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The international dimensions of authoritarian regime survival: comparing “dictaplomatic” strategies in post-Soviet Eurasia

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Project "DICTAPLOMACY" data sheet

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Organization address
address: PLAC DEFILAD 1-12 P
postcode: 00 901

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 Coordinator Country Poland [PL]
 Project website
 Total cost 146˙462 €
 EC max contribution 146˙462 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-09-15   to  2018-10-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    COLLEGIUM CIVITAS PL (WARSZAWA) coordinator 146˙462.00


 Project objective

DICTAPLOMACY investigates an understudied dimension of authoritarianism – the use autocrats make of diplomacy as a tool of regime-survival. The project analyses and compares the foreign policy strategies and “dictaplomatic” tactics of four ideal-typical authoritarian regimes in post-Soviet Eurasia, with the aim of modelling the mechanisms whereby diplomacy serves them for external regime-legitimation and authoritarian consolidation. DICTAPLOMACY is a multidisciplinary project that combines insights and methods from comparative politics, international relations (IR) theories and foreign policy-making analysis. It elaborates an innovative framework for analysing rogue behaviour in contemporary IR. It departs from the idea that the EU’s democracy-promotion efforts in Eastern Europe require a better understanding of the foreign policy manoeuvres of post-Soviet authoritarian regimes. In identifying the international components of authoritarian resilience, DICTAPLOMACY also highlights which incentives and coercive means could limit the resilience and contain the diffusion of authoritarian governance. This is a timely endeavour, given the growing assertiveness of Russia in world affairs, and the emerging “nuisance” capacity of many of its undemocratic neighbours (Belarus, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan notably) in regional affairs. Building on the researcher’s expertise in post-Soviet transition and the geopolitics of Eurasia, as well as on the leading academic experience of the host institution in diplomatic studies, the Individual Fellowship will provide the experienced researcher with a chance to acquire new skills, thus reinforcing her maturity as an IR scholar, as well as the host institution’s own visibility in the European Research Area. DICTAPLOMACY is a policy-relevant project with a strong potential to entail cross-disciplinary fertilisation between scientific research and policy-advocacy work as well, thanks to the researcher’s planned secondment in a think tank.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Anaïs Marin
Azerbaijan: Drifts and Shifts
published pages: , ISSN: 2315-1129, DOI: 10.2815/583335
ISSUE Alert 7 2019-06-17
2016 Anais Marin
Does State Violence Translate into a More Bellicose Foreign Behavior? Domestic Predictors of International Conflict‐Propensity in Post‐Soviet Eurasia
published pages: 11, ISSN: 2364-5334, DOI: 10.24216/97723645330050202_02
Journal of Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society 2/2 2019-06-17
2016 Anaïs Marin
Belarus: time for a \'principled\' re-engagement
published pages: 4, ISSN: 2315-1110, DOI: 10.2815/118232
ISSUE Brief 6 (February) 2019-06-17
2017 Anaïs Marin
Le Bélarus dans L’Union Eurasiatique
published pages: 303, ISSN: 0338-0599, DOI: 10.3917/receo.483.0303
Revue d’études comparatives Est-Ouest 48/3 2019-05-04
2019 Anaïs Marin
Les zombies sortent de l’ombre : comment la Russie manipule l’observation électorale internationale [Zombies come out of the shadows: how Russia manipulates international electoral observation]
published pages: in press, ISSN: , DOI:
La démocratie à l’épreuve de l’autoritarisme, eds. Pascal Bonnard, Dorota Dakowska & Boris Gobille 2019-05-04

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