Russia's Foreign Policy: Change and Continuity in National Identity (The New International Relations of Europe)

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This clear and comprehensive text explores the past quarter-century of Soviet/Russian international relations, comparing foreign policy formation under Gorbachev, Yeltsin, and Putin. Challenging conventional views of Moscow's foreign policy, Andrei Tsygankov takes a constructivist approach to argue that definitions of national interest depend on visions of national identity and that national identity is rooted both in history and domestic politics. Yet the author also highlights the role of the external environment in affecting the balance of power among competing domestic groups. Drawing on an impressive mastery of both Russian and Western sources, Andrei P. Tsygankov shows how Moscow's policies have shifted under different leaders' visions of Russia's national interests. He gives an overview of the ideas and pressures that motivated Russian foreign policy in four different periods: the Gorbachev era of the late 1980s, the liberal 'Westernizers' era under Kozyrev in the early 1990s, the relatively hardline statist policy under Primakov, and the more pragmatic statist policy under Putin. Evaluating the successes and failures of Russia's foreign policies, Tsygankov explains its many turns as Russia's identity and interaction with the West have evolved. Instructor Manual (passcoded)

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Andrei P. Tsygankov is associate professor of international relations/political science at San Francisco State University.

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One of the most exciting younger scholars dealing with post-communist Russia's foreign policy, Andrei Tsygankov is uniquely qualified to explain some of the lesser-known aspects of Russian politics. His concern for students and his willingness to clarify the complexities of policy formation shine through in a book that will be required reading for all those interested in Russia's international behavior. (Korbonski, Andrzej)

A very accessible text for both instructors and students. (Tina Mavrikos-Adamou)

Andrei Tsygankov has written a relatively brief and well-documented summary of the main directions of Russia's foreign policy from the Gorbachev period through the fifth year of Putin's presidency. (The Russian Review)

A very coherent analysis. . . . There are few studies that so convincingly demonstrate how Russia's foreign policy has been consistently determined in large part by Moscow's relationship and attitudes towards the 'West'. . . . An excellent book. (Seer)

Simply the best undergraduate textbook on contemporary Russian foreign policy available today. (Hopf, Theodore)

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