Accession Number : ADA565485


Title :   Perspectives on Russian Foreign Policy


Descriptive Note : Monograph


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA


Personal Author(s) : Blank, Stephen J


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a565485.pdf


Report Date : Sep 2012


Pagination or Media Count : 228


Abstract : The essays collected in this volume comprise a panel on Russian foreign policy that was presented at the Strategic Studies Institute's (SSI) annual Conference on Russia on September 26-27, 2011, held at Carlisle, PA. These chapters aimed at analyzing not just the day-to-day diplomacy, but some of the deeper structures of Russian foreign policy, both their material basis in actual policy and the cognitive structures or mentality that underlies it. This issue is now more important with the return of Vladimir Putin to the presidency of Russia and the fact that major transformations in international relations are occurring today across the globe and at an unprecedented pace. The assessment of such changes, and of governments' policy responses to them, lies at the heart of any effort to conceive of a strategy that makes sense in today's world. Without some viable sense of trends and of the forces that shape key actors' strategies and policies (which are decidedly not the same thing), no government can navigate safely through the shoals of contemporary world politics or make informed judgments concerning war and/or peace. Since both war and politics are interactive processes where the enemy gets a vote, a profound grasp of global political and economic trends is essential to the formulation of sound U.S. policies and strategies, especially as regards so important an actor as the Russian Federation. Providing such informed strategic analysis is SSI's primary function. Such analytical efforts constitute the bedrock of its activities and of its responsibilities to its audience. Accordingly, we are happy to present this volume to our readers in the belief that it will contribute substantially to their understanding of the contemporary world and help them to make the informed judgments about U.S. interests, policies, and strategy. The contributors are Pavel K. Baev, Stephen J. Blank, and Ariel Cohen.


Descriptors :   *FOREIGN POLICY , *GEOPOLITICS , *GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , *HISTORY , *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS , *RUSSIA , *UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT , ANTIMISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS , ARMS CONTROL , DEMOCRACY , DIPLOMACY , ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT , EUROPEAN UNION , IDEOLOGY , NATO , NUCLEAR WEAPONS , SECURITY , THREATS , USSR


Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Government and Political Science
      Humanities and History
      Nuclear Weapons


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE