Widely regarded as the most comprehensive comparative foreign policy text, Foreign Policy in Comparative Perspective has been completely updated in this much-anticipated second edition. The editors have brought together fifteen top scholars to highlight the importance of both internal and external forces in foreign policymaking. Exploring the foreign policies of thirteen nations—both major and emerging players, and representing all regions of the world—chapter authors link the study of international relations to domestic politics, while treating each nation according to individual histories and contemporary dilemmas. The book's accessible theoretical framework is designed to enable comparative analysis, helping students discern patterns to understand why a state acts as it does in foreign affairs. Each of the thirteen country chapters includes: an introduction by the editors to highlight similar developments in other countries; a discussion of the linkages between internal and external factors and implications for the future; coverage of key foreign policy issues; a map to provide geographical context; and a list of suggested readings.
Chapter 5: Russian Foreign Policy: A Quest for Great Power Status in a Multipolar World
Russian Foreign Policy: A Quest for Great Power Status in a Multipolar World
This chapter depicts recent changes in Russia—from a somewhat dysfunctional state in the first decade after the end of the Soviet Union to a more stable and centralized government with a desire and the capabilities to reclaim its status as a great power in world politics. Grounded in historical context and geopolitical realties, current Russian foreign policy can be characterized in Realist terms with the state asserting its interests vis-à-vis other great powers. Mariya Omelicheva also argues, however, that a constructivist focus on Russia's struggle with its self-identity is important for explaining contemporary Russian foreign policy. Inside Russia, ...