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1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Russian Security

ISBN 9780815396710
Published January 27, 2019 by Routledge
448 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Russian Security offers a comprehensive collection of essays on all aspects of Russian security and foreign policy by international scholars from across the world.

The volume identifies key contemporary topics of research and debate and takes into account the changes that have occurred in the study of Russian security strategy since the end of the Cold War. The handbook is organised into five sections:

  • The theory and nature of Russian security policy
  • The domestic and foreign policy nexus
  • Instruments used by Russia in pursuing its security
  • Global and regional aspects of Russian security and foreign policy
  • Case studies of Russian involvement in a series of security conflicts.

The book concludes with case studies of the major examples of Russian involvement and operations in a series of security conflicts, including that in Georgia, the intervention in Ukraine and occupation of Crimea, and the ongoing Civil War in Syria.

This volume will be of great interest to students of Russian security, strategic studies, foreign policy, European politics, and International Relations in general.

Table of Contents

Preface: Russian Security Policy Roger E. Kanet

Part I: The History and Nature of Russian Security Strategy

Introduction Roger E. Kanet

1. Russia's Pursuit of Great Power Status and Security Anne Clunan

2. The Soviet Legacy in Russian Security Policy Mark Kramer

3. Putin's Operational Code and Strategic Decision Making in Russia Graeme Herd

4. Military might as a basis for Russian Great Power Identity Hanna Smith

5. The Russian Challenge to Liberal World Order Suzanne Loftus and Roger E. Kanet

Part II: Domestic Politics, Threat Perception and Russian Security Strategy

Introduction Roger E. Kanet

6. Domestic and Foreign Policy Nexus: Domestic Politics, Threat Perception and Russian Security Strategy Stefan Meister

7. Understanding Russia’s Security Strategy in a Context of Power Tom Casier

8. Russia’s Economy and Military Expenditures Susanne Oxenstierna

9. Russian Strategic culture: the generational approach and the counterintelligence state thesis Mette Skak

10. The Russian Security Council and Security Decision Making Edwin Bacon

Part III: Instruments of Russian Security Strategy 

Introduction Roger E. Kanet

11. Coercive diplomacy in Russian security Strategy Stanislav Tkachenko

12. The Rebuilding of Russia’s Military Capabilities Jennifer Mathers

13. Reflections on Russian Nuclear Strategy Stephen Blank

14. The Economic tools of Russian security Strategy Nikita Lomagin

15. Russian Security Strategy and the Geopolitics of Energy in Eurasia Mikhail Molchanov

16. The Intelligence Agencies and Putin: Undermining Russia’s Security Strategy? Kimberly Marten

17. Russian Information Security and Warfare Strategy Carolina Vendil-Pallin

18. Information-Psychological warfare in Russian Security Strategy Katri Pynnöniemi

19. Outer Space in Russian Security Strategy Nicole Jackson

Part IV: Global and Regional Aspects of Russian Security Strategy

Introduction Roger E. Kanet

20. Russian Security Policy toward the United States Kathryn E. Stoner and Michael McFaul

21. NATO Expansion: A Security Dilemma for Russia? Alberto Priego

22. Russia’s Regional and Global Counterterrorism Strategies: How Moscow’s Vision of the New Global Order Affects Its Approach to Terrorism Mariya Omelicheva

23. Security Challenges in Russia-European Union Relations Licínia Simão and Maria Raquel Freire

24. Russian Security Strategy and the Geopolitics of Eurasian Security John Berryman

25. The Impacts of Climate Change on Russian Arctic Security Stacy Closson

26. Caucasian Chess, or The Greatest Geopolitical Tragedy of the 20th Century Lilia Arakelyan

27. Russian Security Strategy in Central Asia Graeme Gill and Yelena Zabortseva

28. The Bear and the Dragon: Russian-Chinese Security Cooperation Marcel de Haas

29. Changing the Narrative: BRICS in Russian Foreign and Security Policy Rachel Salzman

Part V: Case Studies of Russian Security Strategy

Introduction Roger E. Kanet

30. Instrumentalising the Frozen Conflicts of the Greater Black Sea Region Thomas Ambrosio

31. Russian Security Strategy in the Balkans Nadia Boyadjieva

32. The August 2008 Russia-Georgia War Bertil Nygren

33. Russia’s ‘Hybrid’ Aggression against Ukraine Yury Fedorov

34. Russia, the Middle East and the onflict in Syria Derek Averre

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Roger E. Kanet is Professor of Political Science at the University of Miami, USA. His recent publications include The Russian Challenge to the European Security Environment (2017); with M. Sussex, Power, Politics and Confrontation in Eurasia: Foreign Policy in a Contested Region (2015); with M.R. Freire, Russia and European Security (2012); and Resurgent Russia and the West: The European Union, NATO and Beyond (2009).


"The range of issues, the depth of their treatment, and the collection of authors-top scholars in the field makes the Routledge Handbook of Russian Security a must read for all those seeking to understand Russia’s perspective on global security."-- Andrei P. Tsygankov, San Francisco State University, USA

"One of the doyens of Russia studies has pulled together a star-studded line up of outstanding writers who together have produced a truly impressive volume on Russian security policy. The term 'definitive' is sometimes used too liberally to describe only good books. But this is a truly outstanding work of scholarship to which the word 'definitive' can be attached without any hesitation at all."-- Michael Cox, London School Of Economics, UK 

"Roger Kanet, a respected authority on the Soviet Union and post-communist Russia, has once again created an ensemble of top-flight scholars to explore many different aspects of Russian foreign policy. The essays in this superb book are both uniformly excellent and timely, and Kanet’s introductions to each of its segments are invaluable in providing background and context."-- M. Rajan Menon, City College of New York / City University of New York, USA