Regional Studies (Arab Middle East Studies)
About the profession
Regional Studies expertise is a relatively new area in political science and international relations. An expert in Regional Studies is virtually a sui generis specialist. Regional Studies experts are well-read in specific details and character of the region under study, ranging from its state structure and foreign policy priorities to cultural and national characteristics of the local population. Regional Studies Program prepares experts on a particular region, state or group of states. Theory and History of International Relations Department provides education along Arab Middle East Studies profile.
A Regional Studies specialist – expert in Arab Middle East – possesses excellent interdisciplinary skills including those of an International Relations scholar, political scientist, economist, lawyer, historian, diplomat and linguist. A profound knowledge of foreign languages, particularly Arabic, Economics, Law, International Relations, History, Geography, Business Etiquette, and Ethnology of Arab Middle East states enables the graduates to excel in various fields, including doing analytics in research institutions, working as editors, journalists, consultants, translators in both public and private sectors.
The students acquire an in-depth knowledge of a range of disciplines related to the region under study. Regional Studies Program along Arab Middle East profile provides for an in-depth study of two foreign languages including Arabic. The syllabus centers on disciplines with special regard to the region under study – its geography and history, economy and finance, culture and religion, foreign policy and international relations. The teaching staff includes leading experts working with RUDN-University, MGIMO University, ISAAS with MSU, RAS Institute for Far Eastern Studies, etc. The students have an opportunity to take a year-long intensive language course at leading Chinese universities, which is conducive for better language acquisition.
”History of Arab Middle East States”, ”Economy of Arab Middle East States”, ”Foreign Policy of Arab Middle East States”, ”Culture of Arab Middle East States”, ” Arab Middle East States in Contemporary Foreign Policy of Russia”, ”Political Geography of Arab Middle East States”, ”Socio-Political Thought in Arab Middle East States”, ”History of Oriental Diplomacy", ”Investment Strategies of Arab Businesses”, etc.
The program provides for practical and educational internships; during the latter the students register with the RAS Institute for Oriental Studies libraries and the like to do scientific research of their own. Practical internships are held with the leading private and public institutions of the Russian Federation.
Having successfully completed the Program, the students acquire a complex in-depth knowledge of Arab Middle East states with their specific character as well as the skills necessary to interact with Arab Middle East states representatives in various fields. The graduates may excel as interpreters, analysts, diplomats, political journalists, economists, sales representatives. A profound knowledge of Arabic as well as one of the European languages enables the graduates to have a successful career in public sector in Russia or in private sector structures, exercising international activities.