The Foreign Policy of Russia: Changing Systems, Enduring Interests / Edition 4

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Nogee and Donaldson's new text on contemporary Russian foreign policy is a valuable resource for specialists and the book of choice for college and university courses. The authors identify continuities in Russia's international behavior, despite regime changes, and the basic factors structuring these long-established patterns. They also analyze some of the external and internal forces that influence changes of policy direction, not all of which are predictable. The result is a perceptive, balanced treatment that provides readers with the context and the analytical tools needed to understand Russia's role in the world past, present, and future.
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Probably the best-known study of Russia's foreign policy is George F. Kennan's classic Russia and the West Under Lenin and Stalin (LJ 4/15/61). Political scientists Donaldson (Univ. of Tulsa) and Nogee (Univ. of Houston) broaden the focus of Kennan's classic work and offer a sweeping yet concise overview of Russia's role and behavior in international politics. Much of their book serves as background for the authors' chief task: to explain and anticipate the current foreign policy aims of the leaders of the Russian republic. They find a consistent pursuit of balance-of-power politics and military alliances by Russian leaders from tsarist times to the present. Seven key variables are put forth to explain the changing directions of Soviet foreign policy within the framework of an "international system." They cautiously conclude that the current "multipolar" environment might lead to a more cooperative approach by Russia's current leaders--although unpredictable personality traits are still a concern. This is a useful title for academic libraries.--Thomas A. Karel, Franklin & Marshall Coll. Lib., Lancaster, PA
Identifies continuities in Russia's international behavior across regime changes, looks at the basic factors structuring these long- established patterns, and analyzes internal and external forces that influence changes in policy direction. Coverage extends from the tsarist roots of Russia's foreign policy through the Revolution, the Cold War, and the 1990s. Paper edition (unseen), $23.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765622815
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 456
  • Sales rank: 1,304,515
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 3
2 The tsarist roots of Russia's foreign policy 17
3 Soviet foreign policy : from revolution to cold war 37
4 Soviet foreign policy : the Cold War 75
5 Domestic factors in the making of Russia's foreign policy 120
6 Russia and the states of the former Soviet Union 179
7 Russia and the West in the 1990s 229
8 Russia and the "non-West" 281
9 Russia in the age of global terror 351
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