Summary Book Review Russia's Place in the World by Andrej Kreutz:
Download or read book Russia's Place in the World written by Andrej Kreutz and published by Algora Publishing. This book was released on 2015-10-01 with total page 210 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Prof. Kreutz presents a concise geopolitical and historical background of Russia and the major predicaments that currently hamper its full international integration and acceptance. He outlines the negative and potentially dangerous aspects of the existing situation. In the author's view the Russian Federation, which is a successor state of the Soviet Union and the previous Russian Empire, should not now be treated as a defeated nation on probation. Rather, alongside China, it should be acknowledged as a great independent power with its own political traditions and interests. Only such an approach can secure international peace and cooperation in Europe and Asia, which are needed by all countries of the region and even the world at large. The book's approach is mainly historical; nevertheless it focuses on some of the most important and controversial present day international challenges both in Europe and Asia. Its aims to address academics, journalists and other specialists, but also is written for the general public. Its goal is to provide an alternative and unprejudiced view of the "Russian Problem," starting with the recognition that the struggle for survival has been a major challenge in Russia's past and present - a fact that is often seemingly overlooked by those analysts who misconstrue defensive moves as potential aggression. An expert on Eastern Europe and political history, Prof. Kreutz is neither a Russia-sympathizer nor a Russia-basher, but he presents a neutral account of Russia's place in the world. This book fills a gap left by other recent works including the historical monograph by Marshall J. Poe, The Russian Moment in World History, which provides only the introduction and background to the present situations, and Professor Tsygankov's Russia's Foreign Policy: Change and Continuity in National Identity, which is more about various Russian political theories than on the actual socio-political and geopolitical situation of the country. Mankoff's Russian Foreign Policy. The Return of Great Power Politics and Treisman's The Return: Journey from Gorbachev to Medvyedev are focused on the current political issues and make some interesting points; however, they do not seem to perceive the challenges coming to Russia from the neo-capitalist transformations and US imperial expansion in its neighborhood. Dmitri Trenin did not mention much about them either, in Post-Imperium-Eurasian Story. While presenting a rather bleak picture of present-day Russia, he suggests that Moscow should open itself fully to the capitalist modernization and accept US hegemony. His comparisons of the Soviet Union with the former Western colonial empires are not always convincing. Trenin, a former Soviet Colonel and diplomat is apparently influenced by his present employment with the Carnegie Endowment, but his book is nevertheless informative and makes an interesting contribution to the existing literature on the subject.
Summary Book Review Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia in a World in Change by Allen Lynch:
Download or read book Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia in a World in Change written by Allen Lynch and published by University Press of Amer. This book was released on 1994 with total page 250 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This work presents perspectives by experts during three different time periodsófrom 1989 to 1990, in 1991, and in 1992óillustrating the depth of the changes that have taken place in the former Soviet Union. Contents: Change in the Soviet Union: Political Dynamics in the Gorbachev Era; Gorbachev and Change in Soviet Foreign Policy; Reagan's Foreign Policy and Soviet-American Relations; The Rhetoric and Reality of Change in Soviet Domestic and Foreign Policy; The Soviet Union and Eastern Europe; What Went Wrong with Perestroika?; The Disintegration of the U.S.S.R. and American Foreign Policy; The Post-Soviet Economy and the World; The Influence of Political Culture on Government and Society; The Commonwealth of Independent States and the Post-Soviet Successor States; and Russia's Current Perception of America. Contributors: Paul B. Stephan, Joseph L. Nogee, Sterling J. Kernek, George M. Seignious II, Malcolm Toon, Marshall I. Goldman, Allen C. Lynch, Leonid I. Abalkin, Maurice Friedberg, Paul A. Goble, and Vladimir O. Pechatnov. Co-published with the Miller Center of Public Affairs.
Summary Book Review Russia and the World by L. Cooper:
Download or read book Russia and the World written by L. Cooper and published by Springer. This book was released on 2016-01-18 with total page 222 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The collapse of communism and the disintegration of the USSR, created a new geopolitical reality, a new international environment, and a new set of international relations. This book is about Russia's foreign relations. It examines the factors that determine Russia's foreign policy, such as the economy and domestic politics. It devotes special attention to the so-called 'Russian idea' - a foreign policy determinant largely overlooked by western politicians and analysts. It attempts such an analysis by applying Russian rather than Western criteria because we are dealing here with a country with a unique culture and history.
