Accession Number : ADA320562

Title :   The Influences and Sources of Post-Soviet Russian Foreign Policy, A View of the Caucasus Region.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Elliott, Mark

PDF Url : ADA320562

Report Date : SEP 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 186

Abstract : The collapse of the Soviet Union and the apparent transition of its successor states to democracy gave rise to the hopes of greater cooperation between the United States and Russia. These hopes were met instead by a contradictory mix of cooperation and confrontation and the growing rumblings of a nationalistic Russia harboring fanciful desires of restoring its fallen empire. The aim of this thesis was to explore the various influences that shaped the goals and means of Russian foreign policy. The approach taken is to examine the synergistic effects of a variety of political, geographic, economic, cultural and ethnic influences rather than searching for a systemic explanation of Russian actions. Using the Caucasus region as a starting point for investigation, this author demonstrates how these factors, in combination and isolation account for the development of Russian action. Equally as important is the recognition that these factors are not new to post-Soviet but previously influenced both Imperial and Soviet Russia.

Descriptors :   *FOREIGN POLICY, *RUSSIA, *TRANSITIONS, *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, POLITICAL SCIENCE, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, ECONOMICS, MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), SECURITY, THESES, REGIONS, HISTORY, ETHNIC GROUPS, CULTURE, GEOGRAPHY, SYNERGISM, PETROLEUM PRODUCTS.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Geography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE