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Russian Foreign Policy

Russian Foreign Policy
Interests, Vectors, and Sectors

September 2013 | 456 pages | CQ Press
In a truly contemporary analysis of Moscow's relations with its neighbors 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, defense 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.

List of Tables, Figures, and Map
Principal Vectors in Russian Foreign Policy
About the Editors
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?  
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

This is strongly recommended for Russian Foregin Policy

Dr Aybak Tunc
Intenational Politics, Middlesex University
March 26, 2015
Key features


  • Unlike other books that merely update Soviet-era approaches, this work balances in-depth historical background with contemporary analysis of Russia’s relationships within each vector or world zone.
  • Comprehensive regional coverage explores all the countries that have relations with Russia.
  • Vector chapters on East Asia and the Middle East offer students up-to-date coverage of these important geopolitical regions.
  • An overview chapter on process provides important context on the political institutions as well as non-government entities that influence Russia’s foreign policy decision-making.

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