Global Security Watch - Russia: A Reference Handbook

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To help readers understand the current state of this crucially important country, Global Security Watch—Russia: A Reference Handbook provides a comprehensive overview of the main foreign and defense policies of the Russian Federation.

Global Security Watch—Russia focuses on political-military developments in the nation that emerged in the aftermath of the Soviet Union's collapse in December 1991. The book looks at a variety of factors that characterize Russia's position in world security matters, such as its leading position as an arms exporter and its still-overwhelming nuclear capability. Coverage includes critical recent events, such as the growing alienation between Russia and the West, the August 2008 Georgian War, and the effects of the global financial crisis on Russia's vulnerable economy.

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". . . the book focuses on developments since the breakdown of the Soviet Union in 1991. Coverage includes significant recent events and the effects of the global financial crisis on Russia's economy. Early chapters summarize key trends affecting Russia during its history, and review the collapse and reconstruction of its military-industrial complex. Subsequent chapters cover nuclear weapons and arms control, regional security issues, and relations between Russia and Georgia, with special attention paid to the events preceding the August 2008 War. A conclusion describes developments during Dmitry Medvedev's first year as president. The book includes a list of abbreviations, biographies of key figures, a chronology, an appendix of documents, and one B&W map."


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313354342
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/2009
  • Series: Global Security Watch Series
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Abbreviations xi

Chapter 1 A Shaky Phoenix: Russia's Strategic Revival 1

Chapter 2 Russia's Military-Industrial Complex 11

Chapter 3 Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control 53

Chapter 4 Regional Security Issues 83

Chapter 5 Georgia 133

Chapter 6 Conclusion: Whither Russia? 165

Appendix A Biographies 177

Appendix B Chronology 189

Appendix C Documents 199

Index 221

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