Summary Book Review Russia and the World by Natalia Tsvetkova:
Download or read book Russia and the World written by Natalia Tsvetkova and published by Lexington Books. This book was released on 2017-02-20 with total page 432 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Understanding International Relations: Russia and the World examines world politics through the lens of Russia and its effects on the international system. Contributors to this volume examine Russian politics, economics, global and regional policies, and history in order to better understand Russia’s place in world politics. This book explores the impact Russia has on international politics in three parts: how current theories in international relations studies treat Russia, the primary disputes in modern world politics relating to Russia, and Russian policies and their effects around the world. This collection offers a comprehensive view of Russia’s place in the global political system by exploring Russian foreign policy, the economy and statecraft, the Arctic, global organizations, arms control, national security, the environment, soft power, and Russian relations with the United States, Europe, and Eurasia.
Summary Book Review Russian Energy in a Changing World by Jakub M. Godzimirski:
Download or read book Russian Energy in a Changing World written by Jakub M. Godzimirski and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2016-03-23 with total page 218 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: For a long time Russia’s position as a key global energy player has enhanced Moscow’s international economic and political influence whilst causing concern amongst other states fearful of becoming too dependent on Russia as an energy supplier. The Global Financial Crisis shook this established image of Russia as an indispensable energy superpower, immune to negative external influences and revealed the full extent of Russia’s dependence on oil and gas for economic and political influence. This led to calls from within the country for a new approach where energy resources were no longer regarded wholly as an asset, but also a potential curse resulting in an over reliance on one sector thwarting modernization of the economy and the country as a whole. In this fascinating and timely volume leading Russian and Western scholars examine various aspects of Russian energy policy and the opportunities and constraints that influence the choices made by the country’s energy decision makers. Contributors focus on Russia’s energy relations with the rest of the world alongside internal debates about the need for diversification and modernisation in a changing economy, country and world system where overdependence on energy commodities has become a key concern for customer and supplier alike.
Summary Book Review The Twenty-First Century: The World Without Russia by Олег Арин/Алекс Бэттлер:
Download or read book The Twenty-First Century: The World Without Russia written by Олег Арин/Алекс Бэттлер and published by SCHOLARICA. This book was released on with total page pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In this book, Alex Battler questions the assertion of Russia’s status as a great power in the acuminate form. The author reveals the contradictions between Russia’s real modern potential and its foreign policy objectives formulated by official Moscow. The author has formulated laws on the Pole, the Center of Power, and Force. Battler introduces some new concepts of the Theory of International Relations: The Foreign Policy Potential of the State and The Law on the Optimal Balance Between the Costs of Domestic and Foreign Policy. On almost all problems raised by the author, his views do not coincide with generally accepted interpretations and approaches. The second extended edition of the book “The Twenty-First Century: The World Without Russia” includes updated copyright and newly added parts and paragraphs.
Author :Barbara Alpern Engel Publisher :Oxford University Press, USA Release Date :2015 ISBN 10 :9780199947898 Pages :177 pages File Format : PDF, EPUB, TEXT, KINDLE or MOBI Rating :4.4/5 (789 users download)
Summary Book Review Russia in World History by Barbara Alpern Engel:
Download or read book Russia in World History written by Barbara Alpern Engel and published by Oxford University Press, USA. This book was released on 2015 with total page 177 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "This volume offers a lively introduction to Russia's dramatic history and the striking changes that characterize its story. Distinguished authors Barbara Alpern Engel and Janet Martin show how Russia's peoples met the constant challenges posed by geography, climate, availability of natural resources, and devastating foreign invasions, and rose to become the world's second largest land empire. The book describes the circumstances that led to the world's first communist society in 1917, and traces the global consequences of Russia's long confrontation with the United States, which took place virtually everywhere and for decades provided a model for societies seeking development independent of capitalism. This book also brings the story of Russia's arduous and costly climb to great power to a personal level through the stories of individual women and men-leading figures who played pivotal roles as well as less prominent individuals from a range of social backgrounds whose voices illuminate the human consequences of sweeping historical change. As was and is true of Russia itself, this story encompasses a wide variety of ethnicities, peoples who became part of the Russian empire and suffered or benefited from its leaders' efforts to meld a multiethnic polity into a coherent political entity. The book examines how Russia served as a conduit for people, ideas, and commodities flowing between east and west, north and south, and absorbed and adapted influences from both Europe and Asia and how it came to play an increasingly important role on a regional and, ultimately, global scale"--
Summary Book Review Russia and EU in the New World Disorder by Aziz Elmuradov:
Download or read book Russia and EU in the New World Disorder written by Aziz Elmuradov and published by Taylor & Francis. This book was released on 2022-11-04 with total page 187 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book makes an original contribution to Russia-EU literature by analyzing constructions and trans-formations of the Russian ‘Self’ in relation to the European "Other". It provides an orientation towards understanding Russian foreign policy discourse under Putin and offers a thorough analysis of the actions of key policy actors to ground the Russian discourse ideationally, historically, psychologically, and politico-sociologically. Providing a rich analysis of how Russian foreign policy toward the EU evolved from cooperation to competition and ultimately conflict, the author argues that to understand these changes and continuities we must explore concepts of sovereignty and balance of power central to the drafting of Russian foreign policy. Primarily situated in the fields of International Relations and Russian foreign policy, this book will also be of interest to scholars in the fields of Foreign Policy Analysis, Post-Soviet Studies, Eurasian Studies, Historical International Relations, Critical Security Studies, Political Sociology, and Political Psychology.
