The Politics of Security in Modern Russia

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THE POLITICS OF SECURITY IN MODERN RUSSIA, Edited by Mark Gaelotti, Ashgate Publishing Company, Burlington, VT, 2010, 233 pages, $99.95.

The Politics of Security in Modern Russia brings together quality academic research and sound assessments on security and security services in Russian policy development. Editor Mark Gaelotti argues that security is interwoven throughout Russia's history and remains a key part of how Russian governments see themselves.

Even though the relationship between the United States and Russia has been "reset," many aspects of the new rapport are still security-related. Since January 2009, there have been significant agreements and treaties between the two countries, including the ratification of START II by both the United States and Russia, expansion of the Northern Distribution Network, and talk of renewing the Conventional Forces Europe treaty. Terrorist attacks in Russia have underscored the need for greater cooperation on security between the West and Moscow.

Galleotti's compendium addresses the role of security and security services in the development of Russian policy. In regard to the security services, the authors provide clearly articulated, well-researched positions on their current status and potential paths that they may follow in light of uncertain political futures, unclear defense budget priorities, and the pending decline of Russian population and economic capacity.

Three articles will appeal to the Military Review audience, Bettina Renz's "Civil-Military Relations and the Security Apparatus,"

Pavel Baev's "Neither Reform nor Modernization, The Armed Forces Under and After Putin's Command," and C. …