Gvosdev and Marsh's text covers not only contemporary Russian policies towards the various regions of the world, but also looks at the interactions between the various constituencies that shape and influence Russian foreign policy.
In a truly contemporary analysis of Moscow's relations with its neighbours and other strategic international actors, Gvosdev and Marsh use a comprehensive vectors approach, dividing the world into eight geographic zones. Each vector chapter looks at the dynamics of key bilateral relationships while highlighting major topical issues - oil and energy, defence policy, economic policy, the role of international institutions, and the impact of major interest groups or influencers - demonstrating that Russia formulates multiple, sometimes contrasting, foreign policies. Providing rich historical context as well as exposure to the scholarly literature, the authors offer an incisive look at how and why Russia partners with some states while it counter-balances others.
List of Tables, Figures, and Map
Principal Vectors in Russian Foreign Policy
About the Editors
The Challenges Facing Russia
1. The Historical Legacy for Contemporary Russian Foreign Policy
The Soviet Legacy
2. Vectors and Sectors: The Russian Foreign Policy Mechanism
The Constitutional Structure: President and Prime Minister
Searching for a Role: The Legislature
The Position of the Foreign Ministry: One Actor Among Many
The Regional Governments
The State Companies and Private Business
The Nongovernmental Organizations
Russian National Security Decision Making
The Principal Vectors
3. The United States: The Main Enemy or Strategic Partner?
Legacy of the Cold War
Gorbachev: The Search for Condominium
The Yeltsin Era and "Tainted Transactions"
Putin-Bush and Obama-Medvedev: Soul Connections?
Some Enduring Obstacles
Institutionalizing the Relationship
The Balance Sheet
4. The Bear and the Dragon: China and the East Asia Vector
Triangular Relations: Opportunities and Challenges
The Dragon Turns to the Bear
The Bear Embraces the Dragon
The Bear Arms the Dragon
An Emerging Strategic Alliance?
Mending Fences: Russia-Japan Relations
Korea: Unparalleled Relations
Vietnam: Moscow's Toehold in Southeast Asia
Setting Its Eyes on Asia
5. The Eurasian Space
The Disintegration of the Soviet Union
The Eurasian Vision
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
The Frozen Conflicts
The Georgia-Russia War and Its Aftermath
The Ties That Bind
A Eurasian Convergence Zone?
The Eurasian Union: USSR Lite?
Putin's Eurasian Dream
6. Eastern Europe: Comrades no More
The Second World War and the Creation of the Soviet Bloc
1989-1999: The Attempt to Preserve Eastern Europe
The Baltics and Beyond: NATO's Reach East
From Tragedy to Reconciliation? Developments in Russia-Poland Relations
Russian Impotence in the Balkans
Moscow's "Ruble Diplomacy" and Russia's Return to Eastern Europe
7. Europe: Russia's "Traditional Orientation"
Russia and the European Union Since the Soviet Collapse
The Russo-German Relationship
The Russian Relationship with France
The Overlooked Partnership: Italy and Russia
The Bulldog and the Bear: Russia and Great Britain
The Arctic Dimension
8. The Near-Eastern Vector
Russia-Turkey: The Unexpected Partnership
Israel: "Practically a Russian-Speaking Country"?
Russia-Saudi Arabia: The Start of a Rapprochement?
Traditional Arab Partners
Moscow's Traditional Ally Syria
The Transformation of Russian-Iranian Relations
9. Call Across the Himalayas: The South Asia Vector
The Immediate Post-Soviet Policy
The Failed Rapprochement with Pakistan?
The Model Partnership: India
The Russia-India-China Troika
Drivers of the Indo-Russian Entente
10. Africa and Latin America: The Southern Vector
The Return to Africa
Latin America Beckons
Building the BRICS