Summary Book Review Russia in 2015 by Sergeĭ Nikolaevich Bobylev:
Download or read book Russia in 2015 written by Sergeĭ Nikolaevich Bobylev and published by UN. This book was released on 2005 with total page 192 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This report, the tenth national report report for Russia, deals with the adaptation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) in the Russian context. Monitoring of the Millennium Development Goals, being currently customised by the Government for Russia, is a key step in the forthcoming implementation of the recommendations of the national report. Using the MDG concept, the authors of the report outline a set of priorities and goals characteristic of the current stage of reforms in Russia, as well as possible scenarios and progress indicators of the goals achievement by 2015. The report highlights existing problems and ongoing reforms in the sphere of human development.
Summary Book Review Russia and the New World Disorder by Bobo Lo:
Download or read book Russia and the New World Disorder written by Bobo Lo and published by Brookings Institution Press. This book was released on 2015-08-17 with total page 370 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Russian annexation of Crimea was one of the great strategic shocks of the past twenty-five years. For many in the West, Moscow's actions in early 2014 marked the end of illusions about cooperation, and the return to geopolitical and ideological confrontation. Russia, for so long a peripheral presence, had become the central actor in a new global drama. In this groundbreaking book, renowned scholar Bobo Lo analyzes the broader context of the crisis by examining the interplay between Russian foreign policy and an increasingly anarchic international environment. He argues that Moscow's approach to regional and global affairs reflects the tension between two very different worlds—the perceptual and the actual. The Kremlin highlights the decline of the West, a resurgent Russia, and the emergence of a new multipolar order. But this idealized view is contradicted by a world disorder that challenges core assumptions about the dominance of great powers and the utility of military might. Its lesson is that only those states that embrace change will prosper in the twenty-first century. A Russia able to redefine itself as a modern power would exert a critical influence in many areas of international politics. But a Russia that rests on an outdated sense of entitlement may end up instead as one of the principal casualties of global transformation.
Summary Book Review Russia, America and the Islamic World by Mike Bowker:
Download or read book Russia, America and the Islamic World written by Mike Bowker and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2016-04-08 with total page 224 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: During the Soviet period, Islam was largely ignored in Moscow and viewed as a bourgeois phenomenon which would fade over time. Nowadays, from the ongoing conflict in Chechnya to recent upheavals in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, Islamic militancy has become a major security threat to Russia. Mike Bowker examines the newly emerging relationship between Russia and the United States and their struggle against the common threat of international terrorism. He looks at the difficulties of such a relationship by analyzing the lingering mutual suspicion, differing views on the nature of the global terrorist threat and how each side has continued to pursue their own national interests. Students and scholars of international relations and Russian foreign policy will find this book particularly useful.
Summary Book Review Russia's Futures by Richard Sakwa:
Download or read book Russia's Futures written by Richard Sakwa and published by John Wiley & Sons. This book was released on 2019-03-04 with total page 256 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Russia is back as a major force in global politics, but what does this mean? Is Russia the dangerous revisionist foe that meddles in Western elections and tries to subvert the liberal international order? Or is it a country precariously trying to maintain security and enhance prosperity at home, while re-asserting its place as a great power in the world today? In this book, renowned Russia scholar Richard Sakwa explores current debates on Russia, placing them in historical context and outlining the fundamental challenges currently facing the country. Post-communist Russia had to grapple with a unique set of problems, including reconstituting the political system, rebuilding the economy, re-imagining the nation, and rethinking Russia’s place in the world. The solutions are still being sought, but this hard-hitting study argues that the failure to create an international system in which Russia’s transformation became part of a revised world order has made the search far more difficult than it may otherwise have been. Although Russia is one of the oldest states in Europe, in its contemporary guise it is one of the youngest. Russia has had many pasts and, given its size, centrality and complexity, it will also have many futures.
