The conflict in Chechnya, going through its low- and high-intensity phases, has been doggedly accompanying Russias development. In the last decade, the Chechen war was widely covered, both in Russia and in the West. While most books look at the causes of the war, explain its zigzag course, and condemn the brutalities and crimes associated with it, this book is different. Its focus lies beyond the Caucasus battlefield. In Russias Restless Frontier, Dmitri Trenin and Aleksei Malashenko examine the implications of the war with Chechnya for Russias post-Soviet evolution. Considering Chechnyas impact on Russias military, domestic politics, foreign policy, and ethnic relations, the authors contend that the Chechen factor must be addressed before Russia can continue its development.
"the main authors indeed provide insights and analysis that are hard to find elsewhere and probably not available in another single source...the book constitutes a chilling analysis of the war's consequences that is all the more notable for being written by Russisans. With its deep insights into Russian state and society, this is as strong an indictment of Russian policy in Chechnia as any" --Svante Cornell, Johns Hopkins University-SAIS, Slavic Review, 9/1/2006 "Trenin and Malashenko offer the most comprehensive and detached analysis yet available of the meaning of the war in Chechnya for Russia's political development, security concerns, and relations with the rest of the world. It is a very important book." --Lt. General William E. Odom, U.S. Army (Ret.), 3/1/2004 "Dmitri Trenin and Alexei Malashenko believe that the tragic mishandling of Chechnya could put Russia's other post-Soviet achievements at risk. This is a bold, brave and persuasive argument that deserves the widest possible hearing." --Stephen Sestanovich, Council on Foreign Relations and former Ambassador at Large for the New Independent States, 3/1/2004