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Shevt͡sova, Lilii͡a, 1951-
TitleLonely power : why Russia has failed to become the West and the West is weary of Russia / Lilia Shevtsova.
Washington, DC : Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2010.
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Physical description1 online resource (xv, 361 pages)
SeriesBooks at JSTOR All Purchased.
BibliographyIncludes bibliographical references and index.
ContentsForeword / Jessica T. Matthews -- Letter to the reader -- Introduction -- Collapse of the USSR : The West caught unawares -- The West regards Yeltsin warily -- Help or wait? -- Clinton turns the West around -- Help our friend Boris at any cost -- Europe also helps -- Washington's dictate or Moscow"s? -- Moments of truth for Russia -- Western disillusionment in Russia and Republican attacks on Democrats in the United States -- The donors could not resist temptation -- The results of the 1990s : Who is to blame? -- The arrival of Putin and his Western project -- Hopes that once again did not come to pass -- With the West and against the West -- Altruism and pragmatism -- Where Western money goes -- The Medvedev-Putin tandem being tested by foreign policy -- The war in the Caucasus and what it says about Russia -- The Kremlin starts rebuilding bridges with the West -- How to force the West to work for Russia -- The Valdai Club, or the Kremlin and Western commentators -- And now for the major victories -- How Russia was humiliated -- Is there a reason to take offense? -- On the "center of power," "de-sovereignization," and other things -- America the model, and America the excuse -- Who derailed modernization? -- How to combine the incompatible, and who are "we"? -- The trial of NATO and Kosovo -- Does NATO threaten Russia? -- What other nastiness does the West have in store for Russia? -- Why Moscow needed the Balkans -- Ukraine as a milestone -- Where is the way out? -- Let's make a deal! -- Let's count warheads -- What separates Russia and the West? -- What it would be better not to do -- Western "protectors" -- How serious Westerners perceive Russia -- On interests and values, and the extent to which the "realists" make a convincing case -- How "Old" Europe abandoned its mission -- Why Russian human rights advocates are dissatisfied -- A reconsideration has begun -- How "New Europe" is trying to revive the European mission -- European society is starting to say what it thinks -- Kissinger vs. Brzezinski -- How useful is the League of Democracies and how probable is a global authoritarian revanche? -- The Obama factor and the idea of the "reset button" -- What do we mean by the "right direction" for U.S. policy toward Russia? -- How we were taught a lesson -- Obama in Moscow and the aftermath -- The Russian understanding of "reset" -- Why the West doesn't want to annoy the Kremlin -- So, what should and should not be done? -- Uncertainty as a way to survive -- The goal of power is to retain power -- Can Russia be renewed by leaving everything as it is? -- Can Russia get out of the dead end by itself?
SummaryToday's Russia proves that appearances can be deceiving. The Kremlin's modernization mantra and liberal rhetoric attempt to keep alive a system based on personalized power. While rapprochement with the West is seen as a way to import technology, attract investment, and gain economically, Russia's elite is trying to protect an anti-Western system that preserves its rule.
Is it possible to reform the Russian system from the top? Could technological innovation help Russia's political liberalization? What are the domestic roots of Russia's foreign policy and how sustainable is the current reset with the United States?
In Lonely Power, adapted from the Russian version, Lilia Shevtsova questions the veracity of clichTs about Russiaùby both insiders and outsidersùand analyzes Russia's trajectory and how the West influences the country's modernization.
Rejection of political reform in Russia risks the gradual decay of the country or even state collapse. Russia can break this vicious circle only if it rejects personalized power and if the West helps Russia transform economically and politically. --Book Jacket.
Other authorJSTOR, issuing body.
SubjectRussia (Federation) -- Foreign relations.
Russia (Federation) -- Politics and government -- 1991-
Russia (Federation) -- Relations -- Western countries.
Western countries -- Relations -- Russia (Federation)
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Publisher NumberEB00642169 Recorded Books
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Adapted from the Russian edition, this book analyzes the dominant stereotypes and myths that formed during the Putin presidency and that continue to hamper our understanding of Russia's current situation.
Author Lilia Shevtsova explains the origins of such political clich#65533;s as
* Russia is not mature enough for democracy;
* Capitalism first, and democracy will follow;
* The humiliation (read more)
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Lilia Shevtsova
Lilia Shevtsova co-chairs the Russian Domestic Politics and Political Institutions Project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, dividing her time between the Carnegie office in Washington, D.C. and the Carnegie Moscow Center. She is author of Lost Russia--Lost in Transition: The Yeltsin and Putin Legacies (2007), Putin's Russia (2005) and Yeltsin's Russia: Myths and Reality (read more)
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