- Series: A Council on Foreign Relations Book
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; 2 edition (September 22, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1442208252
- ISBN-13: 978-1442208254
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
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Russian Foreign Policy: The Return of Great Power Politics (A Council on Foreign Relations Book) 2nd Edition
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Russian foreign policy has never been explicitly anti-American and Russian leaders have always sought good relations with the United States to the extent that it was compatible with their main goal: Russia is a great power. With this second edition, revised and enlarged, the author hopes to show how this hypothesis remains relevant and shapes the behavior of Russia on the international scene. According J.Mankoff, the statement of Russian foreign policy is the culmination of a process begun under President Yeltsin when the majority of the Russian political elite considered that the integration of Russia in the West was neither possible nor desirable. Despite the presence of some stereotypes widespread in the place of Russia, the richness of the analyzes presented in the book helps in any case to understand the ambitions and aspirations of post-Soviet Russia on the international scene. (The French Journal of Political Science)
Mankoff argues convincingly that there is little reason to believe that Russia will challenge the West or start a confrontation; they are so highly interdependent that any attempt at open confrontation would be reduced to a senseless zero-sum game. Hence—and despite its sometimes-biased overtones—Mankoff’s book is thoroughly researched and provides in-depth knowledge and expertise regarding the contours of Russian foreign-policy thinking. Furthermore, Mankoff has successfully found a balance that makes the book valuable for both informed and uninformed audiences. Anyone with an interest in the thorny issue of Russia’s foreign policy should read this book. (Review of Central and East European Law)
Very well-written. . . . After a lucid analysis of the main forces driving Russian foreign policy, the book turns to the relationship between Russia and some of the major global powers, namely the US, the EU and China. . . . The way in which the book combines rigorous and thorough research work, a clear-cut argumentation and structure, and a very dense but accessible style makes it one of the best available on the subject. Consequently, it should be read by scholars of Russian foreign policy as well as all those interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the topic, all too often treated in a conventional or, worse, partisan way, either justifying or condemning Russia’s foreign policy without explaining it. (The International Spectator)
About the Author
Jeffrey Mankoff is Fellow and Deputy Director of the Russia & Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He was a 2010–11 Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow at the U.S. Department of State.
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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.
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.