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Russia and the New World Disorder

Lo, Bobo

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ISBN 10: 0815726090 / ISBN 13: 9780815726098
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What are the origins of this increasingly aggressive stance? What are the geopolitical ramifications? And what will be the likely outcomes? This book examines the interplay between contemporary Russian foreign policy and a global environment that has rarely been more fluid and uncertain. Num Pages: 336 pages. BIC Classification: 1DVUA; JPS. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 155 x 231 x 28. Weight in Grams: 562. . 2015. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780815726098

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Title: Russia and the New World Disorder

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press with Chatham House

Binding: Soft cover

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Led by the ubiquitous Vladimir Putin, Russia has strongly reasserted itself on the international stage. In the worldview of Putin and the Kremlin, the inevitable decline of the West and rise of the rest provides an opportunity for Russia to fulfill its mission as an independent center of global power. What are the origins of this increasingly aggressive stance? What are the geopolitical ramifications? And what will be the likely outcomes? In this timely and accessible work, former diplomat and renowned Russia analyst Bobo Lo examines the interplay between contemporary Russian foreign policy and a global environment that has rarely been more fluid and uncertain.

Russia and the New World Disorder delves into Russian policy and geopolitics via three questions:

How do Russia's domestic politics and external operating environment influence the Kremlin's foreign policy?

How have policymakers in Moscow responded to that environment, and with what ramifications?

What are the prospects for change, continuity, or regression in Russian foreign policy over the next decade and beyond?

Lo argues that Moscow's approach to regional and global affairs reflects the tension between two very different worlds. The Kremlin's belief in a weakening West and subsequent rise of Russia reaffirms traditional principles of international politics: collective leadership by the major powers, the dominance of hard power, the existence of spheres of influence, and the primacy of national sovereignty.

This idealized view, however, is the antithesis of the actual world that Russia faces today. It is defined by a new disorder that challenges many core assumptions. Its principal message is that only those states that embrace change will prosper. In this world, Russia is no longer able to rest on tradition and a sense of entitlement but must instead adapt to fluid international realities and redefine itself as a modern power.

Which of these two diametrically opposed worlds will Russia ultimately choose? This book makes clear that the next 10 to 15 years will be critical in determining whether Russia plays a leading role in twenty-first century politics, or ends up as one of the principal casualties of global transformation.

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The Russian annexation of Crimea was one of the great strategic shocks of the past twenty-five years. For many in the West, Moscow's actions in early 2014 marked the end of illusions about cooperation, and the return to geopolitical and ideological confrontation. Russia, for so long a peripheral presence, had become the central actor in a new global drama. In this groundbreaking book, renowned scholar Bobo Lo analyzes the broader context of the crisis by examining the interplay between Russian foreign policy and an increasingly anarchic international environment. He argues that Moscow's approach to regional and global affairs reflects the tension between two very different worlds?the perceptual and the actual.

The Kremlin highlights the decline of the West, a resurgent Russia, and the emergence of a new multipolar order. But this idealized view is contradicted by a world disorder that challenges core assumptions about the dominance of great powers and the utility of military might. Its lesson is that only those states that embrace change will prosper in the twenty-first century.

A Russia able to redefine itself as a modern power would exert a critical influence in many areas of international politics. But a Russia that rests on an outdated sense of entitlement may end up instead as one of the principal casualties of global transformation.

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