Category: Russian Former Soviet Union

Russia and Islam: A Historical Survey by G. Yemelianova

By G. Yemelianova

The top of communism has revived the ancient debate approximately Russia's family members with either the West and the East. a few commentators seen the Russian-Chechen battle as a conflict of civilizations, which might form the long run relationships among the hot Russia and its Muslim outer edge and maybe bring about its disintegration. however the truth has challenged this situation. This e-book surveys the private and non-private family among Russia and Islam and concludes those are extra advanced than is mostly well-known.

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The Craft of Political Analysis for Diplomats by Raymond F. Smith

By Raymond F. Smith

Until the new unauthorized unencumber of hundreds of thousands of labeled country division cables, public cognizance used to be hardly interested in the usually extraordinary political research performed by way of American diplomats overseas. the prevailing literature on international relations has heretofore been restricted to memoirs of former diplomats and analyses of overseas affairs via diplomats, lecturers, and imagine tanks. The Craft of Political Analysis bargains a clean process, person who presents a context for reading this embassy reporting and a advisor to knowing the paintings that went on backstage to provide it. writer Raymond F. Smith combines a practitioner’s own view of what's required to do strong diplomatic political research together with his knowing of the social clash and alter that trained his paintings for the kingdom division. Smith basically explains every little thing the international carrier candidate or expert, in addition to the layman, must learn about crafting political research, together with find out how to write for the analyst’s meant viewers, easy methods to make top use of the highbrow and analytical instruments of the alternate, what occurs while the analyst’s perspectives fluctuate from executive coverage, and why political research dangers changing into inappropriate, although it continues to be urgently wanted. moreover, The Craft of Political research for Diplomats positive aspects case reports utilizing legally declassified cables now not incorporated within the Wikileaks release. The first is equipped round 4 hugely limited Embassy Moscow cables at the cave in of the Soviet Union; the second one contains cables at the Arab-Israeli clash that acquired the nation Department’s maximum award for political research. chosen for the Diplomats and international relations sequence of the organization for Diplomatic reviews and coaching (ADST) and DACOR, a company of overseas affairs professionals.

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The USSR in Third World Conflicts: Soviet Arms and Diplomacy by Bruce D. Porter

By Bruce D. Porter

This can be a thorough and complex learn of 1 of the main severe present concerns in global politics. Bruce Porter examines Soviet coverage and behavior in 3rd global conflicts within the postwar interval, focusing relatively on 5 examples: the Yemeni civil conflict, the Nigerian civil conflict, the Yom Kippur conflict, the Angolan civil conflict, and the Ogaden struggle. Aiming to light up a number of advanced tactical and operational points of the USSR's coverage in neighborhood conflicts, the writer attracts on a large and eclectic diversity of resources. He can pay shut recognition to the Soviet position as fingers provider and diplomatic actor relating to either US coverage and the dynamics of the neighborhood clash, and he concludes with a cautious attention of the effectiveness of Soviet coverage and of the results for the us.

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Security Threats and Public Perception: Digital Russia and by Elizaveta Gaufman

By Elizaveta Gaufman

Countless makes an attempt at interpreting Russia’s activities concentrate on Putin to appreciate Russia’s army imbroglio in Ukraine, hostility in the direction of the US, and disdain of ‘Gayropa’. This publication invitations its readers to seem past the guy and delve into the net lives of hundreds of thousands of Russians. It asks now not the query of what the threats are to Russia’s protection, yet what they're appeared to be via electronic Russia.

The writer examines how enemy photos are synthetic, threats magnified, stereotypes revived, stories implanted and fears harnessed. It seems on the legacy of the Soviet Union in shaping discussions starting from the Ukraine concern to the Pussy Riots trial, and explores the advanced inter-relation among enemy photos on the governmental point and their articulation via most of the people. via drawing at the fields of diplomacy, reminiscence reports, visible experiences, and massive information, this e-book addresses the query of why securitization succeeds – and why it fails.

"Security idea meets the visible flip and is going to Russia, the place outdated tsarist and Soviet tropes are flooding the net in help of Putin's neo-tsarism. a mystical secret travel that comes recommended.

Iver B. Neumann, writer of "Russia and the assumption of Europe"

“The novelty of her method is in going past the normal most sensible down viewpoint and taking pictures the receptivity and contribution of assorted social teams to securitized discourses.”

Andrei P.Tsygankov, writer of "Russia's international coverage: switch and Continuity in nationwide Identity".

“When do frightening proclamations of defense threats allure an viewers? whilst does securitization paintings? ‘Security Threats and Public belief’ combines in-depth research of the Ukraine drawback within the Russian electronic media with discourse conception to make an cutting edge argument approximately how and while humans think that they're insecure. A needs to read!”

