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Visiting Fellows 2016-2017

Luke March, University of Edinburgh, UK
“Nationalist Values Projection in the Foreign Policy of Great Powers: Russia, China and the United States”
(April 2017)


Luke March is Senior Lecturer in Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics at Politics and International Relations and Deputy Director of the Princess Dashkova Russian Centre, University of Edinburgh, Scotland.  He is the author of five books on Russia and European Politics, including The Communist Party in Post-Soviet Russia, Russia and Islam: State, Society and Radicalism,   Radical Left Parties in Europe, and Europe’s Radical Left: From the Margins to the Mainstream?, as well as over 30 articles for journals such as Party Politics, Slavic Review, Comparative European Politics and Europe-Asia Studies. His general research interests include:  the politics of the former Soviet Union, especially Russian and Moldovan politics, political parties in the FSU, democratisation and institution-building; the radical left in Europe; populism; communism and Russian nationalism.

Short description of ongoing research:
My research plan at Aleksanteri is entitledNationalist Values Projection in the Foreign Policy of Great Powers: Russia, China and the United States’. It is part of a longer-term project beginning in 2016 on ‘Nationalism in the foreign policy of Great Powers’.  As the titles suggest, the aim is to position the role of nationalism within foreign policy formulation and conduct. It will critique those paradigms that assume that Russia is uniquely nationalist in its conduct, as a supposedly consistently aggressive, revisionist power, motivated by a strong sense of grievance and wish to project its power abroad, and will compare it with other ‘Great Powers’ to assess the unique and the general in Russian foreign policy. The immediate focus is to produce a research monograph that analyses the relationship between nationalism and foreign policy in depth, and which challenges and adapts existing heuristic frameworks. In addition to focusing on nationalism and foreign policy as the central line of analysis, the key innovation is its comparative angle. It is my contention that analysing Russian nationalism without awareness of the comparative context risks ‘Orientalising’ Russia, whereby its nationalistic proclivities are seen uncritically as deviations from the ‘normal’ path espoused by Western states.

Email: l.march[AT]

Academic hosts at the Aleksanteri Institute: Hanna Smith, Sigrid Kaasik-Krogerus