Russia and its Near Neighbours

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-06-19
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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Russia has recently re-emerged as the dominant political, economic and military actor in former Soviet nations. Kanet and Freire bring together a stellar cast of contributors to consider Russia's recent return as a major regional and international actor and its likely future policy toward its neighbors.

Author Biography

MARIA RAQUEL FREIRE Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations and Researcher at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal. Her research focuses on foreign policy, Russia and the post-Soviet space. She has published widely on these topics, including Key Players and Regional Dynamics in Eurasia : The Return of the 'Great Game' with Roger E. Kanet (Palgrave, 2010.) ROGER E. KANET Professor of International Studies, University of Miami, USA. His recent publications include Resurgent Russia and the West: The European Union, NATO and Beyond (2009); The United States and Europe in a Changing World with E.A. Kolodziej (2009); From Superpower to Besieged Global Power: Restoring World Order after the Bush Doctrine (2008); Russia: Re-Emerging Great Power (2007); and Identities, Nations and Politics after Communism (2007).

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'This is a well-informed and stimulating analysis of Russia's fraught relationship with its near neighbours (the former Soviet states), tracing not only the new geopolitical tensions but also some of the fundamental policy issues, notably the politics of energy, the domestic drivers of Russian foreign policy, and the various security dilemmas faced by individual states. The volume brings together an impressive collection of authors, each one an expert in their respective fields. Taken together, this is a state of the art analysis of developments in post-Soviet Eurasia, and thus an important contribution to a region that is assuming ever-greater importance in world politics.' - Richard Sakwa, Professor of Russian and European Politics, University of Kent, UK'A timely collection of essays exploring the impact of nationalism, resource diplomacy, and national identity politics on Russia's policy toward its closest neighbors—Medvedev's putative 'sphere of privileged interest.' An impressive achievement, Russia and its Near Neighbors will be of great interest to regional specialists and international relations practitioners alike.'- Charles E. Ziegler, Professor of Political Science, University of Louisville, USA

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