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Russia: A Return To Imperialism?

Uri Ra'anan and Kate Martin, eds.
St. Martin's Press, 1996

After the collapse of the USSR, it was widely accepted that Russia no longer constituted a serious threat to international stability and Western interests. Russia: A Return to Imperialism? presents the first major challenge to that assumption. Uri Ra'anan and Kate Martin have assembled a group of experts to look closely at Russia's present and future role in world politics. The authors cover a wide range of issues, including Russia's relations with Ukraine and Belarus'; East European Security and Russia's relationship with NATO; and President Bill Clinton's foreign policy with Russia. The book portrays Russia as a country showing increasing imperialist tendencies; and the West as ignoring those tendencies. The contributors express alarm over the apparant lack of Western attention and urge further scrutiny of Russia's policies. Informative and fascinating, Russia: A Return to Imperialism? is essential reading for anyone interested in foreign affairs and the political balance of our world.

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Table of Contents

Uri Ra'anan

I. The Neo-Imperial Theme:
History and Motivations; Doctrines and Operations; Claims and International Law
1. Neo-Imperialism: The Underlying Factors
Sergei Grigoriev
2. Imperial Elements in Russia's Doctrines and Operations
Uri Ra'anan
3. Peacekeeping: Russia's Emerging Practice
Harry H. Almond, Jr.

II. The Targets:
The "Nearest Abroad"; the "Near Abroad"; the "Far Abroad"
4. The "Nearest Abroad": Russia's Relations with Ukraine and Belarus'
Adrian Karatnycky
5. Revisiting Russia's Turbulent Rim: Caucasus, Central Asia, and Moldova
Ariel Cohen
6. NATO, Russia, and East European Security
Mark Kramer

III. The Western Response:
NATO; the United States (Descriptive); the United States (Prescriptive)
7. Decline, in Character: Muffing NATO's Opportunity
Angelo Codevilla
8. Clinton's Russia Policy: Between Desire and Reality
Paul Quinn-Judge
9. Turning the Cold War on Its Head: The Costs for Russia, Its Neighbors, and the U.S.
Paul Goble

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