Red Star East: The Armed Forces of Russia in Asia

By Greg Austin; Alexey D. Muraviev | Go to book overview

Foreword

Red Star East goes to print as Russia is making a most important political transition. Parliamentary elections scheduled for the end of 1999 and Presidential elections scheduled for June 2000 will be landmark events for Russia's future and the future of its armed forces. But the book also goes to print as Russia unleashes a brutal assault on one of its own communities after a series of bomb attacks in Moscow that destroyed whole apartment blocks. This mix of promise and tragedy facing ordinary Russians and their men and women in uniform in late 1999 is probably one of the main conclusions readers will take away from Red Star East.

Russia's armed forces, like the country itself, are in dynamic and volatile evolution. Red Star East offers an account of the main features of this evolution over the decade since the end of the Cold War and the eight years since the break-up of the USSR. But, as part of the 'Armed Forces of Asia' series, the main purpose of the book is to provide a snapshot of the armed forces at the end of the 1990s as they affect Asia-Pacific strategic relationships. The book reviews Russia's strategic policies and its armed forces to answer two questions: what does Russia want to do with its military power in the region; and what could Russia do with its military power in that region? Notwithstanding this Asia-Pacific brief, the book offers an account which I believe will be of broad appeal to anyone interested in Russian strategy and military affairs.

The authors, Greg Austin and Alexey Muraviev, have pooled their talents very effectively in this book. Austin's career over two decades as an outside observer of Soviet strategic affairs and Muraviev's life experience as a young man inside the new Russia provide a synergy of ideas and research that an individual scholar would find almost impossible to match in the time period in

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • The Armed Forces of Asia ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Foreword v
  • Contents vii
  • List of Maps, Tables and Figures viii
  • About the Authors x
  • Preface xii
  • Acknowledgements xv
  • Note on Transliteration of Russian and Citation of Sources xvi
  • 1 - Russia: Rebuilding the State, Reconstituting the Nation 1
  • Conclusion 37
  • 2 - Russia East of the Ural Mountains 39
  • Conclusion 60
  • 3 - National Strategic Policy 62
  • Conclusion 93
  • 4 - Strategic Policy in the Asia-Pacific 96
  • Conclusion 128
  • 5 - Military Doctrine and Force Posture 130
  • Conclusion 180
  • 6 - Nuclear Forces 182
  • Conclusion 202
  • 7 - Naval Forces 204
  • Conclusion 232
  • 8 - Air Forces 234
  • Conclusion 254
  • 9 - Ground Forces 257
  • Conclusion 286
  • 10 - Military Industry and Regional Arms Sales 287
  • Conclusion 312
  • Conclusion 314
  • Appendix 319
  • Notes 323
  • Bibliography 380
  • Index 389
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