This course, taught by Dr. David Oualaalou, provides an understanding of Russia’s geopolitical strategic interests, particularly those outlined in his new book, The Dynamics of Russia’s Geopolitics (Released in January 2021). Three questions will be addressed: (1) Will current geopolitical shifts greatly benefit Russia’s long-term global objectives? (2) What foreign policy will Russia pursue in the Middle East and the Baltic regions? And (3) will major powers confront one another over resources that could trigger military conflict in the 21st century? Western adversaries who thought that post-Cold War era Russia would become a functioning democracy have profoundly misjudged. This course offers a vision of Russia’s future, as Moscow tries to influence the outcome in its favor.