Cold Peace: Russia's New Imperialism

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The Russian regime under President Vladimir Putin has embarked on a coherent long-term strategy to regain its influence over former satellites and to limit Western penetration in key parts of this region. Moscow is intent on steadily rebuilding Russia as a major power on the Eurasian stage and will use its neighbors as a springboard for expanding its dominance. In this first systematic analysis detailing Russia's post-Cold War imperialism, Bugajski challenges the contemporary equivalent of Cold War appeasement, ...

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Overview

The Russian regime under President Vladimir Putin has embarked on a coherent long-term strategy to regain its influence over former satellites and to limit Western penetration in key parts of this region. Moscow is intent on steadily rebuilding Russia as a major power on the Eurasian stage and will use its neighbors as a springboard for expanding its dominance. In this first systematic analysis detailing Russia's post-Cold War imperialism, Bugajski challenges the contemporary equivalent of Cold War appeasement, which views Russia as a benign and pragmatic power that seeks cooperation and integration with the West.

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Bugajski provides the first detailed, tightly woven assessment of post-Soviet Russian policy in eastern Europe, and it is highly critical. Russia is Russia, still locked in its imperial ways, determined to restore its dominance over lost territory, penetrate and neutralize NATO's central European members, and regain by stealth some kind of competitive position with the United States. Were Russia moving toward democracy or shedding its imperial mentality the quest for restored power and place would not be a threat. Because Russia is not, its actions from the Baltic to the Balkans call for what can fairly be described as a neo-containment policy on the part of the United States and, Bugajski hopes, its transatlantic allies. Even those who see Russian policy in less black-and-white terms will learn much from this systematic, informed treatment of Russia's relations with every part of this region—from Belarus to Croatia, Estonia to Bulgaria.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275983628
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

JANUSZ BUGAJSKI is Director of the East European Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. He has served as a consultant for both government and private organizations and has lectured at numerous American and European universities. He chairs the South-Central Europe area studies program at the Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State, and is the author or editor of several books on the region.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : near or temporary abroad? 1
2 Russia's foreign policy arsenal 29
3 Retaining a union : Belarus and Kaliningrad 51
4 Regaining a commonwealth : Ukraine and Moldova 79
5 Blocking Western encroachment : the Baltic states 109
6 Neutralizing the core : Central Europe 135
7 Exploiting crises : Adriatic Balkans 169
8 Exporting influence : Black Sea Balkans 203
9 Conclusions : looking ahead 219
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