Ideally suited as a main text for introductory and intermediary courses on modern Russia within a politics, international relations, Area Studies or combined social science degree, this book provides a comprehensive but accessible survey of the state of Russia at the end of the twentieth century. This volume considers in detail the issues of democratisation, economic reform and social change, as well as the foreign policy dilemmas facing Russia in the post-cold war world.*Comprehensive and authoritative coverage of both domestic and foreign policy issues. *Introduces the student to all the main academic and policy debates surrounding the Russian transition. *Assumes no prior knowledge of the region. *Lively and accessible writing style with numerous boxed inserts, maps, and pen portraits of important figures in contemporary Russia. *Written by a specially commissioned team of internationally respected experts on contemporary Russia, Russia after the Cold War.