Russian Foreign Policy in Transition

Concepts and Realities
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Russian international relations has undergone profound changes in the last fifteen years that have effected both the Russian view of the world and the outside perspective of the Russian Federation. These changes will undoubtedly play an integral part of Russian foreign relations for years to come. And yet the question remains, how has Russian influence adapted to the post-Soviet world order? In this critical analysis, Andrei Melville sheds light on the complexities of Russian foreign policy from 1991 to 2004.

Divided into three parts, the book presents official translated documents in the first section that outline, among other things, the formation of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), the military doctrine of the Russian Federation, and the agreement on security and cooperation between NATO and Russia. These documents are an essential first step in understanding the shape and context of Russian foreign policy from the demise of the Soviet Union up to the present.

The second section of the book is composed of official statements from Russian leaders who are seeking to define the next generation of Russian international relations. Among the statements is Vladimir Putin's illuminating essay on Russia at the turn of the century. It is here where Putin defines the Russian policy of a strong state, efficient economy, and social solidarity. In addition, former Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov provides a statement on the hopes and obstacles for international relations in the 21st century. The authors of the remaining three papers have also served as Prime Ministers or foreign ministers in the Russian government during the past decade.

The final section of the book is composed of analysis from scholars and Russian foreign policy experts. The analysis addresses a wide range of topics from the crisis in Kosovo to Russian-Chinese relations. Here, the official documents, statements, and policies of the Russian Federation are cast in a different light, bringing to surface the tough questions, the challenges, and the promises that face Russian foreign policy in the future. Putin's "new course" or "foreign policy therapy" is analyzed by specialists who observe their subject at short range.


Introduction, by Andrei Melville and Tatyana Shakleina

Part 1: Documents

1. Agreement on the Establishment of the Commonwealth of Independent States (“Belovezhskiie Agreements”) (1991)

2. Collective Security Treaty (1992)

3. Charter of the Commonwealth of Independent States (1993)

4. Foreign Policy Conception of the Russian Federation (1993)

5. Agreement between the Russian Federation, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Tajikistan and China on Strengthening Mutual Trust in the Military Sphere in the Border Region (Shanghai Declaration) (1996)

6. Founding Act between the Russian Federation and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (1997)

7. Agreement on Establishing the Union of Belarus and Russia (1997)

8. Foreign Policy Conception of the Russian Federation (2000)

9. Military Doctrine of the Russian Federation (2000)

10. National Security Conception of the Russian Federation (2000)

11. Dushanbe Declaration by Presidents of the Republic of Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Russian Federation and Republic of Tajikistan (2000)

12. Statement by the Presidents of the Russian Federation and of the United States of America on Principles of Strategic Stability (2000)

13. Agreement on the Establishment of the Eurasian Economic Community (2000)

14. Strategy for Relations between the Russian Federation and the European Union (2000-2010) (2000)

15. Declaration on the Establishment of the Shanghai Organization of Cooperation (2001)

16. Agreement between the Russian Federation and the United States of America on Reduction of Strategic Potentials (2002)

17. Declaration by the Leaders of the Russian Federation and NATO Member-States (2002)

Part 2: Statements

1. Andrei Kozyrev. Strategy for Partnership // International Affairs (1994, no. 5)

2. Evgenyi Primakov. International Relations on the Eve of the 21st Century: Problems and Perspectives // International Affairs (1996, no. 10)

3. Vladimir Putin. Russia on the Eve of the New Century // Nezavisimaya gazeta (December 30, 1999)

4. Igor Ivanov. Russian Foreign Policy on the Eve of the 21st Century // Russian Foreign Policy. Moscow: MGIMO, 2000

5. Sergei Ivanov. On the New Version of the National Security Conception of the Russian Federation. Moscow: MGIMO, 2000

Part 3: Analysis

1. Anatolyi Torkunov. International Relations after the Kosovo Crisis // International Affairs (1999, no. 12)

2. Alexei Bogaturov. Syndrome of “Absorption” in International Politics and American Foreign Policy // Pro et Contra (1999, vol. 4, no. 4)

3. Alexei Arbatov A. Russian National Security Strategy in a Multipolar World // World Economy and International Relations (2000, no. 10)

4. Andrei Kokoshin. Globalization and National Security Interests // Russia and the World. Moscow, 2001

5. Sergei Rogov. New Turn in Russian-American Relations // September 11, 2001: Reaction of the United States and Russian-American Relations. Moscow: Institute of USA and Canada, 2001

6. Vladimir Lukin. Russian Bridge Over the Atlantic // Russia in Global Politics (2002, no. 1)

7. Viacheskav Nikonov. Back to the Concert // Russia in Global Politics (2002, no. 1)

8. Alexei Salmin. Domestic Factors and Russian Foreign Policy // Politeia (2002, no. 3)

9. Andrei Melville A. Foreign Policy Therapy “a la Dr. Putin” – Cosmopolis (2002, no. 1 (Autumn 2002)

10. Dmitryi Trenin. Putin’s “New Course”: The Change Is Clear. What Is Next? // Briefing Paper. Moscow Carnegie Center (2002, vol.4, no. 6)

"This book is valuable on two counts. It brings together a collection of documents that are essential to understanding Russian foreign policy from 1992 to 2004 and that are not all readily accessible. Additionally it provides analysis by leading Russian scholars of Russia's post-Soviet foreign policy... Summing up: Highly recommended."

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