Russian Foreign Policy: The Return of Great Power Politics

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2011 - Political Science - 345 pages
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Now thoroughly updated, this widely praised book provides a thoughtful and balanced examination of the development of Russian foreign policy since the end of the Cold War. This edition also places developments of the past two decades into the broader sweep of Russian history. Jeffrey Mankoff argues that Russia's more assertive behavior since Vladimir Putin became president in 2000 has resulted from both a deep-seated consensus among its elite about Russia's identity and interests as well as a favorable convergence of events--including the persistence of high energy prices and the check on U.S. power resulting from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Because these factors are the result of long-term trends, the author argues that there is little reason to expect that the election of Dmitry Medvedev will fundamentally alter Russian foreign policy behavior. Presenting an evenhanded treatment of controversial issues, Mankoff analyzes Russia's interactions with major global actors, including the United States, the European Union, the Commonwealth of Independent States, and China. Despite Moscow's often-harsh rhetoric and the deployment of Russian forces against Georgia in 2008, the author convincingly demonstrates that there is little reason to fear a return to a Cold War-like standoff with the West. Instead, he argues, today's Russia is more interested in restoring what its leaders consider to be its rightful place among the world's major powers rather than in directly challenging the West. Thoroughly researched and knowledgeable, this book will be invaluable for all readers interested in Russia.
 

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Mankoff (international security studies, Yale) makes a solid case that since the mid-1990s Russia has been verbally aggressive in proclaiming its own interests despite Western opposition. Russia's ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1Contours of Russian Foreign Policy
11
Chapter 2Bulldogs Fighting under the Rug
53
Chapter 3Resetting Expectations
89
Chapter 4Europe
133
Chapter 5Rising China and Russias Asian Vector
177
Chapter 6Playing with Home Field Advantage?
219
ConclusionDealing with Russias Foreign Policy Reawakening
263
Notes
281
Index
331
About the Author
345
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Jeffrey Mankoff is Fellow and Deputy Director of the Russia & Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He was a 2010-11 Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow at the U.S. Department of State.

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