Russian Foreign Policy and Putin’s Fear of Revolution.
Estebo, Speed E.
- Submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Abstract: Both Russia’s foreign and domestic policies are often based on the personal (often economic) interests of the President and his associates, which at times have little or no connection to any sensible conceptions of Russia’s national interest. One consequence of ... read morethis is the Russian leadership’s increased hostility toward the West, which has become especially apparent following the annexation of Crimea and Russia’s invasion of eastern Ukraine. A central cause of Russia’s renewed antagonism toward the West, which has sometimes been neglected or downplayed by analysts, is President Putin’s sense of weakness and his resultant desire to create conditions that demonstrate a continuing need for his leadership. This paper aims to tell part of the story of Russia’s move from Western integration to antipathy towards the West, and in so doing to show that, while they purport to be restoring justice to the international order and genuine values to society, Russia’s leaders are in fact taking advantage of historical animosities and suspicions in order to secure continuing power for the Putin regime.read less