RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
INSTITUTE OF EUROPE
11-3 "B", Mokhovaya street, 125993, Moscow, Russia 
Tel.: (495) 692-21-02, Fax: (495) 629-92-96.
E-mail: alexey@gromyko.ru

British studies in Russia traditionally constitute a prominent sphere of political science. The contemporary history of relations between Russia and Britain is exemplary for close interaction on a wide range of issues. The recent past illustrates this as well. For instance, in the 1980s, the ideas and practice of Thatcherism substantially influenced the Russian political thought. However, by the middle of the 1990s, the intensity of British studies in Russia decreased significantly, reflecting the general malaise of academic activities immediately after the break-up of the Soviet Union. The number of academic research papers, dedicated to Britain, dropped sharply. 

The situation began to change in the aftermath of general elections in Britain in 1997 and presidential elections in Russia in 2000. Tony Blair, similar to Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s, took initiative among Western leaders in building relations with the new Russian leadership. President Putin reciprocated alike. The contacts between the two countries became more active. There has been a revival of interest in Britain in the scientific community of Russia. 

In these circumstances the Centre for British Studies of the Institute of Europe undertakes a research work along the following lines: 

bulletthe contemporary social-economic development of Britain from the Russian perspective;
bulletevolution of the British political system in the context of the world political processes;
bulletRussian and British regional studies, common features and differences;
bulletBritain in the system of international relations, global economic patterns and the bilateral relations with Russia;
bulleta role of New Labour and Third Way concepts for Centre-Left in Russia.

The Centre for British Studies cooperate with researchers of contemporary Russia and Britain from both countries, schedule round tables, conferences, etc., dedicated to major topics in Russian-British relations. 

The Head of the Centre - Alexey A. Gromyko.