Russian Foreign Policy under Dmitry Medvedev, 2008-2012: 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Russian Foreign Policy under Dmitry Medvedev, 2008-2012

1st Edition

By Valerie Pacer


262 pages

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Although the presidency of Dmitry Medvedev is often seen as a continuation of Vladimir Putin’s presidency, with the same policies applied in the same way, this book disagrees, arguing that Medvedev’s foreign policy was significantly different from Putin’s. The book considers especially the relationship between Russia and the Euro-Atlantic security configuration, including both NATO and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, a relationship of great importance to Russia, given constant attention. It discusses a wide variety of issues, including "frozen conflicts", security co-operation and nuclear weapons reductions, highlights the different tone and approach under Medvedev, exemplified especially by his draft European Security Treaty, and shows how after Putin’s return to the presidency there has been a shift in foreign policy, with much great emphasis on influencing Russia’s immediate neighbours and on Eurasian union, and less emphasis on rapprochement and co-operation.


'… a useful addition to the long list of volumes in the BASEES/Routledge series on Russian and East European studies… She has in mind three on-going dialogues. One is the description of the interactions between Russians and their western counterparts. She brings to that discussion an impressive effort to interview an array of American, European, and Russian foreign policy experts and/or policy makers.'

William Zimmerman, University of Michigan, Emeritus, Slavic Review

Table of Contents

1. From Putin to Medvedev: maintaining the status quo? 2. Russia’s Euro-Atlantic security interests: preserving and building influence 3. Russia and the ‘frozen’ conflicts of the Euro-Atlantic space: different conflicts, different roles 4. Russia and the OSCE: dealing with a broad definition of security 5. Russia and NATO: the limitations of cooperation 6. Russia and the Euro-Atlantic Security Agreements: between compliance and controversy 7. Medvedev’s Draft European Security Treaty: a different idea? 8. Nuclear reductions and missile defence: the transatlantic security agenda focus for the U.S. and Russia 9. The return of President Putin: a change of course 10. Conclusion

About the Author

Valerie Pacer completed her doctorate at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, UK.

About the Series

BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies

This series is published on behalf of BASEES (the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies). The series comprises original, high-quality, research-level work by both new and established scholars on all aspects of Russian, Soviet, post-Soviet and East European Studies in humanities and social science subjects.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Europe / Russia & the Former Soviet Union
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Arms Control
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Communism & Socialism
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Comparative
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Leadership
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies