The Foreign Policy of Russia: Changing Systems, Enduring Interests

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This text on contemporary Russian foreign policy identifies continuities in Russia's international behaviour, despite regime changes, and the basic factors structuring these long-established patterns. It also analyzes some of the external and internal forces that influence changes of policy direction, not all of which are predictable. The result is a balanced treatment that should provide readers with the context and the analytical tools needed to understand Russia's past, present and future role in the world.

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Joseph L. Nogee, University of Houston - Robert H. Donaldson, University of Tulsa

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Probably the best-known study of Russia's foreign policy is George F. Kennan's classic Russia and the West Under Lenin and Stalin (LJ 4/15/61). Political scientists Donaldson (Univ. of Tulsa) and Nogee (Univ. of Houston) broaden the focus of Kennan's classic work and offer a sweeping yet concise overview of Russia's role and behavior in international politics. Much of their book serves as background for the authors' chief task: to explain and anticipate the current foreign policy aims of the leaders of the Russian republic. They find a consistent pursuit of balance-of-power politics and military alliances by Russian leaders from tsarist times to the present. Seven key variables are put forth to explain the changing directions of Soviet foreign policy within the framework of an "international system." They cautiously conclude that the current "multipolar" environment might lead to a more cooperative approach by Russia's current leadersAalthough unpredictable personality traits are still a concern. This is a useful title for academic libraries.AThomas A. Karel, Franklin & Marshall Coll. Lib., Lancaster, PA
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