Institute for International Studies Relaunches Iberoamerican Papers

24 August 2020

In 2020, the MGIMO Institute for International Studies relaunches the Iberoamerican Papers journal. The first issue published this week has an updated format, includes new sections and covers relevant topics reflecting the current situation in the region.

Iberoamerican Papers is a quadrennial journal published in Russian and Spanish and indexed in the Russian Science Citation Index. This year, the Editorial Board set an overarching goal to create a full-fledged platform for experts from all over Eurasia and Ibero-America to exchange opinions and research findings. Moreover, the focus is now shifted towards solely academic articles, which would provide an in-depth analysis of political and economic trends unfolding in Ibero-America.

“The region is in a constant state of evolution with the socio-economic paradigms changing all the time. It would be interesting to understand what is actually happening there,” says Andrzej Habarta, Editor-in-Chief of the journal and Senior Research Fellow of the Institute.

From now on, each edition of the journal will have a unifying topic, i.e. it will be dedicated to a particular country. In this edition it is Mexico that is under the spotlight. On the eve of the 200th anniversary of the country's independence, Russian and foreign authors study the results of its political and economic development and analyse to what extent Mexico has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic and the recent plunge in oil markets. In light of the 75th Anniversary of the Great Victory, authors focus on the contribution of Mexico to the victory in WWII. The edition also touches upon Mexican foreign policy, as well as Russian-Mexican relations.

Besides academic articles, the issue features two interviews with leading Russian experts in Latin American studies. Vladimir Davydov, the Director of the Institute of Latin American Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, talks about the neoliberal model of Mexico, its advantages and disadvantages, as well as the prospects for socio-economic development, while Anatoly Borovkov, the Editor-in-Chief of the Iberoamérica journal, highlights the way the political landscape in Mexico has been evolving in recent years and pays heed to the role of the relations with the United States in this process.

Next editions of the journal will be devoted to Spain, Brazil and Cuba. The Editorial Board of the journal invites Russian and foreign authors to discuss modern challenges that the countries of the region face and share their research findings.