Global Security Watch -- Russia: A Reference Handbook

Global Security Watch -- Russia: A Reference Handbook

Global Security Watch -- Russia: A Reference Handbook

Global Security Watch -- Russia: A Reference Handbook

Synopsis

To help readers understand the current state of this crucially important country, Global Security Watch-Russia: A Reference Handbook provides a comprehensive overview of the main foreign and defense policies of the Russian Federation.

Global Security Watch-Russia focuses on political-military developments in the nation that emerged in the aftermath of the Soviet Union's collapse in December 1991. The book looks at a variety of factors that characterize Russia's position in world security matters, such as its leading position as an arms exporter and its still-overwhelming nuclear capability. Coverage includes critical recent events, such as the growing alienation between Russia and the West, the August 2008 Georgian War, and the effects of the global financial crisis on Russia's vulnerable economy.

Excerpt

Russia remains the most important global security actor besides the United States. in addition to being a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and a leading exporter of oil and natural gas, the Russian Federation possesses one of the largest conventional military forces in the world. Above all, Russia retains sufficient offensive nuclear forces to destroy the United States or any other country. Russia has also pursued a more activist international security policy in recent years with other major global security actors. Yet, Russia faces a period of profound uncertainty due to its economic vulnerabilities, unclear political transition, and excessive reliance on hard power assets to advance its main security goals.

This book seeks to provide a comprehensive overview of the main foreign and defense policies of the Russian Federation in order to help the reader assess this important country. Although the text provides some coverage of the Soviet period, the focus is on political-military developments since Russia became an independent country following the Soviet Union’s collapse in December 1991. Events during the last few years, especially the growing alienation between Russia and the West, the August 2008 Russia-Georgia War, and the slowdown of the Russian economy, receive the most attention.

The first chapter summarizes the key trends and issues affecting the Russian Federation during its short but eventful history. the leaders of the new Russian state faced unprecedented challenges after the Soviet Union suffered catastrophic demographic, economic, and territorial losses that approximated what might have occurred in a major nuclear war. They had to accomplish a triple transformation, moving from a Soviet single-party political system based on a command economy and a global empire that prioritized defense spending to a federal . . .

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