Aziz Elmuradov - Doctoral Researcher

Aziz Elmuradov

Doctoral project:
Competing Narratives of Europe in Russian Foreign Policy: In Search of Identity or Policy?


since 10/2017 Doctoral Researcher in the Research Training Group "World Politics", Bielefeld University
2015 - 2017 Research Associate, Department of International Relations and European Integration, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Stuttgart
04/2014 - 07/2014 Internship, Centre for OSCE Research at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, University of Hamburg
2013 - 2014 M.A. Peace and Security Studies, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, University of Hamburg
02/2012 - 05/2012 Internship, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan
2007 - 2012 B.A. International Relations, University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

The Russian discourse on the EU in recent years has been marked by its strong dynamism and multiplicity of perspectives and trajectories that come into light in view of Russia's re-evaluation of its own 'weight' and that of the EU. While the EU has remained a point of reference across various contexts, new ways have emerged in which the Russian policymakers problematize and frame the EU in their discursive practices. On the one hand, in line with 'popular' perceptions and speculations that Russia is rather up 'to sow discord in the EU', different images of 'declining Europe' are recalled in attempts to interpret the course of Russia's present relations with the European Union. On the other hand, contrary to common expectations, these very discourses also seem to indicate that Russia portrays and self-identifies with a strong EU. Using discourse analysis and the concept of Other, this research project seeks to trace Russia's changing images of the EU and provide insights into how Russian foreign policy debates draw upon multiple images of the EU while trying to transform them into their self-image.


New Doctoral Researcher Joined the RTG

On 01 March, Karlson Preuss took up his position in the Research Training Group. In his doctoral dissertation, he focuses on "The Unwritten Constitution as an Intersection between Global Law and World Politics".

A Touch of World Politics in Bad Salzuflen

The RTG participated in the Annual Retreat of the Institute for World Society Studies on 14 and 15 December 2017 in Bad Salzuflen. More.

Guest lecture by George Lawson (LSE) on 28 November

We would like to invite you to the Guest lecture "Global Historical Sociology" by Dr. George Lawson (LSE) on Tuesday, 28 November at 18:15 in room no. X C3-107.

RTG "World Politics" officially launched

Ten international young scientists and eleven principal investigators will investigate the emergence of world politics as a specific type of politics from an interdisciplinary perspective. More.

Official Opening of the RTG on 24 October

We would like to invite you to the Official Opening of the RTG and the guest lecture "'Lies are the Law of the World!' News and Global Media Networks in the Twentieth Century" by Prof. Dr. Heidi Tworek (University of British Columbia, Vancouver) on Tuesday, 24 October at 18:15 in room no. X C3-107.

The RTG "World Politics" started on 01 October

On 01 October 2017, the Research Training Group "World politics: The emergence of political arenas and modes of observation in world society" started. Nine doctoral researchers and one post-doctoral researcher took up their positions.

The RTG is approved

We are pleased to announce that the DFG has approved our Research Training Group application. The new Research Training Group `World politics: The emergence of political arenas and modes of observation in world society´ will start 01 October 2017.