Министерство образования и науки Российской Федерации
ФГАОУ ВПО «УрФУ имени первого Президента России Б.Н.Ельцина»
Лямзин Андрей Валерьевич

  • Materials for seminars

  • Regional organizations of the post-soviet area

    (CIS, SCO, CSTO, GUAM, US)

    Instructor: Andrey V. Lyamzin



    Week 2

    Seminar 1. Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)

    Andrey V. Lyamzin

    Method of work – debate. Participants divides into three groups to prove their own point of view on each question in the list.

    Discussion topics
    1. Institutional frameworks of the CIS.
    2. Purposes and principles of the Commonwealth.
    3. Legal nature of the CIS.
    4. The organizational structure of the CIS.
    5. Perspectives of the CIS.


    Week 3

    Seminar 2. The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)

    Andrey V. Lyamzin

    Method of work – Socratic seminar. Instructor ask everybody to check their acknowledge on the topics for discussion.

    Discussion topics
    1. Regional integration processes: registration of the "Shanghai Five".
    2. China's interests in Central Asia.
    3. Russia's interests in Central Asia.
    4. Asian CIS countries and their interests in the SCO.
    5. SCO observer countries, their interests and problems of joining the organization.
    6. SCO as a bastion of global multipolarity.



    Week 4

    Seminar 3. Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO)

    Andrey V. Lyamzin

    Method of work – Socratic seminar. Instructor ask everybody to check their acknowledge on the topics for discussion.

    Discussion topics
    1. The reasons for the signing of the Treaty on Collective Security in 1992.
    2. Structure and functioning of the Organization.
    3. CSTO fight against international terrorism and drug trafficking.
    4. Plans and programs of action.


    Week 5

    Seminar 4. GUAM Organization for Democracy and Economic Development

    Andrey V. Lyamzin

    Method of work – Socratic seminar. Instructor ask everybody to check their acknowledge on the topics for discussion.

    Discussion topics
    1. The emergence of the Organization for Democracy and Economic Development — GUAM in 1997, its sponsors, goals and objectives.
    2. The structure, composition and evolution of development stages.
    3. Perspectives of the Organization development.


    Week 6

    Seminar 5. Union State of Russia and Belarus (US)

    Andrey V. Lyamzin

    Method of work – debate. Participants divides into three groups to prove their own point of view on each question in the list.

    Discussion topics
    1. Political and economic conditions of rapprochement between Russia and Belarus.
    2. Stages of association.
    3. Obstacles preventing further convergence.


    Week 7

    Seminar 6. Eurasian Economic Community (EAEC)

    Andrey V. Lyamzin

    Method of work – Socratic seminar. Instructor ask everybody to check their acknowledge on the topics for discussion.

    Discussion topics
    1. The emergence of the Customs Union (CU) in 1995, its positive and negative features.
    2. Structure and stages of development of the organization.
    3. The signing of a Customs Union in 2010 (problems and perspectives).




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