This text traces the lineage and development of Russian foreign policy with the insight that comes from a historical perspective. Now fully updated, the sixth edition incorporates new coverage of issues including relations with the major powers and with other post-communist states, with an emphasis on tensions with the U.S. and engagement with Ukraine, Crimea, and Syria. International security issues including arms control, sanctions, and intervention continue to grow in importance. Domestic and regional issues related to natural resource politics, human rights, Islamism and terrorism also persist. Chronologically organized chapters highlight the continuities of Russia’s behavior in the world since tsarist times as well as the major sources of change and variability over the revolutionary period, wartime alliances and Cold War, détente, the Soviet collapse, and the first post-communist decades. The basic framework used in the book is a modified realism that stresses the balance of power and the importance of national interest, and identifies several factors (both internal and external) that condition Russian policy. The interpretations are original and based on a mix of primary and secondary sources.
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Praise for the Sixth Edition
The updated edition of this indispensable text offers students of politics and international relations, policy-makers, and the public a systematic, accessible, and even-handed discussion of Russian policy-making concerning relations with other states. Rooted by necessity in historical context from Tsarism up to early 2018, the book provides incisive, nuanced, and compelling analysis of changes and continuities in how Russian leaders perceive what is in their national interest and how they interpret and react to the actions of leaders elsewhere. Donaldson and Nadkarni offer a wise, timely contribution to debates about statecraft, soft power, pragmatism, East-West relations, and the role of cyber-crime.
Mary Buckley, Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge
Donaldson and Nadkarni’s text is the best around, encapsulating the best of American scholarship on Russia: It demonstrates a deep knowledge of Imperial, Soviet, and contemporary history, paired with a complex yet clear understanding of domestic realities’ role in foreign policy decision-making and implementation. The up-to-date sixth edition covers, for example, the Kremlin’s growing use of soft power and devotion to Eurasian (rather than European) economic integration. This book will be of great use to students, international relations professionals, and businesspeople interested in or implicated by Russian foreign policy.
Stanislav L. Tkachenko, Saint Petersburg State University
The Foreign Policy of Russia is a sober and accessible analysis for both students and researchers. This a rare opportunity to get a full review of the origins, incentives, and challenges of Putin’s controversial foreign policy.
Andrei Kolesnikov, Carnegie Moscow Center
This textbook will provide undergraduate students with an excellent foundation in understanding general tendencies in Russia’s external relationships over time as well as a coherent framework of analysis for exploring specific issues in greater depth through more specialized articles, book chapters, and monographs. In short, it is an ideal text for a survey course on Russian foreign policy or even for a more general course on international relations or comparative foreign policy that includes intensive attention to one or more of the great powers.
Allen C. Lynch, University of Virginia
Ch 1 Power, Polarity, and Personality
Ch 2 The Tsarist Roots of Russia’s Foreign Policy
Ch 3 Soviet Foreign Policy: From Revolution to Cold War
Ch 4 Soviet Foreign Policy: The Cold War
Ch 5 Domestic Factors in the Making of Russia’s Foreign Policy
Ch 6 Russia and the States of the Former Soviet Union
Ch 7 Russia Faces West: Aspirations and Obstacles
Ch 8 Russia and the "Non-West"
Ch 9 Putin’s Quest for Partnership in a Multipolar World
Ch 10 Russia and the United States: A New Cold War?