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Sebastian Hoppe

Sebastian Hoppe


Garystr. 55
Room 224
14195 Berlin

Office hours

Office hours by prior appointment via e-mail

since 10/2018: Research Fellow at Freie Universität Berlin, Institute for East European Studies, Politics Department

since 3/2018: PhD Candidate at Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Institute of Political Science, Department of International Relations

9-11/2018: Visiting PhD Research Fellow at the University of Sussex (GB), Department of International Relations and Centre for Advanced International Theory (CAIT)

7/2016-9/2018: Research Fellow at the Universität Leipzig, Institute of Political Science, International Relations Department

2/2016-4/2016: Internship at the Moscow Office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation

8/2015-2/2016: Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), Moscow (RU)

10/2013-6/2016: MA Political Science, Universität Leipzig

10/2010-9/2013: BA History, Political Science, Educational Science, Universität Leipzig

Research Interests

-          Political Economy of Russia

-          Regional Development in Russia

-          History and Politics of the Russian Far East and Russia in the Asia-Pacific Region

-          Sino-Russian Relations

-          Political Mobilizations in the Post-Soviet Space

-          Historical Sociology of International Politics

-          Historical-Critical Theories of Foreign Policy

-          Theories of Rent

PhD project (2018-2023): The Politics of Regional Development. State, Patronalism, and Political Economy in the Russian Far East (2007-2022)

The project explores the implementation of infrastructural, economic, and military-industrial projects in the Russian Far East from 2007 to 2022. It reconstructs the various patronal networks through which the Russian state has tried to realize its ambitious regional development agenda for its Far Eastern regions. Drawing on insights and concepts from Comparative Politics, Elite Sociology, the Political Economy of rent, and International Relations, as well as field work in Moscow and the Far East, it provides an empirical account on why Russia has managed to implement certain projects yet failed in its broader attempt to uplift the Russian Far East both socioeconomically and politically.


Journal Articles (peer-review)

“Rentierism as Order: On Capitalist Breakthroughs and the Making of Non-Transformative Development in Late Putinism.” Europe-Asia Studies 75 (2023, forthcoming).

“Kategoriale Dissonanzen: Russlands regressiver Weg in den Krieg und die Historische Soziologie imperialistischer Außenpolitiken.” Zeitschrift für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung, no. 2 (2022, im Erscheinen).

“Sovereigntism vs. Anti-Corruption Messianism: A Salient Post-Soviet Cleavage of Populist Mobilisation.” Post-Soviet Affairs 38, no. 4 (2021): 251–73.

“Internationale Historische Soziologie und Historische Sozialwissenschaft in den deutschen und anglo-amerikanischen IB: Zur Relevanz einer Paralleldebatte für die Außenpolitikforschung.” Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen 28, no. 1 (2021): 35–67.

Articles & Analyses

“Russlands Wende nach Osten: Kleine Schritte statt umfassende Neuorientierung.” Zeitschrift für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik 13, no. 3 (2020): 247–58. (mit Vera Rogova)

“Chinas Reaktion Auf Russlands Krieg Gegen Die Ukraine: Strategische Zurückhaltung Mit Moskauer Schlagseite.” Zeitschrift für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik, no. 4 (2022).

Contributions to Edited Volumes

“Breakthroughs and Breakdowns in the hinterland: Historical Cycles of 'Special Economic Zones' and Concessions in the Russian Far East.” In The Russian Far East: Regional and Transnational Perspectives, 19th-21st Cent., 2023, forthcoming.

“Lobbyismus in Russland.” In Handbuch Lobbyismus. Edited by Andreas Polk and Karsten Mause. Wiesbaden: Springer, 2022. (mit Alexander Libman)

“The Patronal Politics of Regional Development Projects: Exploring Russia's Far Eastern Rent Management.” In Extractivism and the Seduction of Rent: Global Configurations and Comparisons. Edited by Hannes Warnecke-Berger and Jan Ickler. New York: Routledge, 2022, forthcoming.

Online Articles

Hoppe, Sebastian (2020): Russia's Far East in the shadow of the Asian pivot. In: Riddle, 21.04.2020. https://www.ridl.io/en/russia-s-far-east-in-the-shadow-of-the-asian-pivot/.

russ.: Хоппе, Себастьян (2020): Что российский «поворот на Восток» значит для ДВ. In: Riddle, 21.04.2020. https://www.ridl.io/ru/chto-rossijskij-povorot-na-vostok-znachit-dlja-dv/.

Reviews and Conference Reports

“Trenin, D. (2016). Should We Fear Russia? Cambridge, UK: Polity Press. 144 S., ISBN: 978-1-509-51091-7, Ca. € 14,90. Trenin, D. (2018). What Is Russia up to in the Middle East? Cambridge, UK: Polity Press. 144 S., ISBN: 978-1-509-52230-9, Ca. € 11,69.” Zeitschrift für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik, no. 11 (2018): 403–5.

“Book Review: Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists by Hartmut Elsenhans and Hartmut Elsenhans and a Critique of Capitalism by Neil Wilcock and Corina Scholz.” Indian Journal of Asian Affairs 29, 1-2 (2016): 115–18.

“Konferenzbericht: The First World War and the Balkans – Historic Event, Experience and Memory.” Südosteuropa-Mitteilungen, 05-06 (2014): 145–49.