Now in a thoroughly revised, expanded, and updated edition, this classic text provides the most authoritative and current analysis of contemporary Russia. Leading scholars explore the daunting domestic and international problems Russia confronts, considering a comprehensive array of economic, political, foreign policy, and social issues. Putin’s approach for dealing with his country’s challenges emphasizes recentralization of power and a strong state. He has returned to power for a fourth term amidst unresolved policy issues both domestically and from the international community. Only by understanding these challenges—and previous efforts to deal with them—will it be possible to understand the trajectory for Russia. Well written and clearly organized, this text is an indispensable guide for anyone wanting to understand contemporary Russia.
Stephen K. Wegren is professor of political science at Southern Methodist University.
Ideal for courses on Russian Politics, European Politics, Post-Communist Transitions, and Post-Communist Societies
Includes new chapters on inequality, energy, Russia-China relations, US-Russian relations, food and foreign policy, and the military