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The New Russian Foreign Policy
The New Russian Foreign Policy
Edited by Michael Mandelbaum
Council on Foreign Relations Press, 1998, 202 pp

Five seasoned authors draw the outlines of Russian foreign policy and bring events up to date. Each also takes an important dimension of Russian foreign policy -- Leon Aron, domestic politics, Sherman W. Garnett, relations with Ukraine and other new neighbors to the west, Rajan Menon, with new neighbors to the south, and Coit D. Blacker, with the West -- and fashions a sophisticated framework for understanding the deeper sources of Russian behavior. Mandelbaum adds a trademark concise, thoughtful background introduction, including intelligent speculation on various paths still open to the Russians. The "new" foreign policy refers to the harder, more self-absorbed line Moscow has adopted since 1993. It is not, the authors argue, as neo-imperialist and anti-Western as some have argued. But, they concede, a great deal of sorting out remains to be done, requiring the West to be less on edge than attentive to the forces pushing Russia one way or the other, as well as skillful when weighing in.