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Russia's Foreign Security Policy in the 21st Century
Putin, Medvedev and Beyond

ISBN 9780415681933
Published June 6, 2011 by Routledge
232 Pages

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Book Description

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.

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

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Lieutenant-Colonel (Royal Netherlands Army, ret.) Dr Marcel de Haas (1961) is a Senior Research Associate at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’ in The Hague, and a Senior Researcher at the Russian Studies Centre of the University of Groningen. His fields of expertise are defence and security policy of the Netherlands, Russia and the CIS.