This book examines Russia's security policy under the presidencies of Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Medvedev and beyond. Under Putin and Medvedev, Russia has developed from a neglected regional power into a self-declared resurgent superpower. Russia's background in the former Soviet Union as well as close ties with the upcoming new powers of China and India served as spring-boards towards regaining an influential status in the world. Simultaneously, Moscow developed an assertive policy towards the West and unwilling neighbours, culminating in August 2008 in an armed conflict with Georgia. Reviewing this decade of Russian international security policy, this book analyses major security documents, military reforms and Moscow's policy actions to provide an assessment of the future of Russian security policy. This book will be of much interest to students of Russian politics and foreign policy, European politics and Security Studies and IR in general. Marcel de Haas is Senior Fellow on military doctrine, strategy and security policy of the Netherlands, NATO, EU, Russia and the CIS at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations.
Dr Marcel de Haas is a Senior Research Fellow on security policy of the Netherlands, NATO, EU, Russia and the CIS at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael in The Hague.