Laura Sjoberg, Assistant Professor of Political technological know-how, collage of Florida, USA

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Roots of Russia’s War in Ukraine by Elizabeth Wood, William Pomeranz, E. Wayne Merry, Maxim

By Elizabeth Wood, William Pomeranz, E. Wayne Merry, Maxim Trudolyubov

In February 2014, Russia initiated a battle in Ukraine, its purposes for aggression uncertain. every one of this volume's authors bargains a different interpretation of Russia's motivations, untangling the social, historic, and political components that created this battle and constantly reignite its tensions. What triggered President Vladimir Putin to ship troops into Crimea? Why did the clash unfold to japanese Ukraine with Russian aid? What does the struggle say approximately Russia's political, fiscal, and social priorities, and the way does the main issue reveal transformations among the ecu and Russia concerning foreign jurisdiction? Did Putin's obsession along with his macho picture commence this battle, and is it combating its answer? The exploration of those and different questions provides historians, political watchers, and theorists an effective seize of the occasions that experience destabilized the quarter.

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The World Island: Eurasian Geopolitics and the Fate of the by Alexandros Petersen

By Alexandros Petersen

The twentieth century was once ruled via 3 visions of Eurasian geopolitics: "The global Island," "Containment," and "Prometheism." the area Island: Eurasian Geopolitics and the destiny of the West posits a fourth imaginative and prescient of Eurasian geopolitics: the 21st-century Geopolitical procedure for Eurasia.Through an unique and accomplished research and synthesis of the tips of Sir Halford Mackinder, George Kennan, and Jozef Pilsudski, this name reestablishes basic Western strategic targets. It analyzes the nation of and strength for Western engagement with China, Afghanistan, Turkey, Russia, and different Eurasian states and units out what's at stake for the West within the Eurasian theater. selling a strong technique to additional and shield crucial Western values, the writer argues for the improvement of alternate and effort hyperlinks, coupled with the promoting of excellent governance and the facilitation of coverage independence, integration, and Western-orientation one of the Eurasian international locations.

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Identities and Foreign Policies in Russia, Ukraine and by Stephen White, Valentina Feklyunina

By Stephen White, Valentina Feklyunina

This booklet maps altering definitions of statehood in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus due to their exclusion from an increasing Europe. The authors research the perceptions of where of every country within the foreign political method and its overseas coverage offerings, and draw comparisons around the quarter.

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Yugoslavism: Histories of a Failed Idea, 1918-1992 by Dejan Djokic

By Dejan Djokic

This quantity explores ancient, political, social, diplomatic, and financial elements of the Yugoslav idea—"Yugoslavism"—between the construction of the country in 1918 and its dissolution within the early Nineteen Nineties. the major topic that emerges is that Yugoslavism was once a fluid suggestion, understood otherwise at various instances by way of numerous leaders, social teams, and the member states that comprised Yugoslavia. There by no means was once a unmarried definition of who and what was once (or was once no longer) "Yugoslav," and this contributed to the final word failure of the Yugoslav inspiration and the Yugoslav nation. those essays, through students from the previous Yugoslavia and from the West, examine the interaction of the states and peoples of Yugoslavia and on the roles performed by means of intellectuals, leaders, and associations, either secular and religious.

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The Collective and the Individual in Russia: A Study of by Oleg Kharkhordin

By Oleg Kharkhordin

Oleg Kharkhordin has developed a compelling, sophisticated, and intricate family tree of the Soviet person who is as a lot approximately Michel Foucault because it is set Russia. analyzing the interval from the Russian Revolution to the autumn of Gorbachev, Kharkhordin demonstrates that social gathering rituals--which compelled every one Communist to mirror intensely and many times on his or her "self," a completely novel event for a lot of them--had their antecedents within the Orthodox Christian practices of doing penance within the public gaze. Individualization in Soviet Russia happened throughout the intensification of those public penitential practices instead of the personal confessional practices which are attribute of Western Christianity. He additionally unearths that objectification of the person in Russia trusted practices of mutual surveillance between friends, instead of at the hierarchical surveillance of subordinates by means of superiors that characterised the West. the consequences of this booklet extend well past its wonderful research of the relationship among Bolshevism and japanese Orthodoxy to make clear many questions on the character of Russian society and tradition. "A marvelous research. utilizing a rare quantity of wealthy and strange basic assets and a notable array of theoretical insights, the writer analyzes the function of the person and individualism through the complete Communist interval. it truly is one of many top works of sociology that i've got learn lately, and should be the main remarkable and provocative paintings that i've got ever learn at the Soviet Union." --Tim McDaniel, writer of Autocracy, Capitalism, and Revolution in Russia

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