Väitöskirja: New Road, New Life, New Russia: International transport corridors at the conjunction of geography and politics in Russia (Katri Pynnöniemi)
New Road, New Life, New Russia: International transport corridors at the conjunction of geography and politics in Russia
Notwithstanding the general proclivity for incompleteness, contingency and abruption in Russian politics, this research is about the rebuilding of the Russian polity after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the futures that are inscribed in the way the building process unfolds. The reasoning of the Russian policy on ‘pan-European transport corridors’ is one instance at which this rebuilding is actualized. The ‘pan-European transport corridor’ concept was introduced in the mid-1990s as the embodiment of an idea for an “all-European transport policy”. This study asks what kind of semantic ‘currency’ is the concept of the ‘pan-European transport corridor’ and for what purposes is it employed in the context of Russian politics?