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)
"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."
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