Russian Foreign Policy: Interests, Vectors, and Sectors

Russian Foreign Policy: Interests, Vectors, and Sectors

By: Nikolas K. Gvosdev (author), Christopher Marsh (author)Paperback

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In a truly contemporary analysis of Moscow's relations with its neighbours and other strategic international actors, Gvosdev and Marsh use a comprehensive vectors approach, dividing the world into eight geographic zones. Each vector chapter looks at the dynamics of key bilateral relationships while highlighting major topical issues-oil and energy, defence policy, economic policy, the role of international institutions, and the impact of major interest groups or influencers-demonstrating that Russia formulates multiple, sometimes contrasting, foreign policies. Providing rich historical context as well as exposure to the scholarly literature, the authors offer an incisive look at how and why Russia partners with some states while it counter-balances others.

About Author

Nikolas K. Gvosdev (PhD, St. Antony's College, Oxford University) is professor of national security studies at the U.S. Naval War College, a senior editor at The National Interest, and a frequent commentator on U.S. foreign policy and international relations, Russian and Eurasian affairs, developments in the Middle East, and the role of religion in politics. The co-author of The Receding Shadow of the Prophet: The Rise and Fall of Political Islam, Gvosdev has published over 50 articles, columns, and essays on democratization and human rights; general foreign policy; energy policy; foreign policy of Russia and the Eurasian states; U.S. foreign policy and the Middle East; politics and culture of the Eurasian states; and religion and politics. His work has appeared in Foreign Affairs, The Financial Times, The Los Angeles Times, National Review, Religion State and Society, The National Interest, Orbis, The Washington Quarterly, Problems of Post-Communism, and World Policy Journal. Christopher Marsh is a professor at the School of Advanced Military Studies, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth. Previously he taught international terrorism and irregular warfare at the US Air Force Special Operations School, Hurlburt Field, and was a professor of political science at Baylor University for 12 years. He is the author of several books on Russian affairs and comparative Russian-Chinese politics, including Unparalleled Reforms (2006) and Religion and the State in Russia and China (2011). His current research focuses on Russian foreign and defense policy, particularly military cooperation between Russia and China, and religion and war.


List of Tables, Figures, and Map Principal Vectors in Russian Foreign Policy Preface Acknowledgments About the Editors Introduction The Challenges Facing Russia 1. The Historical Legacy for Contemporary Russian Foreign Policy The Soviet Legacy 2. Vectors and Sectors: The Russian Foreign Policy Mechanism The Constitutional Structure: President and Prime Minister Searching for a Role: The Legislature The Position of the Foreign Ministry: One Actor Among Many The Regional Governments The State Companies and Private Business The Nongovernmental Organizations Russian National Security Decision Making The Principal Vectors 3. The United States: The Main Enemy or Strategic Partner? Legacy of the Cold War Gorbachev: The Search for Condominium The Yeltsin Era and "Tainted Transactions" Putin-Bush and Obama-Medvedev: Soul Connections? Some Enduring Obstacles Institutionalizing the Relationship The Balance Sheet 4. The Bear and the Dragon: China and the East Asia Vector Triangular Relations: Opportunities and Challenges The Dragon Turns to the Bear The Bear Embraces the Dragon The Bear Arms the Dragon An Emerging Strategic Alliance? Mending Fences: Russia-Japan Relations Korea: Unparalleled Relations Vietnam: Moscow's Toehold in Southeast Asia Setting Its Eyes on Asia 5. The Eurasian Space The Disintegration of the Soviet Union The Eurasian Vision Breaking Up Is Hard To Do The Frozen Conflicts The Georgia-Russia War and Its Aftermath The Ties That Bind Securing Eurasia A Eurasian Convergence Zone? The Eurasian Union: USSR Lite? Euraskepticism Putin's Eurasian Dream 6. Eastern Europe: Comrades no More The Second World War and the Creation of the Soviet Bloc 1989-1999: The Attempt to Preserve Eastern Europe The Baltics and Beyond: NATO's Reach East Baltic [In]Security From Tragedy to Reconciliation? Developments in Russia-Poland Relations Russian Impotence in the Balkans Moscow's "Ruble Diplomacy" and Russia's Return to Eastern Europe 7. Europe: Russia's "Traditional Orientation" Russia and the European Union Since the Soviet Collapse The Russo-German Relationship The Russian Relationship with France The Overlooked Partnership: Italy and Russia The Bulldog and the Bear: Russia and Great Britain Other Relationships The Arctic Dimension Concluding Thoughts 8. The Near-Eastern Vector Russia-Turkey: The Unexpected Partnership Israel: "Practically a Russian-Speaking Country"? Russia-Saudi Arabia: The Start of a Rapprochement? Traditional Arab Partners Moscow's Traditional Ally Syria The Transformation of Russian-Iranian Relations Overall Conclusion 9. Call Across the Himalayas: The South Asia Vector The Immediate Post-Soviet Policy The Failed Rapprochement with Pakistan? The Model Partnership: India The Russia-India-China Troika Drivers of the Indo-Russian Entente 10. Africa and Latin America: The Southern Vector The Return to Africa Latin America Beckons Building the BRICS 11. Epilogue Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781452234847
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 456
  • ID: 9781452234847
  • weight: 590
  • ISBN10: 1452234841

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