Dismantling the West : Russia's Atlantic Agenda

By: Bugajski, JanuszMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandPublisher: Dulles, : Potomac Books Inc., 2009Description: 1 online resource (268 p.)ISBN: 9781597976398Subject(s): Europe -- Foreign relations -- Russia (Federation) | Russia (Federation) -- Foreign relations -- Europe | Russia (Federation) -- Foreign relations -- United States | Russia (Federation) -- Foreign relations -- Western countries | Russia (Federation) -- Strategic aspects | United States -- Foreign relations -- Russia (Federation) | Western countries -- Foreign relations -- Russia (Federation)Genre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Dismantling the West : Russia's Atlantic AgendaDDC classification: 327.470182/1 | 327.4701821 LOC classification: D2025.5.R8 B84 2009Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover; Contents; Introduction: Moscow's Challenge; 1 Russia's Revival; 2 Confronting the United States; 3 Weakening the Alliance; 4 Dominating Europe: Former Empire; 5 Dividing Europe: European Union; 6 Energy as Strategy; 7 Business as Policy; 8 Conclusions: Revitalizing the West; Postscript; Acknowledgments; Notes; Selected Bibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z; About the Author
Summary: Explores the evidence for Russia's long-term imperialist ambitions toward the transatlantic alliance
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Cover; Contents; Introduction: Moscow's Challenge; 1 Russia's Revival; 2 Confronting the United States; 3 Weakening the Alliance; 4 Dominating Europe: Former Empire; 5 Dividing Europe: European Union; 6 Energy as Strategy; 7 Business as Policy; 8 Conclusions: Revitalizing the West; Postscript; Acknowledgments; Notes; Selected Bibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z; About the Author

Explores the evidence for Russia's long-term imperialist ambitions toward the transatlantic alliance

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Bugajski (Center for Strategic and International Studies) analyzes 2007-08 Russian foreign policy and portrays Russia as an expansionary empire bent on overthrowing the post-1991 order. Russia will only feel secure if Europe feels insecure, he argues. Covering relations with NATO, Europe, and the post-Soviet states, the book discusses the aftermath of Kosova's independence and the Russian-Georgian War, the US missile defense plan, and Russian energy diplomacy. The main narrative concludes in December 2008, with a May 2009 postscript. Bugajski provides many interesting details and captures the antagonistic relations with the West that developed by the end of the Bush presidency, but he does not analyze the impact of the new Obama administration (e.g., Secretary of State Clinton is not mentioned). Bugajski does not consider alternative explanations for Russian behavior, and contrary evidence is excluded. There is no discussion of the 2008 economic crisis, which weakened Russia's capacity for power projection. Bugajski mentions the testing of a new submarine nuclear missile, but does not report that the tests failed disastrously. The book will be useful to policy analysts, particularly those already convinced that Russia is an "evil empire," but it assumes the reader is already familiar with events such as the Russian-Georgian War. Summing Up: Optional. Graduate, research, and professional collections. P. Rutland Wesleyan University

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