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Who Lost Russia? : How the World Entered a New Cold War
by Peter Conradi


Overview - "A smart, balanced analysis of the internal developments that have shaped Russia's course since the break-up of the Soviet Union."
--The New York Times Book Review

"Balanced and timely ... a smooth narrative that provides welcome context for Russia's recent revanchist behavior and insight into prospects for ongoing U.S.-Russian relations."
--★ Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"Seamlessly written....
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Overview
"A smart, balanced analysis of the internal developments that have shaped Russia's course since the break-up of the Soviet Union."
--The New York Times Book Review

"Balanced and timely ... a smooth narrative that provides welcome context for Russia's recent revanchist behavior and insight into prospects for ongoing U.S.-Russian relations."
--★Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"Seamlessly written.... It is fascinating to read the author's summary of Russia's actions in Syria in the context of recent events."
--The Wall Street Journal

"Meticulously lays out the record, from Mikhail Gorbachev to Vladimir Putin... A cold-eyed examination of recent Russian history that seems to show that there was never a solid plan to integrate Russia into the West."
--Kirkus Reviews

When the Soviet Union collapsed on December 26, 1991, it looked like the start of a remarkable new era of peace and co-operation. Some even dared to declare the end of history, assuming all countries would converge on enlightenment values and liberal democracy.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Russia emerged from the 1990s battered and humiliated; the parallels with Weimar Germany are striking. Goaded on by a triumphalist West, a new Russia has emerged, with a large arsenal of upgraded weapons, conventional and nuclear, determined to reassert its national interests in the 'near abroad' -- Chechnya, Georgia and Ukraine -- as well as fighting a proxy war in the Middle East. Meanwhile, NATO is executing large-scale maneuvers and stockpiling weaponry close to Russia's border.

In this provocative new work, Peter Conradi argues that we have consistently failed to understand Russia and its motives and, in doing so, have made a powerful enemy.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781786070418
  • ISBN-10: 1786070413
  • Publisher: ONEWorld Publications
  • Publish Date: April 2017
  • Page Count: 400
  • Dimensions: 9.3 x 5.9 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds


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Books > Political Science > International Relations - General
Books > Political Science > Security (National & International)
Books > History > Russia & the Former Soviet Union

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2017-02-27
  • Reviewer: Staff

In this balanced and timely work, Sunday Times foreign editor Conradi (The Great Survivors) charts the complex and turbulent course of U.S.-Russia relations since the collapse of the U.S.S.R., and investigates how the end of the Cold War failed to result in either conciliation or superpower cooperation. Working from exclusive interviews with principal players and assorted other sources, Conradi details how occasional moments of tentative cooperationarms control deals, post-9/11 collaboration, the Iran nuclear dealhave masked a relationship fraught with tension, fundamentally different perspectives, and mutual misunderstandings. Russias primary sources of concern include NATOs relentless march eastward, the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, perceived American political malfeasance in former Soviet territories, and Washingtons insistence on a U.S.-centered unipolar world order that ignores Russias desire to be treated respectfully and as an equal. Such factors, Conradi argues, contributed to Russias sense of humiliation and encirclement. The U.S. has taken issue with Russian President Putins growing domestic authoritarianism and newfound assertiveness abroad: intervention in Georgia, support for separatists in Ukraine, the annexation of Crimea, and a role in the Syrian Civil War. Conradi blends these developments into a smooth narrative that provides welcome context for Russias recent revanchist behavior and insight into prospects for ongoing U.S.-Russian relations. Agent: Andrew Nurnberg, Andrew Nurnberg Associates (U.K.). (Apr.)

 
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