The Emergence of Ethno-Geopolitics in Post-Soviet Russia

Mark Bassin

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A prominent UK-based political and historical geographer analyzes ethnogeopolitics, a new trend in Russian political discourse that is distinguished by the primary role it assigns to ethnicity (rather than the nation-state) as a geopolitical factor-i.e., recognizing formal (often poly-ethnic) ethno-national groupings on their respective ethnic spaces as important "geopolitical subjects" in their own right with a certain autonomy in world politics. After defining and otherwise setting out the differences between ethno-geopolitics and the more mainstream school of Russian geopolitics emerging after the disintegration of the USSR, the author proceeds to assess the extent to which ethno-geopolitics is shaping current Russian geopolitical thought in two critically important arenas: (1) Russia's relations with other great powers at the global level and (2) the dynamics of ethnicity (and inter-ethnic relations) within its own boundaries as well as in neighboring states. Journal of Economic Literature, Classification Numbers: Y900, Z190.71 references.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-149
Number of pages19
JournalEurasian Geography and Economics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2009


  • Gumilev
  • ethnogenetic cycle
  • ethno-geopolitics
  • Lebensraum
  • ethnopolitics
  • complementarity
  • etnosy
  • Russia
  • geopolitics
  • superetnosy
  • Zhirinovskiy


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