Marlene Laruelle is research professor of international affairs and associate director of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. She is codirector of PONARS-Eurasia and director of the Central Asia Program at GW.
Jean Radvanyi is professor of Russian studies and geography at the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Cultures in Paris. He directed the French-Russian Center for Social Sciences and Humanities in Moscow from 2008 to 2012.
List of Figures, Maps, and Tables
1 Territorial Fatigue: New State, New Borders
2 A Troubled Identity: Diversity, Decline, and Migration
3 Society: Fragmented but Reinvented
4 The Political System: A Quest for Consensus
5 The Economy: Is There a Russian Disease?
6 Between Europe and Asia: The Double-Headed Eagle
7 Russia in the World: Besieged Fortress or New Crusader?
At a time when some would argue that understanding Russia is impossible and perhaps even inadvisable, Laruelle and Radvanyi’s new book argues powerfully that not only can we understand Russia, but we must. This timely volume is certain to help many readers—from students to professionals to the simply curious—come to grips with the country that vexes our imaginations more than any other.