«International Trends» (Mezhdunarodnye protsessy) is historically the first Russian academic journal of international relations theory and methodology of world-political studies. Its Editorial Board represents Russia's and internationally most renowned schools and centres of IR research, featuring for sure the top experts on world politics and from across the post-Soviet space as well as some leading scholars from the UK, the USA and Australia. «International Trends» is independently published and managed by the Academic Educational Journal on International Relations, a Moscow-based Russian NGO established in 2000.
Having no direct affiliation with any state or private institution, the journal aims to facilitate communication among scholars and educators in Eastern Eurasia and to foster their concerted effort in developing theoretical approaches to international relations and world politics. Our journal’s priorities include new fundamental trends in international relations and world economy, the evolving theoretical agenda of security and conflict studies, international organizations, the ethical dimension of foreign policy and international law, ecology, geopolitics and international political economy.
Our authors come from universities and research centers based in the former Soviet area as well as Western Europe and North America. The journal circulates in 1,200 copies. Apart from Russian-speaking intellectuals, analysts and university faculty, they are distributed among policy makers and officials serving in Russian federal and regional government bodies, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Administration of the President of the Russian Federation.
Nearly fifteen years we have been building, in Russia and CIS countries, an autonomous scholarly community of individual political scientists and experts on international policy and security. We are less focused on institutions and more concerned with network-building among individuals – male and female, Russian and non-Russian, younger and mature. Russia's academic community now gradually abandon their dependence on bureaucratic structures, as scholars learn to rely upon each other instead of remaining tied up by their formal job affiliations.
Our alumni network now embraces over 500 younger scholars and university professors from 60 cities of the Russian Federation and 7 CIS countries. We are making clear progress in our publications, all of which are made available freely at the Forum's web site.
Owing to this enormous network of our programs alumni and research fellows who have since graduation been promoted to positions of deans and department chairs in virtually every Russian or CIS university teaching IR, the “International Trends” journal has not only become the premier Russian scholalry periodical focused on international relations theory and world politics, but also constitutes a unique and highly regarded source of expertise and analysis for IR students from all Russian and CIS specialized faculties and schools. This is happening chiefly due to the fact that from the outset we have opened all our articles online. Moreoever, directed by an international team of academic advisors, the journal keeps its pages open for regional scholars sometimes struggling to find a way into Russia's leading journals, as well as to Western and CIS contributors.
Much has been accomplished, even more remains to be done. Thinking of the future, we fully acknowledge that none of our past successes would have been achieved without attention and assistance we have always been receiving from the MacArthur Foundation to which we owe our birth.