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Russia in the 21st Century : The Prodigal Superpower - Steven Rosefielde

Russia in the 21st Century

The Prodigal Superpower

Hardcover Published: 6th December 2004
ISBN: 9780521836784
Number Of Pages: 268

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This book demonstrates that Russia intends to re-emerge as a full fledged superpower before 2010 that would challenge America and China and potentially threaten a new arms race. Contrary to conventional wisdom, this goal is easily within the Kremlin's grasp, but the cost to the Russian people and global security would be immense. A sophisticated strategy is proposed to dissuade President Vladimir Putin from pursuing this destabilizing course. The book also explains why the Soviet Union imploded, why Western experts missed the signs of the collapse, and how Russia has metamorphosized into an authoritarian regime instead of pursuing a transition to fully democratic free enterprise. A critique of American foreign policymaking is also provided that emphasizes the confusion caused by tempering evidence to conform with public expectations and the failure to secure the national interest in favor of satisfying a consensus of particular special interests.

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'... trenchant and timely'. Contemporary Reviews
"Rosefielde's lively polemic argues that Western specialists have consistently misunderstood Soviet and Russian political economy." CHOICE
"Rosefield argues powerfully that an alternative to the path that has led Russia to this impasse existed at the outset of the post-Soviet period" Slavic Review Allen C. Lynch, University of Virginia

After the 'end of history'
Prodigal superpower
Structural militarization
What could have been done?
Muscovite metamorphosis
Military industrial reform
National insecurity
Miasma of global engagement
Putin's choice
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ISBN: 9780521836784
ISBN-10: 0521836786
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 6th December 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.8  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.47