Now fully updated and revised, this clear and comprehensive text explores the past thirty years of Soviet/Russian international relations, comparing foreign policy formation under Gorbachev, Yeltsin, Medvedev, and Putin. Challenging conventional views of Moscow’s foreign policy, Andrei Tsygankov shows that definitions of national interest depend on visions of national identity and is rooted both in history and domestic politics. Yet the author also highlights the role of the external environment in affecting the balance of power among competing domestic groups. Drawing on both Russian and Western sources, Tsygankov shows how Moscow’s policies have shifted under different leaders’ visions of Russia’s national interests. He gives an overview of the ideas and pressures that motivated Russian foreign policy in six different periods: the Gorbachev era of the late 1980s, the liberal “Westernizers” era under Kozyrev in the early 1990s, the relatively hardline statist policy under Primakov, the more pragmatic course of limited cooperation under Putin and then Medvedev, and the assertive policy Putin has implemented since his return to power. Evaluating the successes and failures of Russia’s foreign policies, Tsygankov explains its many turns as Russia’s identity and interaction with the West have evolved. The book concludes with reflections on the emergence of the post-Western world and the challenges it presents to Russia’s enduring quest for great-power status.
Andrei P. Tsygankov is professor in the Departments of Political Science and International Relations at San Francisco State University.
Note on the Transliteration
Chronology of Key Foreign Policy Events, 1985–2022
1 Understanding Change and Continuity in Russia’s Foreign Policy
2 The Cold War Crisis and Soviet New Thinking, 1985-1991
3 The Post–Soviet Decline and Attempts at Cooperation, 1991-2004
4 Recovery and Assertiveness, 2005-2019
5 From Assertiveness to Isolation? 2019-2022
6 Conclusions and Lessons
Topics for Discussion or Simulation
About the Author
A welcomed updating of this classic text. Sophisticated and accessible, Russia’s Foreign Policy, 6e is an essential reading for all those seeking to understand the dynamics, evolution, and complexities of Russian foreign policy.
This newest edition of Russia's Foreign Policy: Change and Continuity in National Identity, as earlier ones, provides a superb treatment of Russian foreign policy by one of the leading analysts in the field. Tsygankov is especially strong in his focus on the factors that influence the decision making, not just on the policy and its successes and failures.
In this sixth edition Andrei Tsygankov demonstrates once again his wide ranging and in depth knowledge of Russian foreign policy and domestic politics. Importantly, he never loses sight of the longue duree of Russian politics and history, situating more contemporary events in the appropriate cultural and historical context. This book is invaluable in showing how Russian foreign policy is situated in civilizational discourses which are increasingly relevant across the globe.
Challenges conventional approaches to Russian foreign policy by taking a constructivist approachPresents a new approach to Moscow's foreign policy by linking it to continuity and change in Russia's national identity and relationships with the West
Offers a systematic assessment of Russia’s attempts to cooperate with the West and to asserts its interests unilaterally
Offers an innovative analysis of Russia's distinctive concepts of national interest Evaluates the relative success or failure of Russian foreign policy initiatives over time
Ideal for courses in Russian foreign policy and comparative foreign policyConsiders US policy options
A new structure that sharpens focus on Russia’s attempts to cooperate with the West and to asserts its interests unilaterally
A comprehensive new chapter on Russia’s search for a new foreign policy direction An updated chronology of Russia’s foreign policy eventsAn updated list of essays and questions for discussion and simulation for each chapterAn updated conclusionAn updated list of key sources on Russia’s foreign policy