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Russian-American Security

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Dmitry Medvedev, Putin's chosen successor and long-time protege, was elected President of the Russian Federation on March 2, 2008 with about 70% of the vote. Medvedev, formerly First Deputy Prime Minister, announced during the campaign that if elected, he would propose Putin as Prime Minister. Medvedev was inaugurated as President on May 7th; Putin was confirmed as Prime Minister the next day. U.S. and EU observers criticised the election as unfairly controlled by the governing authorities. Nevertheless, Putin's widespread popularity in Russia led many to conclude that the election results corresponded to Russian public opinion. Furthermore, the economic upturn that began in 1999 is still continuing. The GDP, domestic investment, and the general living standard have been growing impressively after a decade-long decline, fuelled in large part by profits from oil and gas exports. There is a budget surplus, and the ruble is stable. However, some major problems remain: 15% of the population live below the poverty line; foreign investment is relatively low; inflation is rising; and crime, corruption, capital flight, and unemployment remain high. Additionally, Russian foreign policy has grown more self-confident, assertive and anti-western, fuelled by its perceived status as an "energy superpower". Even though Washington and Moscow have found some common ground on the Iranian and North Korean nuclear concerns, tension is rising on other issues such as NATO enlargement, Kosovo, and proposed U.S. missile defences in Eastern Europe. This book discusses the history of U.S.-Russian relations as well as the current situation.
Release date Australia
February 23rd, 2011
Contributors
Edited by Gregory J. Singh Edited by Petr Sidorov
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
Nova Science Publishers Inc
Pages
119
Dimensions
230x155x13
ISBN-13
9781606925027
Product ID
3485516

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