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Russia's Foreign Security Policy in the 21st Century

Putin, Medvedev and Beyond

By Marcel De Haas

© 2010 – Routledge

214 pages

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This book examines Russia’s external security policy under the presidencies of Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Medvedev and beyond.

The Russian Federation has developed from a neglected regional power into a self-declared resurgent superpower. Russia’s background in the former Soviet Union as well as close ties with the upcoming new powers of China and India served as spring-boards towards regaining an influential status in the world. Simultaneously, Moscow developed an assertive policy towards the West and unwilling neighbours, culminating in August 2008 in an armed conflict with Georgia. Reviewing this decade of Russian international security policy, this work analyses security documents, military reforms and policy actions towards friends and foes, such as the USA and NATO, to provide an assessment of the future security stance of the Kremlin.

This book will be of much interest to students of Russian politics and foreign policy, European politics and Security Studies and IR in general.


'As always, De Haas’s work is well structured, and based on an intimate and detailed knowledge of key events, people and decision-making mechanisms as well as on the author’s own experience in writing about the country.' - The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies (, Issue 11, 2010

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Structure of Putin’s Foreign Security Policy (2000-2008) 2. Implementation of Putin’s Foreign Security Policy 3. Structure of Medvedev’s Foreign Security Policy (2008-2009) 4. Implementation of Medvedev’s Foreign Security Policy 5. The Russian-Georgian Armed Conflict of August 2008 6. Assessment of Russia’s Foreign Security Policy (2000-2009) and Outlook beyond Medvedev. Bibliography

About the Author

Dr Marcel de Haas is a Senior Research Fellow on security policy of the Netherlands, NATO, EU, Russia and the CIS at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael in The Hague.

About the Series

Contemporary Security Studies

This series focuses on new research across the spectrum of international peace and security, in an era where each year throws up multiple examples of conflicts that present new security challenges in the world around them.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General