How did Russia manage to emerge resurgent on the world stage and play a weak hand so effectively? Is it because Putin is a brilliant strategist? Or has Russia stepped into a vacuum created by the West's distraction with its own domestic problems and US ambivalence about whether it still wants to act as a superpower? Putin's World examines the country's turbulent past, how it has influenced Putin, the Russians' understanding of their position on the global stage and their future ambitions — and their conviction that the West has tried to deny them a seat at the table of great powers since the USSR collapsed. This book looks at Russia's key relationships — its downward spiral with the United States, Europe, and NATO; its ties to China, Japan, the Middle East; and with its neighbours, particularly the fraught relationship with Ukraine.
We all now live in a paranoid and polarised world in which Vladimir Putin — through guile and disruption — has resurrected Russia as a global player to be reckoned with. From renowned foreign policy expert Angela Stent comes a must-read dissection of present-day Russian motives and actions on the world stage.