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
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