Russian And Ukrainian Politics
The Politics and International Studies program is proud to showcase our Russian and Ukrainian Politics titles. This growing list of titles covers a variety of topics from leading authors and institutions across the globe in Political Science, Policy, Development and International Relations.
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The Statesman's Yearbook snapshot
Maria Lipman and Professor Nikolay Petrov give a breakdown on the current political state of Russia that will affect the country for year to come.
'The transformation of 2014 did not just drastically narrow the range of possible developmental trajectories for Russia, but also set the country on a dead-end course of de-modernization that is dismantling the achievements of post-Soviet development.'
Read the full snapshot here
Read more on this in their book Russia 2025.
Russian–American relations: From Tsarism to Putin
Charles Ziegler’s article in the latest issue of International Politics is now available online for FREE!
More than 20 years after the collapse of Soviet communism Russian–American relations remain plagued by mistrust and hostility. With Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March 2014, Moscow’s support for violent separatists in eastern Ukraine and the imposition of Western sanctions on Russian leaders, observers began referring to a new Cold War. The relationship between the two nations has not always been so troubled – before the twentieth century American–Russia relations were quite friendly and productive.
So what explains the evolution of this uniquely hostile relationship? Ziegler seeks a better understanding of the current US–Russian relationship by examining its origins.
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Russia – perhaps more restrained and less powerful than you think?
Palgrave authors Brandon Valeriano and Ryan C. Maness share their thoughts in a guest article on The Washington Post.
"Debates about the origins of Russia’s intervention into Ukraine have typically taken as given Russia’s position as a muscular, capable regional power, engaged in what Realists regard as power maximization. This perspective suggests the moves by Russia were caused by external forces and NATO’s move east, with conquest of the former Soviet space an inevitable response. Critics of this perspective suggest that Russia’s aggression was motivated either by the price of oil or domestic concerns, but nonetheless with Russian power on display. When we consider the outcomes of past episodes of Russian aggression, however, a very different conclusion appears warranted: the Russian state actually appears to be both a relatively weak and restrained power that struggles to assert hegemony in post-Soviet space..."
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Key series on Russian and Ukrainian politics
Politics and History in Central Asia
Edited by Timur Dadabaev is an Associate Professor at the University of Tsukuba, Japan
There are very few similar series focusing on Central Asia. These studies and depictions of regional developments pay little attention to the perceptions and attitudes of the smaller Central Asian states, both towards the larger institutions in general and towards larger states that have ambitions to play leading roles in this regions such as China, Russia, the US, Turkey and Iran. The lack of studies on these issues and motivations of Central Asian states, however, leads to the inability to understand whether this region will continue to be dominated by old-fashioned real-politic perceptions frequently referred to as 'new Great game' or if it could potentially develop beyond such an old analytical framework and move, for instance, towards new understanding of Central Asian states in which they are regarded as fully-fledged actors of global politics.
Thus, this series calls upon new more nuanced understanding of the patterns of mutual perceptions in Central Asia, which extend beyond simplistic depictions of this region being dominated by one or several global actors. Touching upon these issues will elucidate the attitudes of the Central Asian regional countries towards various developments in recent history of this region and their expectations from international community which include but are not limited to regional security, counter-terrorism and economy (in particular, energy)related projects.
If you have a project that may fit with the series, you can contact Rachel Krause at Rachel.Krause@macmillan.com