In a truly contemporary analysis of Moscow's relations with its neighbors and other strategic international actors, Gvosdev and Marsh use a comprehensive vectors approach, dividing the world into eight geographic zones. Each vector chapter looks at the dynamics of key bilateral relationships while highlighting major topical issues—oil and energy, defense policy, economic policy, the role of international institutions, and the impact of major interest groups or influencers—demonstrating that Russia formulates multiple, sometimes contrasting, foreign policies. Providing rich historical context as well as exposure to the scholarly literature, the authors offer an incisive look at how and why Russia partners with some states while it counter-balances others.
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Principal Vectors in Russian Foreign Policy
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1. The Historical Legacy for Contemporary Russian Foreign Policy
2. Vectors and Sectors: The Russian Foreign Policy Mechanism
3. The United States: The Main Enemy or Strategic Partner?
4. The Bear and the Dragon: China and the East Asia Vector
5. The Eurasian Space
6. Eastern Europe: Comrades no More
7. Europe: Russia's "Traditional Orientation"
8. The Near-Eastern Vector
9. Call Across the Himalayas: The South Asia Vector
10. Africa and Latin America: The Southern Vector