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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
 
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

This is strongly recommended for Russian Foregin Policy

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

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.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1


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