Eleonora Ducci


Ciclo: XXXV - Titolo progetto: After the Cold War: The Russian Federation and the United States to the Test of Cooperation (1991-1996)

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  • Education

    October 2016 – March 2019

    Master of Arts in International Studies, Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Department of Political Science, with a final dissertation in International Relations After the End of the Cold War titled “From the Reset to the Crimean Crisis: the Russian Foreign Policy of the Obama Administration”, supervised by Prof. Leopoldo Nuti and Prof. Marilena Gala


    Scholarship for two months of research at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of Cold War Studies, supervised by Prof. Vladislav Zubok


    Scholarship for a semester of study at the Moscow State University, Department of History

    October 2012 – September 2016

    Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistic and Intercultural Mediation, Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”, Department of European, American and Intercultural Studies, with a final dissertation in History of International Relations titled “Russian Foreign Policy and Poland: Tsars’ Strategies in Comparison”, supervised by Prof. Antonello Battaglia

    After the Cold War: The Russian Federation and the United States to the Test of Cooperation (1991-1996)


    The ultimate aim of this research project is to understand why – when both the political and academic communities believed that a stable partnership could be formed – the Russian Federation and the United States failed to achieve a better relationship at the end of the Cold War.

    The research proposal fits within the area of study covered by the Ph.D. in Global History and Governance of the Scuola Superiore Meridionale, and it will analyze the events that took place between 1991 and 1996, dwelling particularly on 1992 – the year when problems started to arise by reason of the disillusionment of the Russian population with the “Westernization” preached by the liberal Minister of Foreign Affairs, Andrei Kozyrev, and Prime Minister, Yegor Gaidar, – on 1993 – the year of the Russian Parliamentary crisis – and on 1996 – the year of the complex re-election of Yeltsin – the turning points in the relations. Clinton often showed solidarity with Yeltsin, supporting him in 1993, and justifying the invasion of Chechnya in 1994, but slowly it became increasingly evident that the Russian leader was growing anti-democratic tendency. On the complex relationship between Russia and the United States, historiography has been divided into two main schools of thought. The first, which sees a West that has done “too much”, in which there are scholars like Stephen Cohen; and the second, a West that has done “too little”, in which there are scholars like Michael McFaul and James Goldgeier. The research intends to use both qualitative-theoretical and historical-empirical methodologies, based on a process of finding a large amount of information and data to be compared with each other. In fact, the research intends to make use of different types of sources from both the United States and Russia: from the diplomatic document, to the local and international press, normative acts, public speeches, telephone protocols, treaties, audio-visual journalistic material; as well as memorials, notes and personal papers deposited respectively in the Yeltsin Center and in the Clinton Presidential Library.