The Moscow Higher School of Economics (HSE) has recently established a new institute on military strategy, the Institute of Military World Economics and Strategies. This institute was created by Sergei Karaganov, a political scientist and advisor to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has been known for his ideas about defending ethnic Russians in surrounding countries.
The Institute of Military World Economics and Strategies will be led by Admiral Sergei Avakyants, a former commander of the Pacific Fleet who believes that Russia is at odds with the West. The institute will focus on political and economic issues, with a particular emphasis on the foreign military industry. Additionally, it will study deterrence strategies and the role of nuclear weapons in these strategies.
The institute will draw on faculty from the HSE as well as researchers from various military academies, such as the Russian General Staff Academy. The British Ministry of Defense’s Intelligence service has raised concerns about this closer collaboration between academia and the defense sector, stating that it is likely to contribute to the militarization of higher education in Russia.