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The Multilateral Dimension in Russian Foreign Policy

1st Edition

Edited by Elana Wilson Rowe, Stina Torjesen


240 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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This book examines the place of multilateralism in Russia’s foreign policy and Russia’s engagement with multilateral institutions. Throughout the post-Soviet period, both Yeltsin and Putin consistently professed a deep attachment to the principles of multilateralism. However, multilateralism as a value, concept, strategy or general phenomenon in Russian foreign policy has hitherto been neglected by scholars, seldom assessed in its own right or from a comparative perspective. This book fills that gap, combining wider conceptual perspectives on the place of multilateralism in Russian foreign policy thought and action with detailed empirical case studies of Russian engagement at the global, transatlantic and European levels, and also in Russia’s regional environment. It examines Russia’s role and relationship with the UN, NATO, G8, EU, OSCE, Arctic Council, Eurasian Economic Community, Commonwealth of Independent States, Shanghai Cooperation Organization and Collective Security Treaty Organization, covering a wide range of issue areas including nuclear non-proliferation and trade. Throughout, it considers the political, economic and security interests that shape Russia’ foreign relations, conception of multilateralism and activity in multilateral settings. Overall, this book is an important resource for anyone interested in Russian foreign policy and its role in international relations more generally.

Table of Contents

1. Key Features of Russian Multilateralism Elana Wilson Rowe and Stina Torjesen 2. The Role of Multilateralism in Russian Foreign Policy Robert Legvold 3. Multilateralism in Russian Foreign Policy Approaches Andrei Zagorski 4. Leading in the Concert of Great Powers: Lessons from Russia’s G8 chairmanship Pavel Baev 5. Russia’s Attitude Towards Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regimes and Institutions: An example of multilateralism? Alexander Pikayev 6. Russia and Europe and the Process of EU Enlargement Margot Light 7. Inside or Outside? Russia’s Policies Towards NATO Hannes Adomeit 8. Russia and the OSCE: From High Expectations to Denial? Jakub M. Godzimirski 9. Russian Regional Multilateralism: The Case of the Arctic Council Elana Wilson Rowe 10. Russia, the CIS and the EEC: finally getting it right? Stina Torjesen 11. Russia’s Trade Relations within the Commonwealth of Independent States Julian Cooper 12. Russia as a Military Great Power: The Uses of the CSTO and the SCO in Central Asia Stina Torjesen

About the Editors

Elana Wilson Rowe holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge and is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). Her research interests include regional cooperation in the circumpolar north and Russian foreign and energy policy.

Stina Torjesen holds a DPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford and is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department for Russian and Eurasian studies, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). She has specialised on the international relations of Central Asia and works also on security and peacebuilding in Tajikistan and Afghanistan.

About the Series

Routledge Contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe Series

The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars on all aspects of Russian and East European Studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies