Accepted Paper:

Past animosities and present skepticisms in Russia's current international development assistance program  

Author:

Patty Gray (Maynooth University)

Paper short abstract:

This paper seeks to link Russia’s Soviet-era aid with its current donor persona across the artificial gulf of the immediate post-Soviet era, exploring ways that Russia’s Cold War-era experience with foreign aid influences its post-Soviet international development assistance program.

Paper long abstract:

Russia's recent phase as a recipient of post-Cold-War aid has led to rapid (perhaps willful) amnesia by outside observers regarding its past involvement as a foreign aid donor. Although Russia has been actively developing its overseas aid program since the early 2000s, many remain skeptical, if not ignorant, of Russia's capacities as an aid donor, and Russia is often cast as a newly 'emerging' donor. On the other hand, a coherent vision of its overseas aid program has yet to become evident in Russia. To what extent does Russia's Cold War-era experience with foreign aid influence its post-Soviet international development assistance program? This paper seeks to link Russia's Soviet-era aid with its current donor persona across the artificial gulf of the immediate post-Soviet era.

Panel P082
The changing landscape of the global political economy and foreign aid: has the Cold War ended? (Anthropology of International Governance Network)