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Russian Foreign Policy: The Return of Great Power Politics (Council on Foreign Relations Books (Rowman & Littlefield)) Paperback – March 16, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0742557956 ISBN-10: 0742557952

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Product Details

  • Series: Council on Foreign Relations Books (Rowman & Littlefield)
  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0742557952
  • ISBN-13: 978-0742557956
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,259,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For students and scholars of international affairs, there is no better choice regarding Russian foreign relations. (Library Journal)

Mankoff explores in detail the ups and downs in U.S.-Russian relations, Russia's complex interaction with Europe, its relations with Asia, and the course of its dealings with its post-Soviet neighbors. The analysis is balanced and rich. (Foreign Affairs)

Mankoff has produced an extremely valuable account of Russian foreign policy, which manages to be both comprehensive and concise in its treatment of the subject. It has a lot to offer not just to the general reader, but also to the specialist seeking to understand recent events in their proper historical context. (International Affairs)

This is truly an excellent book. From the factual as well as from the interpretive point of view, it is suitable for both the specialist and nonspecialist reader searching for a serious, historical explanation of the direction of Russian foreign policy in the immediate post-Yeltsin era. Highly recommended. (CHOICE)

Jeffrey Mankoff's analysis of Russian foreign policy is a carefully researched, sober assessment of Russia's strategy for return to international significance. (Daniel R. Kempton The Russian Review)

Jeffrey Mankoff’s analysis of Russia’s foreign policy is a serious and well-researched exercise in understanding the complexities of a country still in search of its post-communist, post-imperial identity. Russia is no longer on a path to Western integration; but it still struggles with what it means to be a great power in the twenty-first century. (Dmitri Trenin, Carnegie Moscow Center)

It was refreshing to read a book that was so well written. Using both Western and Russian sources, the author carefully researches and analyzes controversial issues in Russian foreign policy but does so in an evenhanded and nuanced way. (Gordon Smith, University of South Carolina)

With this book, Jeffrey Mankoff has established himself as the best young American analyst of post-Cold War Russia. This careful and clear assessment of Putin's grand strategy should be required reading for the Obama administration, as well as for anyone else interested in Russia's rapid but fragile resurgence as a great power in twenty-first-century world politics. (John Lewis Gaddis, Yale University)

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"It was refreshing to read a book that was so well written. Using both Western and Russian sources, the author carefully researches and analyzes controversial issues in Russian foreign policy but does so in an evenhanded and nuanced way." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By W Boudville HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 4, 2010
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Russia is a vast and still powerful country, and this recent book delves into the travails of its foreign policies. The sheer number of countries that Russia borders ensures a tangle of interests and policies. Much attention is paid to how Russia uneasily deals with the expansion of NATO and the European Union into eastern Europe; hitherto a Soviet preserve.

But maybe the most interesting sections of the book discuss the relationship with China. In the last 20 years, China's economy has grown enormously, while Russia spent the 90s in breathtaking collapse. The author reminds us that the Russian recovery of the 00s was in no small part due to the voracious Chinese demand for oil, gas and minerals. Of these, Russia is the world's largest exporter of gas and the second largest of oil. The complementary aspects of Russia and China helped both.

Along with this, the settling of many border disputes, along the world's longest border, was a key achievement of both sides. While the Chinese imports of Russian weapons also kept the Russian military industrial complex afloat in the 90s. But Russian wariness of future Chinese ambitions is shown in the way that the Russian government under Putin has blocked direct Chinese investments in strategic industries.

The reader can see that the small population of the Russian Far East, less than 20 million, compared to over 60 million in just one northern Chinese province, raises interesting questions for future demographics, and even possibly political control.
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By JD on March 11, 2013
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As a note I read the book about a year and a half ago so maybe a bit is forgotten.

I LOVED this book and I had to read it for a class then write a review for it. I actually ENJOYED reading it, how often does it happen that people enjoy reading something like that? I enjoy politics so that may also have been a factor but it really does read like a novel. Its easy to understand and read while using direct RUSSIAN sources something that is incredibly valuable when writing on this subject.

Mankoff broke the book down into different chapters with what could be called "schools of thought" that focus on differing views of international/national policies; primarily four of them. It really shows a great deal of how Russian leaders think and how they perceive the world especially "The West" and the United States in particular and China. If you want to know what Russian leadership is thinking about the world read this book as he, Mankoff, stretches back to the Soviet Union for history and background up to the modern day.

It really does a fantastic job of exploring a country like Russia which can be difficult today and is easy to read and understand. READ IT.
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This book will appeal to the student, scholar, and those that are just interested in Russia from a more general perspective. It's readability makes it a good bet for those who enjoy reading scholarly work, but don't want to have to study the text to ensure they grasp its implications. Good balance to meet diverse interest levels.
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Mankoff is a great source for Russian foreign policy. This book is an easy read for those in this area of study, and Mankoff expertly explains Russia and its relationship with its playmates on this big global playground.
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