This work reflects a longstanding interest of the author in Russian-French bilateral relations, flowering from her deep passion and l’amour for the two countries. It also summarizes the year and a half of profound studying of the subject in the course of the Master in International Affairs program at the AUP, its further mastering and materializing the originally vague idea in the framework of a rather concrete research question. It brings together pieces of different papers produced by the author and unifies research conducted on different subjects in the course of her studies.
The author considers that the right moment in time indeed benefited and enriched this work. The global economic and financial crisis brought significant changes in all countries, including Russia, exposing the roots of numerous problems of the Russian economy, being hidden by high oil prices. The birth of new political strategy aiming to modernize the economy became a kind of “Noah's ark” for the entire country and a platform for this study as well. Lack of resources (financial, technological and intellectual) to implement the strategy pushed the Russian government to search for modernization partners abroad and to this end reorienting its foreign policy towards modernization goals. France due to historically, culturally and politically close ties naturally became one of the main candidates. The good illustration of intention of political leaders to bring the two countries closer to each other became the Russian-French year of exchange.
In the light of inflows mentioned above, the purpose of this work is to make a contribution to strengthening Russian-French economic relations and bringing the modernization strategy into life by analyzing which road should be taken in the context of actual reality, understanding the risks and probably proposing some recommendations to overcome them; as well as understanding interactions between different actors as at the end of the day, strengthening Russian-French relations may be beneficial for all stakeholders from political leaders to economic actors seeking to explore Russian market and more generally to civil society.
It should be mentioned that this work has not intended to be purely economic, but it rather lies on the crossroad of economy, national politics and international relations. The complexity of this work in this sense is at the same time its strength as it allows us to try having more complete vision of different angles in order to analyze the subject in a more integrated manner. The subject is not limited by the time framework as in its core lies a long-term strategy, whose implementation would take time and its way is certainly not straight forward. The essential point of this work is to understand what and how Russia and France has to do to strengthen their economic relations in a way each of them can become stronger. While union is better than division, integration is better than union.
I would like to express my deep and sincere gratitude to everybody who contributed to this work. In particular, I would like to thank my dear family for their overall support, which has been indispensable for me. I would like also to thank Dr. Kobtzeff, my thesis advisor, for guiding me through my research. I wish to express my deep gratitude to Angela Bularga, my internship supervisor at the OECD, for her kindness, moral encouragement and advices in the course of writing this work. I wish to thank Dr. Perry, the director of my program at the AUP, for her understanding and support as well as all my Professors who guided and advised me in the course of my studies. I wish also to thank my dear friends, James and Nicolette, for helping with my English.
|School:||The American University of Paris (France)|
|Source:||MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Economics, International Relations|
|Keywords:||Economic relations, France, Modernization, Russia|
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