J.


The presented article is devoted to the analysis of the relation of humanitarian intervention to the concept of state sovereignty and non-interference of other states in its internal affairs. Ambiguity of this problem is generated by a combination of the conventional international legal principle of the sovereignty and inviolability of the supreme power of the state in its territory with growing belief that the world community cannot remain indifferent to death and mass violations of the human rights in this or that state.
RUDN Journal of Political Science. 2014;(1):60-68
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The Policy of National Reconciliation in Afghanistan

Chikhrinova A.I.


The process of national reconciliation is the key to the Afghan reality that affects all spheres of the Islamic Republic. Guarantor of peaceful development serves the balance of interests of the various ethnic groups in the verticals of higher power, but however as long as the parallel sides will try to learn their political, ethnic and religious gains from this process — peace in Afghanistan cannot occur in the foreseeable future.
RUDN Journal of Political Science. 2014;(1):69-79
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IPSA RC20 Meeting at the 12th Congress of the French Association of Political Science: a Brief Overview of the Event

Batygin K.V.


The article presents an overview of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) Research Committee on Political Finance and Political Corruption (RC20) meeting that was held in Paris on July 9—11, 2013, in the framework of 12 th Congress of the French Association of Political Science. The author focuses his attention on the basic themes of the meeting and presents short commentaries from some of the individual presentations. Special attention is devoted to three keynote papers that contain the most fundamental contentions of the meeting’s participants. The overview also includes information on IPSA.
RUDN Journal of Political Science. 2014;(1):80-85
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Evolution of Sacralization of Power

Karaje T.V.


In the given article the author investigates evolution of sacralization of power, analyzes the main reasons and factors that define genesis of the aforementioned process.
RUDN Journal of Political Science. 2014;(1):86-95
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Soft Power in World Politics: the Bologna Dimension

Chepurina M.A.


Through the prism of Russian participation in the Bologna Process, a keynote initiative designed to harmonize the European higher education systems, the article analyzes the international political role of one of the main elements of soft power — higher education. Globalization and the spread of modern computer and communication technologies is steadily weakening the traditional “tools” of countries’ power and influence. Aware of the changing political context, Russia is increasing its attention to and use of various public diplomacy tools, aimed primarily at working with foreign publics. Providing higher education services is one of the most efficient tools of promoting a country’s positive image abroad. Moreover, it also contributes to the development of Russian human capital.
RUDN Journal of Political Science. 2014;(1):96-103
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To the Problem of State Dirigisme in the Information Field of the Russian Federation: Regional Level

Nechaev D.N.


In this article the category of state dirigisme in the information space at the regional level is analyzed. The author relates the concept of state dirigisme in the economic field with the characteristics of public administration in the information sphere, illustrating regional practices.
RUDN Journal of Political Science. 2014;(1):104-112
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The Image of Europe in Political Perceptions of Moscow Students

Movsisyan A.A.


The paper presents a detailed analysis of Moscow students’ political perceptions. The research is focused on normative and descriptive characteristics of political perceptions of young people. By means of these characteristics (social and political aspects) students describe and compare the images of contemporary Russia and Europe.
RUDN Journal of Political Science. 2014;(1):113-127
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New media in the modern politics. The works of the round table

Kazarinova D.B., Kopalkina E.A., Pozharnitskaya T.A., Zor'kina K.V., Bizhanov A.Z., Gubanov S.S.


On 10 December 2013 at the department of comparative politics of the PFUR was held the round table “New media in the modern politics”.
RUDN Journal of Political Science. 2014;(1):128-156
pages 128-156 views

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RUDN Journal of Political Science. 2014;(1):157-158
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