Part or chapter of a book
The Rising Cost Of Russia's Authoritarian Foreign Policy
Russia’s Foreign Policy: Ideas, domestic politics and external relations
Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan
81 - 96 p.
Book abstract: The Ukraine crisis in 2014 took many observers by surprise. Its magnitude and implications necessitate a better understanding of the drivers of Russia's actions in international politics. Russia's Foreign Policy: Ideas, Domestic Politics and External Relations analyses the evolution and main determinants of Russia's foreign policy choices. Its various chapters, written by renowned specialists in the field, shed light on and attempt to explain some of the new trends – including an increasingly nationalistic tone in foreign policy discourse and a heightened level of animosity towards Europe – characterizing Russia's contemporary policy. This study posits that Russia's behaviour is driven above all by objectives and imperatives linked to domestic regime consolidation. That is to say, Russia's foreign policy is the continuation of domestic politics by other means.