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Greater Russia: Is Moscow out to Subvert the West?

Sakwa, Richard (2020) Greater Russia: Is Moscow out to Subvert the West? International Politics, . ISSN 1384-5748. (doi:10.1057/s41311-020-00258-0) (KAR id:82165)

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Abstract

Russia today is presented as out to subvert the West. The chosen means are meddling in elections and sowing discord in Western societies. Russia in this imaginary looms over an unsuspecting West, undermining democracy and supporting disruptive forces. No longer couched in terms of the Cold War struggle between capitalism and communism, this is a reversion to great power politics of the rawest sort. However, is this analysis correct? Is Vladimir Putin out to undermine the West to achieve his alleged goal of re-establishing some sort of post-Soviet ‘greater Russia’ imperial union in Russia’s neighbourhood, to weaken the Atlantic power system and to undermine the liberal international order? The paper challenges the view that Russia is trying to reconstitute a Soviet-type challenge to the West, and provides an analytical framework to examine the dynamics of Russian foreign policy and on that basis assesses Russia’s real rather than imaginary aspirations.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1057/s41311-020-00258-0
Uncontrolled keywords: Russia, subversion, neo-revisionism, Putin, the West, Russiagate
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Richard Sakwa
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2020 15:33 UTC
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2021 10:55 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/82165 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)

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