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Vladimir Putin and Russia's Imperial Revival

1st Edition

By David E. McNabb

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224 pages | 33 B/W Illus.

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Discerning the early stages of the rebirth of a new Russian empire from the ashes of the Soviet Union, Vladimir Putin and Russia’s Imperial Revival argues that Russia’s recent overtly aggressive actions and foreign policy doctrines have signaled a renewal of the Cold War. At the least, Russia’s actions represent the potential for renewal. This book explains these developments in a historical context.

The book begins by describing Russia’s initial policy of rapprochement after the collapse of the Soviet Union and its development into a foreign policy of threatened or actual armed aggression. It identifies today’s Russia as a nation determined to re-establish itself as a political and military force. As a prominent figure in the development and continuation of its current foreign policy, Vladimir Putin plays a central role in the topics covered.

Previous literature often treats Putin as an individual phenomenon examining his connections to corruption or the secret police, but here David E. McNabb examines him as the latest in a long history of Russian despots who followed similar expansionist policies. He details some of the tactics Putin uses to instill fear and dominate political policies of republics newly independent from Russia. These tactics include the use of energy as a weapon, cyber terrorism, and military support for ethnic Russian separatists in other sovereign nations, most recently exemplified by Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine via armed invasion.

In an attempt to demystify Russia’s re-emergence as an international political force, Vladimir Putin and Russia’s Imperial Revival grounds its analyses in history. It explores as far back as the establishment of the first Russian empire, and regards Putin as a leader determined to establish a fifth imperial incarnation. It provides a nuanced understanding of how Russia arrived at its current position through recent and distant internal and international events.

Table of Contents

A MILLENNIUM OF EMPIRE BUILDING

The Collapse and Rebirth of an Empire

Introduction

Rebuilding a Nation

Shaping Putin’s Foreign Policy

Rise of the Phoenix

Regaining Status Lost

Ending Ties with the West

A Renewal of the Cold War?

Resurrecting Relations with "Special-Interest" Neighbors

Conclusion

Stages in the Building of a Russian Empire

Introduction

The Kievan Rus Empire

The Muscovite Empire

The Romanov Empire

The Soviet Empire

Conclusion

FROM UNCERTAINTY TO SUPREME CONFIDENCE

Russia’s Foreign Policy in Transition

Introduction

Factors Shaping Post-Soviet Foreign Policy

A New Role for Russia?

Rebuilding the State

Russia, the EU, and NATO

Conclusion

The Putin-Era Foreign Policy of Consolidation

Introduction

Evolution of the Consolidation Policy

Putin-Era Foreign Relations

Foreign Policy Goals

Russia’s Use of Soft Power

Conclusion

Building Defensive Barriers

Introduction

Building Barriers in the West

Building Barriers in the East

Colonization and Deportation in the Conquered Territories

Conclusion

RUSSIA’S FOREIGN POLICY WEAPONS

Reforming and Rearming Russia’s Military

Introduction

The Need for Reforms

2000-2008 Military Reforms

2008-2015 Military Reforms and Reorganizations

All-Forces Personnel Reductions

Rearming the Russian Military

Conclusion

Russia’s Undeclared Cyber Wars

Introduction

Cyber Tactics

2007: Cyber War with Estonia

2008: Cyber War with Lithuania

2009: Kyrgyzstan under Cyber Attack

2009: Cyber and Shooting War with Georgia

Cyber Wars with Ukraine

Conclusion

The Energy Weapon in Russia’s Foreign Policy

Introduction

State Control of Energy Resources

Control of Transit Routes and Modes

Means for Implementing the Energy Weapon

Acquiescence of Target Countries

Conclusion

RUSSIA’S FOREIGN POLICY IN ACTION

Russian Aggression in Ukraine: Empire Revival

Introduction

History of Russian-Ukraine Relations

Putin’s Revenge

What Happens Next?

Conclusion

Russian Intimidation in the Baltic and Nordic States

Introduction

Future Regional Security Scenarios

Changes in the West’s View of Post-Soviet Russia

Conclusion

Russian Foreign Policy after Putin

Introduction

What Role for Russia?

The Putin/Medvedev Power Vertical

Alternative Foreign Policy Strategies

The Recurring Foreign Policy Aim

Implications for the West

Russia’s Relations with the West

Scenarios for a Russia after Putin

Conclusion

About the Author

David E. McNabb, PhD, is a professor emeritus at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington; an adjunct professor at Olympic College, Bremerton, Washington; and a recent consultant for an agency of the federal government. He earned his PhD at Oregon State University. He has authored 12 books with another forthcoming, is a joint author of two books, and author or joint author of nearly 100 articles and conference papers. His research interests are in the transformation of government institutions in the United States and in the Baltic states. He is or has been a member of several organizations related to political science, public administration, and European studies.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General