Accession Number : ADA292822

Title :   Sources of Contemporary Russian Foreign Policy.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Welch, David A.

PDF Url : ADA292822

Report Date : DEC 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 144

Abstract : This thesis systematically employs two explanatory theories for the study of Russian foreign policy, and tests these two theories against one another to determine their explanatory power. This thesis investigates Russian Federation foreign policy regarding three contemporary issues, the "near abroad", the Kuril Islands dispute, and the current Bosnian conflict. It conducts an analysis of Russian policy statements and doctrine during the period from the dissolution of the Soviet Union through the formation of the Russian Federation (from 1 January 1992 until August 1994). The analysis is based on hypotheses which seek to explain Russian foreign policy decisions with reference to two theoretical concepts: the concept of "balance of power" that emerges from political realism and the more recently developed concept of "strategic culture."

Descriptors :   *FOREIGN POLICY, *DECISION MAKING, *GEOPOLITICS, *BALANCE OF POWER, USSR, STRATEGY, STRATEGIC ANALYSIS, THEORY, THESES, COLD WAR, CONFLICT, HYPOTHESES, KURILE ISLANDS.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Government and Political Science
      Geography
      Defense Systems
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE