1st Edition

Russia as a Great Power Dimensions of Security Under Putin

    384 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    384 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    After a period of relative weakness and isolation during most of the 1990s, Russia is again appearing as a major security player in world politics. This book provides a comprehensive assessment of Russia's current security situation, addressing such questions as:

    • What kind of player is Russia in the field of security?
    • What is the essence of its security policy?
    • What are the sources, capabilities and priorities of its security policy?
    • What are the prospects for the future?

    One important conclusion to emerge is that, while Russian foreign policy under Putin has become more pragmatic and responsive to both problems and opportunities, the growing lack of checks and balances in domestic politics makes political integration with the West difficult and gives the president great freedom in applying Russia's growing power abroad.

    Chapter 01 Introduction; Part 1 Dimensions of external security; Chapter 02 Russia as a great power, Iver B. Neumann; Chapter 03 Foreign policy priorities under Putin, Ingmar Oldberg; Chapter 04 Russia and NATO, Jakub M. Godzimirski; Chapter 05 The logic of foreign and security policy change in Russia, Mette Skak; Part 02 Dimensions of regional security; Chapter 06 What prospects for Russia in the Baltic Sea region?, Vilhelm Konnander; Chapter 07 Filling ‘the gap’, Jakob Hedenskog; Chapter 08 Russia’s relations with Georgia under Putin, Bertil Nygren; Chapter 09 Understanding Russia’s foreign policy change, Lena Jonson; Part 03 Internal dimensions of security; Chapter 10 Putin, the army and military reform, Isabelle Facon; Chapter 11 Russian economic security in a medium-term perspective, Roland Götz; Chapter 12 Forming a new security identity in modern Russia, Nikita Lomagin; Chapter 13 Nuclear safety and environmental risks of north-west Russia, Christer Pursiainen; Part 04 Terrorism; Chapter 14 Russia’s approach to the fight against terrorism, Ekaterina Stepanova; Chapter 15 Counter-terrorism as a building block for Putin’s regime, Pavel K. Baev; Chapter 16 Conclusions and perspectives;


    Jakob Hedenskog, researcher at the Swedish Defence Research Agency, has published extensively on Russia and the CIS, including The Ukrainian Dilemma: Relations with Russia and the West in the Context of the 2004 Presidential elections.

    Vilhelm Konnander coordinated and edited the present volume for the NNSS. He currently works with Sodertorn University College, Sweden and his main interest are in Russian and Baltic Sea affairs.

    Bertil Nygren, associate professor in political science at Stockholm University has published extensively on Russian domestic and foreign policy, including Putin I and Putin II: Results of the First Term and Prospects for the Second.

    Ingmar Oldberg, deputy director of research at the Swedish Defence Research Agency, has published extensively on Russian foreign, regional and military affairs, including Reluctant Rapprochement: Russia and the Baltic States in the Context of NATO and EU Enlargements.

    Christer Pursiainen, Senior Research Fellow at the Nordic Centre for Spatial Development in Stockholm is associate professor of international relations at the University of Helsinki.