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Competition for co-operation: Roles and Realities in Russian Foreign Policy

Chatterje-Doody, P. N. (2015). Competition for co-operation: Roles and Realities in Russian Foreign Policy. In: Lane, David and Samokhvalov, V. eds. The Eurasian Project and Europe. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 203–217.

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Abstract

The discursive reconstruction of Eurasia has brought about structural changes, which have strengthened Russia’s position internationally, and fortified its soft power. As such, the Eurasian project reflects Russia’s broader approach to parties including BRICS and the EU. Russia’s political elite routinely promotes specific conceptions of Russia’s international identity and role with different partners as a means to facilitate cooperation. This creates significant geographical and policy overlaps and breeds inconsistency and competition, but nonetheless contributes to Russia’s preferred low-cost, low-commitment version of co-operation. The Eurasian project therefore represents just one (albeit important) example of the Russian leadership’s conversion of ideas about the international arena into political realities. By balancing competing roles and relationships, Russia maintains a ‘multi-vector’ foreign policy that is flexible, unencumbered by restrictive alliances, and oriented towards sovereignty, great power and strength.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2015 The Author, 2015 The Editors
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Politics
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 67477
Depositing User: Precious Chatterje-Doody
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2019 15:59
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2019 02:25
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/67477
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