Russia is back. After two decades of, albeit checkered, attempts at rapprochement between the West and Russia, the Russian leadership has opted for a more confrontational and forceful foreign and security policy. Along Europe’s periphery, Russia is asserting itself aggressively and Europe once again faces war within its borders. Russia is a factor to be reckoned with, even for the Netherlands, on areas of cyber security, trade, and political influence. But, over the last few decades Western decision-makers have struggled to draw on a deep epistemic body of knowledge on Russia and it’s international thinking, RuBase attempts to rectify this.
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To elicit deeper knowledge and understanding about this topic a variety of new methods are introduced including open-source text- and data-sets and -mining tools explored through both human analysis and (supervised and unsupervised) machine-learning algorithms. This should generate a new visual and interactive knowledge base on Russia. The RuBase will serve as a platform for Russian experts in the field to explore new collaborative ways of cumulative knowledge building on this topic that is only gaining in policy relevance.
What is RuBase?
This multi-year project sets out to explore new text- and number-based datasets, -tools and methods, using a corpus systematically compiled through relevant search queries, combined with different additional data sets like elite opinion surveys, event data sets (GDELT, ICEWS, Phoenix, TERRIER), economic, demographic, military, political datasets, to improve our knowledge about Russia’s multi-domain coercion/international behaviour more broadly. It will yield a new knowledge base on Russia (RuBase) that will be highly visual and interactive.