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Author Belopolsky, Helen, 1976-

Title Russia and the challengers : Russian alignment with China, Iran, and Iraq in the unipolar era / Helen Belopolsky
Published Basingstoke [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 264 pages)
Series St. Antony's series
St. Antony's series (Palgrave Macmillan (Firm))
Contents Perception and Misperception: Russia Looking Outward and In -- The Russian Institutional Context -- The Wounded Bear and the Rising Dragon -- Partnership with Iran: The Lynchpin of the Axis of Evil? -- Russia and Saddam's Iraq: The Road to Nowhere
Summary Less than two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union, China, Iran and Iraq number among a cadre of Russia's closest friends. The resolute turn to the West which had characterized Russia's early foreign policy strategy, by the mid-1990s, had been tempered by the move to a more reserved policy. Indeed, the Bush Administration has been marked by diplomatic tensions with China, unambiguous intentions to end Iran's nuclear program and the invasion of Iraq. The question becomes why Russia has chosen to jeopardize its embryonic partnership with the West in favour of alignment with 'challenger' states like China, Iran and Iraq. On the surface, it would seem that Russian alignment with these states suggests a strong connection with the United States. The author unpacks preconceptions and examines the true extent to which the American factor interacts with Russian economic, domestic security, and regional objectives in driving Russian foreign policy
Notes "In association with St. Antony's College."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 220-256) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject China -- Foreign relations -- Russia (Federation)
Iran -- Foreign relations -- Russia (Federation)
Iraq -- Foreign relations -- Russia (Federation)
Russia (Federation) -- Foreign relations -- China.
Russia (Federation) -- Foreign relations -- Iran.
Russia (Federation) -- Foreign relations -- Iraq.
Russia (Federation) -- Foreign relations.
Form Electronic book
Author St. Antony's College (University of Oxford)
ISBN 023058327X (electronic bk.)
9780230583276 (electronic bk.)