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|Notes:||Notes bibliogr. Index.|
|Description:||XVII-366 p. ; 23 cm.|
|Contents:||Introduction - the study of the international politics of Russia and the successor states - definitions, theoretical approaches to the study of international politics, theories of international politics and the collapse of the USSR, the former Soviet Union - its inward and outward orientations. Part 1 Soviet foreign and defense policies during the Gorbachev period: the Brezhnev legacy; the new political thinking; new thinking in practice - Soviet foreign policy during the Gorbachev period; conclusion - the end of the Cold War and the heritage of the Gorbachev period. Part 2 The transition - the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the initiation of the post-Soviet order: economic reform and external economic relations; changes in the military; the nationalities issue; the Communist Party; the August coup; August-December 1991 - things fall apart. Part 3 The former Soviet Union - its inward and outward orientations: the inward orientation - the Commonwealth of Independent States and Russia's relations with the "near abroad"; the outward orienation - the successor states and the wider world; conclusion - the foreign policies of new states. Part 4 Defence and security in the former Soviet Union: controversies over nuclear forces; upheaval in conventional armed forces; cases studies of disagreement; alliances and security interests; conclusion. Part 5 Diplomacy and conflict resolution - the Soviet legacy and the challenges of the post-Cold War world: disputes involving open warfare, either between or within the successor states; disputed territorial claims involving one or more of the successor states plus an outside party; violent conflicts in the Third World; the wars in the former Yugoslavia; conclusion - confict resolution in the post-Cold War world. Part 6 Post-Soviet external economic relations: the Soviet economy - crawling from the wreckage; economic viability; interdependence; interdependence, integration and the formation of the CIS; economic issues and the CIS; the former Soviet Union and the international economy; conclusion. Part 7 Conclusion - perspectives on the post-Cold War world and the former Soviet Union: prospects.|
|Series Title:||Regional international politics series|