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Vladimir Putin and Russian Statecraft (Shapers of International History) Hardcover – September 1, 2011
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U.S.-Russia relations are key to our prosperity and security. Vladimir Putin completed his 12th year as Russia's president in 2011, and after a brief interlude beginning in 2008, has returned to that post. Westerners, especially Americans, condemn Putin for centralizing power, underestimating the extent to which Russia had ceased to function as a competent state by the time Putin assumed power in 1999 - after nearly a decade of botched liberal reforms encouraged and aided by the U.S. Author Lynch believes this background helps explain why Putin most always chooses certainties of command over the risks of freedom. The dangers of disintegration were real, and Putin's preference for order reflected the mood of Russian society. Russians, on the other hand, tend to ignore the fact that under Putin Russia has become more dependent on oil, natural gas and other raw material exports - weakening/delaying its long-term prospects for modernization and fueling massive corruption.Read more ›
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An intriguing and inspiring book. Gives a solid deep analysis into Putin's growth.Published 21 months ago by mengcen
Book very interesting, good insight into the man and his character.Published 23 months ago by Patricia Ann Cochran
This work by Allen Lynch provides an interesting, incisive and relevant analysis of the Russian leader and the various directions in which he leads his country in order to fortify... Read morePublished on May 28, 2014 by JanBear
Kind of dry writing but very interesting, and very appropriate in light of the Ukraine crisis. Gave a great understanding of Putin's tactics and history. Read morePublished on April 11, 2014 by Mark W. Walker