Russia’s revival

Authored by: Jeffrey Mankoff

The Routledge Handbook of Security Studies

Print publication date:  November  2009
Online publication date:  December  2009

Print ISBN: 9780415463614
eBook ISBN: 9780203866764
Adobe ISBN: 9781135239077


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The past decade has witnessed a revival in Russia’s international role that few could have expected in the chaotic 1990s. The Russia that has emerged in the early twenty-first century is a sometimes uncomfortable amalgam of Soviet nostalgia, nationalist insecurity and the aspiration to be accepted as a fully fledged member of a new Great Powers club (albeit one where economic rather than military power is the most important foundation of a state’s position in the world). Its recent presidents – Vladimir Putin (2000–2008) and Dmitry Medvedev (2008–) have emphasized the need for their country to return to its historic role as a major power, with its priorities dictated solely by its own sense of national interest.

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