1st Edition

The 21st Century Cold War A New World Order?

Edited By Jeffrey Kaplan Copyright 2020
    188 Pages
    by Routledge

    186 Pages
    by Routledge

    The 21st Century Cold War is a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the pattern of Russian interference in the internal affairs of other nations, suggesting that what in the Cold War was a simple conflict of East vs. West has expanded into a conflict between Russia and two increasingly separate Wests.

    The book begins with an examination of the structure of the Cold War and post-Cold War world, and subsequently explores Russian interference by overt, grey, and covert means including, but not limited to, cyberespionage, "fake news", and the use of what in the Cold War would have been called front groups and agents of influence. The approach encompasses both historic and contemporary themes, with the question of whether the Cold War between East and West–capitalism and communism–is a thing of the past, or does it continue today in new ideological guises, as a central theme. Expert contributors explore what the motivations and implications for the pattern of Russian interference in the political processes of other states would be, and what new coalitions of actors are taking shape both for and against Russian activities.

    With a series of historical and contemporary case studies, focusing on the origins and contemporary dimensions of Russian information warfare, and exploring the issues involved from every perspective, The 21st Century Cold War will be of great interest to scholars of Security and Strategic Studies, International Relations, and Cold War History, as well as policy makers and security professionals. The chapters were originally published as a special issue of Terrorism and Political Violence.


    Jeffrey Kaplan

    1. The Wests: Decline Management and Geopolitics

    David B. Kanin

    2. More East than West: The World Council of Churches at the Dawn of the Cold War

    Jeffrey Kaplan

    3. Useful Idiots or Fellow Travelers? The Relationship between the American Far Right and Russia

    George Michael

    4. Russian Foreign Policy Management and Manipulation with the Soviet Successor States

    Carol K. G. Lutz, Brenda J. Lutz, and James M. Lutz

    5. Hybrid Warfare and the Legal Domain

    Andres B. Munoz Mosquera, Sascha Dov Bachmann, and J. Abraham Munoz Bravo

    6. Irregular Militias and Radical Nationalism in Post-Euromaydan Ukraine: The Prehistory and Emergence of the “Azov” Battalion in 2014

    Andreas Umland

    7. The Africa Policy of Russia

    János Besenyo

    8. The Asymmetric Approach in Russian Security Strategy: Implications for the Nordic Countries

    Katri Pynnöniemi


    Jeffrey Kaplan is a Professor at Habib University in Karachi, Pakistan, and the author or editor of 22 books and over 70 articles and anthology chapters on religious violence, millenarianism, terrorism, and oppositional religious movements. His most recent Routledge books include Apocalypse, Revolution and Terrorism: From the Sicari to the American Revolt against the Modern World and Radical Religion and Violence: Theory and Case Studies. He is Book Review Editor for Terrorism and Political Violence.