Centre for Comprehensive Chinese Studies and Regional Projects

The Centre for Comprehensive Chinese Studies and Regional Projects at MGIMO-University conducts complex studies of China and the Chinese civilization in comparative perspective, including its domestic and foreign policy, economy and development, history, culture and ideology, as well as different forms of its regional interaction with different world regions in comparative perspective, with special focus on Asia and Eurasia.

Main directions of the Center’s academic activity are as follows:

  • The Chinese model of development, its key political, economic and social characteristics, strengths and weaknesses;
  • Transformation of the political system of the P.R.C., including the mechanism of elites rotation, changes in power equilibrium, ideological and political struggle;
  • Domestic policy, correction of the political course, economic and social policy of the P.R.C.;
  • Civilizational foundations of China;
  • Ideological archetypes of the Chinese civilization, the current ideology of the contemporary Chinese state in its different territorial manifestations;
  • National policy, interethnic relations, religions and religious policy of the P.R.C.;
  • Foreign policy and international strategy of the P.R.C., its relations with other world powers and world regions, and its participation in integration, crossborder, regional, and transregional processes;
  • China’s successful/unsuccessful experience in realization of state programs of regional development in comparative perspective;
  • Strategy and practice of finding the right balance between regionalism, globalization, and transregionalism in the Chinese developmental model;
  • The Chinese model of regionalism, China’s vision of the world system’s architecture;
  • Transformation of the global order, the Chinese model of the regional order and other regional orders;
  • Integration processes, and key Eurasian and Chinese regional and interregional projects in comparative perspective;
  • International relations in Asia and their China-centric / non-China-centric interpretations;
  • Regional models of economic integration, security problems, main trends and models of development, cross-civilization interactions, and transformations of the regional order in Asia;
  • Cooperation and conflict between key actors in Eurasia, and formation of the system of macro-regional interaction;
  • Russia’s role in Eurasia and Asia, Russia’s policy on these directions, its potential for and risks of participation in transregional and regional projects;
  • Russia-China relations.

Director of the Center:

Alexei D.Voskressenski, professor Dr. Pol. Sc., Ph.D. (Victoria University of Manchester), PhD (Institute of Far Eastern Studies), directs the Center of Comprehensive Chinese Studies and Regional Projects (MGIMO University). He joined MGIMO in 1999 as head of the Department of Asian and African Studies (1999-2007), was Dean, College of Political Affairs and World Politics and School of Political Science (2008-2017), and is professor of Asian Studies, IR and Comparative Politics at the School of International Relations (MGIMO). He is founding editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed journal «Comparative Politics Russia» (www.comparative politics.org), author, co-author, joint-author and editor of 50+ books (the most recent are The Regional World Order, Non-Western International Relation Theories, and Is Non-Western Democracy Possible?) published in Russia, the USA, GB, EU, Singapore, China and around 450 book chapters, articles, essays, reviews and other professional writings of various kind published in many countries. He regularly appears on TV commenting on international politics.


Mikhail Karpov, MA in Political Science (Central European University, Budapest (1994)), PhD (Kandidat Nauk) in World History (Institute of Asian and African Studies, Moscow State University (1995) is Associate Professor at the School of Asian Studies, Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs at the Russian Higher School of Economics and, most currently, an adjunct research lead at the Center of Comprehensive Chinese Studies and Regional Projects (MGIMO University). Prior to this, he worked as Assistant and then Associate Professor at Moscow State University, Institute of Asian and African Studies (1996-2011), Head of Asian Desk at the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies (2011-2012). He also have been a visiting scholar, lecturer and visiting Professor at Budapest Collegium (1997-1998), Central European University (Budapest) (2000-2002), Beijing University (2005, 2006-2007 and 2009), Tamkang University (Taiwan) (2013), Institute of International Relations of NCCU University (Taiwan) (2013, 2016). Dr. Karpov has monographic researches, book chapters and essays published in Russia, PR China, Taiwan, Germany, Hungary, Poland, GB, R. of Korea.

Vasily Kashin graduated from the Institute for Asian and African Studies, Moscow State University in 1996, later worked in the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Far Eastern Studies, «Vedomosti» business newspaper, in the Russian Information Agency «RIA Novosti» as deputy chief of Beijing office and as a senior research fellow in CAST, a Moscow-based defense industry consultancy. Currently Dr. Kashin works as well for the Higher School of Economics and as an adjunct research lead at Center for Comprehensive Chinese Studies and Regional Projects (MGIMO University). He also continues his work in the Far Eastern Studies Institute North-East Asia Center as a contract researcher. Dr. Kashin published a monographic research, analytical reports and essays in Russia, USA, Singapore, Sweden, and Philippines.


Anna Kireeva

Anna Kireeva

Ph.D. (Cand.Polit.Sc.) in International Relations


Centre for Comprehensive Chinese Studies and Regional Projects

Professor Alexei Voskressenski, PhD


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