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Steven Rosefielde / Russia in the 21st century

titel Russia in the 21st century
subtitel the prodigal superpower
type Non-fictie
isbn 0521836786
uitgave Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2005
categorie RU: Russische federatie
subcategorie Internationale betrekkingen
taal Engels
bladzijden 244
uitleenbaar nee
locatie 6.5.6 - 6.6.7


This book demonstrates that Russia intends to re-emerge as a full fledged superpower before 2010 that would challenge America and China and potentially threaten a new arms race. Contrary to conventional wisdom, this goal is easily within the Kremlin's grasp, but the cost to the Russian people and global security would be immense. A sophisticated strategy is proposed to dissuade President Vladimir Putin from pursuing this destabilizing course. The book also explains why the Soviet Union imploded, why Western experts missed the signs of the collapse, and how Russia has metamorphosized into an authoritarian regime instead of pursuing a transition to fully democratic free enterprise. It demonstrates that the Soviet Union was 'structurally militarized', and that Russia's military industrial complex is intact. The cold war image of the Soviet Union as a westernizing, mass consumption society committed to 'peaceful coexistence' is exposed as a statistical illusion. A critique of American foreign policymaking is also provided that emphasizes the confusion caused by tempering evidence to conform with public expectations by failing to secure the national interest in favor of satisfying a consensus of particular special interests.