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Russian foreign policy: sources and implications

Russian foreign policy: sources and implications

Oliker, Olga

As Russia's economy has grown, so have the country's global involvement and influence, which often take forms that the United States neither expects nor likes, as the August 2008 conflict in Georgia demonstrated. Despite the two countries' many disagreements and the rising tension between them, the United States and Russia share some key interests and goals. In this monograph, the authors assess Russia's strategic interests and the factors that influence Russian foreign policy broadly. They examine Russia's domestic policies, economic development, and views of the world, as well as how these translate into security policies at home and abroad. They then consider the implications of Russia's evolving approaches for U.S. interests. The authors find that Russia's rising confidence will continue to create challenges for U.S. policymakers. The U.S. goal must therefore be to improve relations with Russia and build on shared views and shared interests, rather than to pursue coercive mechanisms that can easily backfire. Among other steps, the authors recommend that Washington vigorously pursue new arms control agreements with Moscow allay Russian fears about proposed U.S. missile defenses in Europe reevaluate its promotion of energy pipeline routes that circumvent Russia resume consistent, high-level consultations, including military-to-military contacts. If Russo-U.S. relations do not improve, the United States must find ways to keep poor relations with Russia from turning into adversarial ones. The Department of Defense and U.S. Air Force have important roles to play in either scenario

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Published Santa Monica, CA : RAND 2009

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Statement of responsibility: Olga Oliker [and others]
ISBN: 0833047132, 1282081683, 9780833046079, 9780833047137, 9781282081680
EAN: 9786612081682
Note: Title from PDF title page (viewed Apr. 2, 2009).
Note: "Prepared for the United States Air Force."
Note: "MG-768-AF."
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-220).
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xxv, 220 pages).
Other Number: 9786612081682
Series: RAND Corporation monograph series
Subject: Politics and government; Russia (Federation) Foreign relations United States.; Strategic aspects of individual places.; Russia (Federation) Politics and government 21st century.; Globalization Political aspects.; United States Foreign relations Russia (Federation); Russia (Federation) Strategic aspects.; Russia (Federation); Russia foreign policy.; United States.; Russia (Federation) Foreign relations.; Diplomatic relations.; Russia military expenditure.; POLITICAL SCIENCE Government International.; Russia security policy.; Globalization Political aspects Russia (Federation); POLITICAL SCIENCE International Relations General.
Note: Issued by: RAND Project Air Force.
Series Title: Rand Corporation monograph series.
Local note: JSTOR Books at JSTOR Open Access


  1. Introduction
  2. Russia's domestic situation
  3. Russia's economy and Russian resources for defense
  4. Russian foreign policy
  5. Russia's defense and security policy
  6. Today's Russia: implications for the United States.