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Power in Modern Russia: Strategy and Mobilisation

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The book explores the Russian leadership's strategic agenda and illuminates the range of problems it faces in implementing it. Given these difficulties and the Russian leadership's concerns about an unstable and increasingly competitive world, the Russian official and expert community often use the term 'mobilisation' to describe the measures that Moscow is increasingly resorting to in order to implement its agenda. The book explores what this means, and concludes that many of the terms used in the Western debate about Russia both misdiagnose the nature of the challenge and misrepresent the situation in Russia. At a time when many of the books about Russia are focused specifically on the war in Ukraine and the deterioration in relations between the Euro-Atlantic community and Russia, or are biographies of Vladimir Putin, it offers a new and unique lens through which to understand how Russia works and how Russian domestic and foreign politics are intimately linked.

Author: Monaghan Andrew
Pages: 112
ISBN: 9781526126412
Cover: Paperback
Edition Number: 1
Release Year: 2017

Introduction: strategy in a time of crisis

1. Setting a strategic agenda

2. The problems of power in Russia

3. Making Russia work

4. Defending Russia

Conclusion: mobilising power in Russia

Further reading

Andrew Monaghan is Director of Research on Russia and Northern European Defence and Security at the Oxford Changing Character of War Centre, based in Pembroke College, University of Oxford

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