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Russian Foreign Policy in Transition
Concepts and Realities


Editors: Andrei Melville is Vice-Rector at Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University).

Tatiana Shakleina - Chief, Department of Foreign Policy Studies, Institute of the USA and Canada Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences

English translation: Anna Yastrzhembska

"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." - Choice

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; Part I Documents Part II Statements Strategy for Partnership, Andrei Kozyrev International Relations on the Eve of the 21st Century: Problems and Prospects, Yevgeny Primakov Russia at the Turn of the Millennium, Vladimir Putin Russian Foreign Policy on the Eve of the 21st Century: Problems of Formation, Development and Continuity, Igor Ivanov On the New Version of the National Security Conception of the Russian Federation, Sergei Ivanov Part III Analysis International Relations After the Kosovo Crisis, Anatoly Torkunov The Syndrome of "Absorption" in International Politics, Aleksei Bogaturov Russia's Security in a Multipolar World, Aleksei Arbatov The Phenomenon of Globalization and National Security Interests, Andrei Kokoshin A New Turn in Russian-American Relations, Sergei Rogov The Russian Bridge Over the Atlantic, Vladimir Lukin Back to the Concert, Vyacheslav Nikonov The Backside of Foreign Policy: Internal Factors in the System of International Ties, Obligations and Projects of the Russian Federation, Aleksei Salmin Foreign Policy Therapy "A la Dr Putin" , Andrei Melville Putin's "New Course" Is Now Firmly Set: What Next?, Dmitri Trenin The Chances and Challenges of the New World, Sergei Karaganov Do We Need Reform of Russian Foreign Policy?, Yuriy Fyodorov List of Contributors; Index

510 pages
ISBN 978-963-7326-18-9 cloth $54.95 / € 41.95 / £28.95