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International Trends / Mezhdunarodnye Protsessy

A Tri-Annual English Almanac of Selected Publications from 'International Trends'
ISSN: 2500-3658

Starting from 2016 “Mezhdunarodnye Protsessy” launched a tri-annual English-language almanac. Its goal is to provide a platform for a scholarly debate on the major trends in global politics. Therefore, it attracts authors from around the globe to contribute manuscripts, as well as translates the most interesting articles it publishes in Russian for the foreign audiences.

In recent years, there is a flourishing discussion in academic cycles regarding the prospects of the non-Western Schools of International Relations. It is hotly debated at the Conventions of the International Studies Association and in major academic volumes. Some participants to these discussions claim that U.S.-dominated, English language-centered discourse is restricted to the scholars from non-Western environments. Others believe that academics from the emerging powers do not have much to contribute in epistemological and theoretical sense. Yet, even they acknowledge that there could be thematic differences and specific methodological preferences among national schools.

While the Mezhdunarodnye Protsessy journal established itself as a leading volume on International Relations theory and World Politics in Russia, the editorial team perceived it should address the gap between international academic discourse and Russian discussion. The almanac provides a vehicle to at least partly bridge this divide.

Although there is a growing number of publications, which are bilingual nowadays, the almanac is intended to be unique in two major ways. First, it is focused on deep, analytical publications devoted to the understudied issues, that are not necessarily related to the political agenda of the day. We believe, however, that they are of great practical relevance due to their fundamental impact on international relations.

Second, rather than proposing discussion on Russian foreign policy or international relations in Eurasia, it deals with global matters and international politics as an environment for national decision making. The authors are expected to provide various perspectives on the subjects, based upon their national academic traditions, but not to explain or justify policies of specific states.

The almanac is open for submissions of different length (between 5 and 10 thousand words), which be assessed on the merit of their academic contribution and reflection of substantive priorities of the journal. The authors are required to adhere to the journal style.