Summary Book Review The Russian Empire in the Eighteenth Century by Aleksandr B. Kamenskii:
Download or read book The Russian Empire in the Eighteenth Century written by Aleksandr B. Kamenskii and published by M.E. Sharpe. This book was released on 1997-08-28 with total page 324 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Russia's eighteenth-century drive toward modernity and empire under the two greats--Peter I and Catherine II--is fully captured in this new work by one of Russia's outstanding young historians. The author develops three themes: Russia's relationship to the West; the transformation of Holy Russia into a multinational empire; and the effects of efforts to modernize Russia selectively along Western lines. Writing in a clear, crisp style, Kamenskii enlivens the narrative with observations from contemporary literary figures and political commentators that point up the lasting significance of the events he describes.
Summary Book Review Russia and the World in the Putin Era by Roger E. Kanet:
Download or read book Russia and the World in the Putin Era written by Roger E. Kanet and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2021-09-28 with total page 336 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This volume examines the role of Russia in the world under President Putin’s rule. When the Soviet Union disintegrated after the Cold War, Russia seemingly embarked on the establishment of a democratic political system and seemed intent on joining the liberal international order. However, under President Putin’s rule, there have been dramatic shifts in Russian domestic and foreign policies, in order to re-establish itself as a great power. This book examines broad aspects of Russian political culture and threat perception, such as Russia’s reaction to NATO expansion; its information warfare and energy policies; and its policy towards the Global South, especially the Middle East and Africa. The objective of the analyses is to explain the factors that influence Russian foreign policy, and to show how and why Russian relations with the European Union and the United States have deteriorated so rapidly in recent years. The volume introduces an alternative approach to the standard realist perspective, which often underlies existing analyses of Russian policy – namely, the work offers a theoretical perspective that focuses on the Russian sense of identity and on ontological security. This book will be of much interest to students of Russian foreign policy, security studies, and International Relations.
Summary Book Review Living Places in Russia by Dyranda Prevost:
Download or read book Living Places in Russia written by Dyranda Prevost and published by Images Publishing. This book was released on 1999 with total page 112 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In Living Places in Russia, photographer Dyranda Prevost and architect Natalia Dushkina have conveyed life in Russia at a critical moment in history, recording 22 homes in both city and country. Westerners remember the Berlin Wall, and its momentous fall that followed glasnost and perestroika; this book reveals the concealed, historic changes to the walls containing ordinary Russian people since the 1917 Revolution. Documented in 1990-1991, and completed in 1999, the images and voices in this book are a revelation; a collective image of various professions and strata living in a variety of buildings built in different periods. These photographs capture the ambience of a lived-in 'place' and the messages conveyed by its objects. The interviews allow the inhabitants to tell their own stories and express their constant longing for freedom and tranquility, epitomized by life in the countryside - in however humble a place that may be.
Summary Book Review Russia and the 2018 FIFA World Cup by Richard Arnold:
Download or read book Russia and the 2018 FIFA World Cup written by Richard Arnold and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2021-03-08 with total page 222 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Despite many negative expectations of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia delivered one of the best World Cups in living memory. This book brings together leading scholars working in Russian studies, sociology and political science to analyse the 2018 World Cup and assess its significance for sport, Russia and the world. The book explores the connections between sport, soft power, populism, protest, and international politics, and investigates topics including security, surveillance, social media and patriotic mobilization, shining new light on key contemporary themes in the social sciences. It reflects upon the importance of sporting mega-events for public diplomacy, and considers what the 2018 World Cup can tell us about the current condition of Russian society and the Russian state. This is fascinating reading for anybody with an interest in soccer, sport and society, Russia, international politics, events, or post-Soviet societies.
Summary Book Review Russia and the Question of World Order by Elias Götz:
Download or read book Russia and the Question of World Order written by Elias Götz and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2020-06-30 with total page 118 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Russia and the Question of World Order engages with three sets of questions that cut to the heart of the ongoing debate about Russia’s role in the present world order. Firstly, the book asks what are Russia’s aims and objectives? Is Russia a highly revisionist power bent on overturning established rules and institutions, or is it best understood as a country with limited ambitions? Secondly, contributors ask what factors shape Russia’s views on the global order and its foreign policy choices? And finally, they ask what are the consequences of Russia’s actions for the existing international order? To answer these questions the book brings together scholars who analyse Russia’s world order policies through the lenses of different theoretical approaches, including the English School, E.H. Carr’s classical realism, social constructivism, and a long durée perspective. Examining Russia’s role in the present world order, with a special focus on Moscow’s relations with the US, China, and the EU, Russia and the Question of World Order will be of great interest to scholars of international relations and Russian foreign policy. The chapters were originally published as a special issue of European Politics and Society.