International Studies Review

"Notwithstanding the differences between the two regionalist discourses, the book highlights 'the paramount role' of the West in Russia’s identity-construction process. Russia’s relations with the West are embedded in both the cultural and the economic regionalist discourses. The West is constructed as Russia’s Other, while identity-formation discourses are simultaneously produced in a nexus with Western vocabulary or Western models of integration. As a result, the West remains the nodal point as well as an inspirational source for Russia’s identity-building practices. This interdependence arguably makes interaction imperative. Going against the mainstream interpretations of Russia’s conduct, Kazharski’s valuable contribution thus invites us to ask whether isolation from the West is inevitably Russia’s destiny. Or other destinies might be possible instead."
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Aliaksei Kazharski
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