Russian Foreign Policy: Sources and Implications

Russian Foreign Policy: Sources and Implications

Russian Foreign Policy: Sources and Implications

Russian Foreign Policy: Sources and Implications

Synopsis

As Russia&'s economy has grown, so have the country&'s global involvement and influence, which often take forms that the United States neither expects nor likes. The authors assess Russia&'s strategic interests and goals, examining the country&'s domestic policies, economic development, security goals, and worldview. They assess implications for U.S. interests and present ways that Washington could work to improve its relations with Moscow.

Excerpt

As Russia’s economy has grown, so have the country’s global involvement and influence. Often, this involvement and influence take forms that the United States neither expects nor likes, as the August 2008 conflict between Russia and Georgia demonstrated. In the United States, policymakers and analysts face an imperative to understand what U.S. interests in Russia are and how they might develop as Russia’s own approaches become more defined. Despite the two countries’ many disagreements and the rising tension between them, the United States and Russia share some key interests and goals.

This study, conducted within RAND Project AIR FORCE’s Strategy and Doctrine Program, assesses Russia’s strategic interests and the factors that influence Russian foreign policy broadly. It examines Russia’s domestic policies, economic development, and views of the world. U.S. interests are then considered in that wider context. We hope that this assessment generates a better understanding of Russia’s viewpoints and thus informs U.S. policy option choices. The research was sponsored by the United States Air Forces in Europe, Director, Plans and Programs (USAFE-A5/8). It presents the results of the study “The View from Moscow: A Strategic Assessment.”

This monograph should be of interest to policymakers and analysts involved in international security and U.S. foreign policy, particularly U.S. policy toward Russia. It will also be of interest to Russia watchers all over the world. Note that the analysis in this monograph is based on more than a year of research, which included travel to Russia and extensive interviews with a wide range of specialists. Research in . . .

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