Russia: A Thorny Transition From Communism

This book is based on the collection of articles centered around Russia and its policies. The articles are grouped under three parts. The first part contains articles on international relations, Russian foreign policy, and the situation in the world. The main themes they cover include Russian policy in Asia and the Eurasian integration – in which Moscow plays the most active role.
The second part looks at the theorization of Russia's internal processes, issues concerning reforms to the communist system, its troubled transition from Communism, and analysis of the country's current political regime. While elaborating on various reforms and transition from the communist system, the author has suggested certain alternatives concepts. Many of the articles analyze the shortcomings and inconsistencies of the modern Russian political system.
The third part is devoted to current issues in Russian politics, the democratization process, growing authoritarian tendencies, mass protests, and that evaluate the programs and policies of individual leaders. The book will be of interest to those specializing in Russian foreign and domestic policy as well as to all those interested in following the developments of this country, its role in the world, and the global situation in general.

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  • Pages: 480
  • 9789388161176 • HARDBACK • Jan 2019 • Rs.1450
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  • Subjects: russia, soviet union, communism
  • Russia: A Thorny Transition From Communism
author details

Alexander Lukin is Department Head, Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs, School of International Affairs, National Research University Higher School of Economics; Director, Center for East Asian and SCO Studies, Moscow State Institute of International Relations of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.



Introduction
PART – I
RUSSIA IN THE MODERN WORLD
1. Eurasian integration and the development of Asiatic Russia
2. Russia’s Policy in Northeast Asia and the Prospects for Korean Unification
3. The Russian perspective on UN peacekeeping: Today and tomorrow
4. The New International Ideocracy and The Future of Russia
5. Eurasian Integration and The Clash of Values 
6. Russia and Geopolitics of East Asia
7. Russo-US Rapprochement and Sino-Russian Relations after September 11

PART – II
RUSSIA: EVOLUTION OF THE POLITICAL SYSTEM
8. Economic Policy in Post-Soviet Russia in Historical Context
9. Putin’s Political Regime and Its Alternatives
10. Chauvinism or Chaos: Russia’s Unpalatable Choice
11. Russia’s New Authoritarianism and The Post-Soviet Political Ideal
12. Myths about Russian Political Culture and The Study of Russian History
13. Russia between East and West: Perceptions and Reality
14. Putin’s Regime: Restoration or Revolution
15. Electoral Democracy or Electoral Clanism? Russian Democratization and Theories of Transition
16. Forcing the Pace of Democratization: What Went Wrong in Russia?
17. The New Russia: Parliamentary Democracy or Authoritarian Regime?

PART – III
WITHER RUSSIA?
18. Putin’s Fourth Term: New Faces – Old Politics
19. Where Will Russia’s Protests Lead?
20. The EU Looks Like the Dying Soviet Empire 
21. Power to the People – Not the Siloviki 
22. Pipes Can’t see the Trees For the Forest 
23. A Short History of Russian Elections’ Short Life 
24. Authoritarianism and its Discontents 
25. Authoritarianism Deposing Clan Democracy 
26. Dirty Thoughts About The Future of Russia 
27. TV is Just Part of The Story
28. Critical Days for Gorbachev
Index 
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