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Russia's Foreign Policy


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List of Tables Note on the Transliteration Chronology of Key Foreign Policy Events, 1979-2018 Preface 1 Understanding Change and Continuity in Russia's Foreign Policy 2 The Cold War Crisis and Soviet New Thinking, 1986-1991 3 The Post-Cold War Euphoria and Russia's Liberal Westernism, 1991-1993 4 New Security Challenges and Great Power Balancing, 1994-1999 5 The World after September 11 and Pragmatic Cooperation, 2000-2005 6 U.S. Regime Change Strategy and Great Power Assertiveness, 2005-2008 7 Global Instability and Russia's Vision of Modernization, 2008-2011 8 Western Pressures, Russia's Assertiveness, and the "Turn to the East," 2012-2018 9 Conclusions and Lessons Further Reading Topics for Discussion or Simulation Index About the Author

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Andrei P. Tsygankov is professor in the Departments of Political Science and International Relations at San Francisco State University.


Russia's Foreign Policy combines truly original scholarly analysis, strongly documented and updated coverage of events, and clear and effective writing. The result is arguably the best introductory treatment of Russian foreign policy available in English. -- Roger E. Kanet, University of Miami
In this updated version of his textbook, Andrei Tsygankov, one of the foremost scholars of Russian politics, provides keen insights into the formation and fluctuation of Russia's national interests and how they find expression in foreign policy. Tsygankov argues that Russia's foreign policy identity has been shaped primarily by its relations with the West. Three major schools of thought-the Western, statist, and civilizationist-contend for dominance, with each rising or declining as circumstances change. Russia, over the past two decades, has developed and pursued seven 'visions' of national interests, from Mikhail Gorbachev's New Thinking and common European home to Vladimir Putin's assertive state-civilization outlook and turn to the East. Thorough, readable, and informed by a keen understanding of Russian domestic politics, the fifth edition of Russia's Foreign Policy will prove valuable to students and specialists alike. -- Charles E. Ziegler, University of Louisville
This is the most well-balanced and comprehensive analysis of Soviet and Russian foreign policy today. It is unique in its excellent and extensive use of both Russian-language and non-Russian sources. Andrei Tsygankov shows us how Russian national identity under Putin has been increasingly defined by opposition to the West. -- Natasha Kuhrt, King's College, London

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