This book investigates the options, the debates and the ensuing policies of the fledgling Russian government. It examines the evolution of policy from the collapse of the Soviet Union in December 1991 until the Presidential elections in June 1996. Analysing Russia's actions in the context of contemporary foreign policy theory, Nicole J. Jackson discusses and compares three key conflicts: the separatist war between Moldova and Transdniestria; the separatist war between Georgia and Abkhazia and the civil war in Tajikistan. It will be of interest to students and researchers of international relations, security, foreign policy analysis and Russian studies.
1. Introduction 2. Ideas and Political Debates in Theoretical Approaches to Foreign Policy Development 3. Foreign Policy Ideas and Their Manifestations in Key Foreign Policy Orientations 4. Russian Domestic Politics and the Evolution in Debates About Foreign and Military Policy Towards the CIS States, 1991-6 5. Russia's Political Debates and Military Involvement in the Moldova-Transdniestria Conflict 6. Russia's Political Debates and Military Involvement in the Georgia-Abkhazia Conflict 7. Russia's Political Debates and Military Involvement in the Tajik Conflict 8. Conclusions