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Master’s Degree Program in International Relations

Educational Program

International Relations

MA Program Russia in the Asia-Pacific: Politics, Economics, Security

Master’s degree program in international relations «Russia is the Asia-Pacific: Politics, Economics, Security» is focused on preparing specialists who research Asia-Pacific international relations, Russian regional foreign policy, and methods to maximize the inclusion of the Russian Far East in the regional integration process.

This program aims to provide knowledge about the most important processes and trends in contemporary world politics and in key international regions, with a special emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region; understanding of Russia’s place and role as a major actor in world politics, paying special attention to its growing political and economic links with the Asia-Pacific; supply knowledge about the Russian Far East and its multi-faceted engagement with the Asia-Pacific.  

Diplomatic representatives from the Republic of Korea and the United States are among the first students of this master’s degree program at Far Eastern Federal University.

The MA program is administered by FEFU’s Oriental Institute — School of Regional and International Studies. The School ranks among Russia’s top centers for the study of international relations.

Admission Requirements 

Applicants to the Master’s Degree program in International Relations must have a bachelor’s or higher degree.

FEFU Prospective international students How to Apply

International admission: +7 (914) 653−60−70

Master’s Program entrance examination 2015

Entrance examination




Entrance exam on History and theory of international relations

August 7, 2015

10:30 a.m.

Room D 502.

Exam questions

Master’s Program in international relations entrance booklet


Program Overview

Total credit points: 120

Duration: 2 years of full-time study.

FinalState Certification involves defending of the graduate qualification work (Master’s thesis) and Final State Exam.

Tuition fees — 160 000 RUB per AY

Master’s Program in international relations is of special significance for training professionals with a high hiring demand in Vladivostok, Primorsky territory and the whole of the Far Eastern Federal District. Due to its geographical position, this region is Russia’s gateway to the Asia-Pacific, a significant, dynamically developing region. The effective operation of this gateway will be largely supported by the experts in international relations. 

List of courses by title

Core Courses

Political issues in the international system

Theory of diplomacy and modern diplomatic systems

World politics and the New World Order

Diplomacy and conflict resolution in the Asia-Pacific

International relations in North-East Asia

International political economy

Integration processes and Asia-Pasific institutions

New security challenges and human security in the Asia-Pacific

Foreign language for specific purposes

Security issues in the Asia-Pacific

Russia and issues of international law in the Asia-Pacific

Political regimes and problems of democratization in the Asia-Pacific

Optional Courses

Intercultural communication

Energy policies of the Asia-Pacific countries

Geopolitics of the Asia-Pacific

Russian Foreign Policy

Russia’s Political System

Russian Far East as a Subnational Actor

Foreign students enrolled in the program can study the Russian language and culture. Another option, both for Russian and foreign students, is to learn Oriental languages, as SRIS is one of Russia’s leading centers for Oriental Studies. Languages available to study include Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese.

Language Courses






Career opportunities

Holders of Master’s degree in International Relations will be able to work in diverse professional areas, including government service, business, higher education, research, and mass-media.

Program faculty

Most of the faculty on the MA program come from the School of Regional and International Studies. However, the program also features professors from other FEFU’s schools, as well as foreign visiting professors, including world-renowned scholars. The students will also be offered lectures by practitioners from business community, security organizations, and foreign policy establishments.

Anatoly Kuznetsov Anatoly Kuznetsov, Head of the MA Program, Professor of International Relations, School of Regional and International Studies 
(Non-traditional Security Threats and Human Security in the Asia-Pacific)

Sergey Sevastyanov Sergey Sevastyanov, Professor of International Relations, School of Regional and International Studies
(International Political Economy, Integration Processes and Institutions in the Asia-Pacific, Energy Politics in the Asia-Pacific)

Maria Lebedko Maria Lebedko, Professor of Linguistics and Intercultural Communication, School of Regional and International Studies
(Intercultural Communication) 

Andrey Gubin Andrey Gubin, Associate Professor of International Relations, School of Regional and International Studies
(Security Issues in the Asia-Pacific) 

Kirill Kolesnichenko Kirill Kolesnichenko, Associate Professor of Political Science, School of Humanities
(Russia’s Political System) 

Artyom Lukin Artyom Lukin, Associate Professor of International Relations, School of Regional and International Studies
(International Politics of Northeast Asia)

Tamara Troyakova Tamara Troyakova, Associate Professor of International Relations, School of Regional and International Studies
(Russian Foreign Policy) 

Ivan Zolotukhin Ivan Zolotukhin, Associate Professor of International Relations, School of Regional and International Studies
(The Geopolitics of the Asia-Pacific)

Vladimir Kuznetsov Vladimir Kuznetsov, Professor of International Relations, Director, School of Regional and International Studies
(Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution in the Asia-Pacific)

Vyacheslav Gavrilov Vyacheslav Gavrilov, Professor of International Law, School of Law
(Russia and the Issues of International Law in the Asia-Pacific) 

Visiting Professors

Rouben Azizian Rouben Azizian is Professor at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (Honolulu, USA). His main areas of research and teaching are regional security cooperation mechanisms, diplomacy and confidence building, energy security as well as Russian, Central and South Asian security issues. Dr. Azizian has published seven books and monographs as well as numerous book chapters, journal articles and working papers on foreign policy and security of Russia, Central Asia, South Asia, Northeast Asia.

Marina Lebedeva Marina Lebedeva is Professor and Head of the World Politics Department at Moscow State Institute of International relations (MGIMO-University). She is one of Russia’s leading international relations experts. Professor Lebedeva has authored numerous monographs, textbooks, and articles, which have been published not only in Russia, but also in the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany and other countries.

Tsuneo Akaha Tsuneo Akaha is Professor at the Monterey Institute of International Studies (USA) and Director of the MIIS Center for East Asian Studies, Professor Akaha specializes in Japanese foreign and security policy, international relations of the Asia Pacific, international political economy, globalization, human rights, human security, and international migration. He is the author of numerous books and articles. He is a member of the editorial board of International Relations of the Asia-Pacific journal.

Ken Quinones Dr. C. Kenneth Quinones is the Dean of Research and Professor of Global Studies at Akita International University in Japan. He has been involved with Northeast Asia since 1962 as a soldier, scholar and diplomat. As a diplomat, he served in South and North Korea, Japan and China, and was the first US diplomat to visit North Korea. He has published several books and numerous academic articles about East Asia.

Tetsuya Toyoda Tetsuya Toyoda is Associate Professor at Akita International University (Japan). He specializes in international law and East Asian regionalism. Professor Toyoda is the author of Theory and Politics of the Law of Nations.

Paul Richardson Paul Richardson is currently a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellow at Hokkaido University in Japan. His current research interests include Russia’s role in the Asia-Pacific, Russia’s national development strategy in the Far East, linkages between domestic and foreign policy, and territorial disputes in the Asia-Pacific. Dr Richardson is a graduate of University College London (BA first class honours), the University of California Los Angeles (MA), and the University of Birmingham (PhD). He is the author of numerous journal articles in North American, European, Japanese and Indian publications. He is also an editor of the journal Eurasia Border Review.