The end of the Soviet Union precipitated a reassessment of Russia's foreign policy in many parts of the world, particularly the Middle East. This text looks at how a once cherished commitment to ideological goals and superpower rivalry with the United States was replaced, after 1991, with a pragmatic foreign policy based on national interest, epitomized by the appointment of Yevgeni Primakov as foreign minister. The book examines Gorbachev's "new thinking"; the foreign policy debates under President Yeltsin; and the warning of Russian influence over the Palestinians and its consequent exclusion from the secret Oslo records. Case studies of Russi'a relations with Israel, Syria, Lebannon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Turkey and Iran provide the reader with a detailed analysis of the region's wider diplomatic and strategic concerns.
TALAL NIZAMEDDIN has been studying and researching Russia and the Middle East for twenty years. His first book, Russia and the Middle East: Towards a New Foreign Policy, spanned the Yeltsin era and was published in 1999. He has worked and taught in the US, Europe and the Middle East to enrich his research interests in Russian foreign policy. He was formerly Lecturer in International Relations at Haigazian University, Beirut.
The making of a national foreign policy; the Soviet Union and the Middle East, 1945-85; Gorbachev's new thinking; problems, debates, ideas - forming a foreign policy under Yeltsin; Russian-israel relations; Russian and Israel's neighbours; Saudi arabia and Iraq -Russia between old friends and new allies; Russia, Turkey and Iran - a regional power game.