Document Type : Research Paper


1 Associated Professor, Regional Studies Department, University of Tehran

2 Ph.D Student, the Studies of the Caucasus and Central Asia, University of Tehran


Russian identity discourses, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, have faced a region consisting of states and territorial boundaries around the border of Russia that were previously defined in the form of a “we”, and now those states must be redefined as “they” and their place would have also been determined in the Russian continuum of “other-self”. These discourses in the self-redefinition have emphasized on a range of different perceptions, from the continuation of “unity in the form of we” in the post-Soviet era to “Otherness” and “alienation” in the Eurasian region. Depending on the identical consideration or different consideration of identity, Eurasian regionalism have different representations in Russian macro-discourses of identity (westernism, statism and  Eurasianism) and thus the preferences of Russia in this process is accompanied with neglectful and emphatic turnings. This Research is trying to find the reasons for volatilities of Russian participation in the Eurasian regionalism, by applying the theory of “critical constructivist regionalism”, while emphasizing on the assumption that “identity debates in Russian foreign policy discourses have been the reason for neglectful and emphatic turnings in the preference of participation in the Eurasian regionalism.”


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