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The Russian annexation of Crimea was once one of many nice strategic shocks of the prior twenty-five years. for plenty of within the West, Moscow's activities in early 2014 marked the top of illusions approximately cooperation, and the go back to geopolitical and ideological disagreement. Russia, for thus lengthy a peripheral presence, had develop into the important actor in a brand new worldwide drama. during this groundbreaking publication, popular student Bobo Lo analyzes the wider context of the trouble by way of studying the interaction among Russian international coverage and an more and more anarchic foreign atmosphere. He argues that Moscow's method of nearby and international affairs displays the strain among very varied worlds—the perceptual and the actual.

The Kremlin highlights the decline of the West, a resurgent Russia, and the emergence of a brand new multipolar order. yet this idealized view is contradicted by means of a global ailment that demanding situations middle assumptions in regards to the dominance of serious powers and the application of army may. Its lesson is that purely these states that embody swap will prosper within the twenty-first century.

A Russia capable of redefine itself as a latest energy could exert a severe effect in lots of components of overseas politics. yet a Russia that rests on an outmoded experience of entitlement can result as an alternative as one of many important casualties of worldwide transformation.

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