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Analyzing the current state of relations

Russia and the West at the Millennium: Global Imperatives and Domestic Policies

Sergei Medvedev, Alexander Konovalov, and Sergei Oznobishchev

After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, a decade of hopes and disillusionments in the 1990s, and the terrorist acts of 11 September 2001, relations between Russia and the West have entered a new stage. This book analyzes the state of the art of these relations, and the new variables that shape them. Firstly, it concentrates on the contexts of globalization that are gradually replacing the traditional power gambits of the Cold War and are creating new interfaces for Russia and the West, including the global economy and the Information Revolution. Secondly, it seeks to expose domestic entanglements underlying foreign policy choices in Russia and the West (with Germany as case study).

The books takes stock of the joint project, “Russia and the West at the Millennium,” conducted by the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies (Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany) and the Institute for Strategic Assessments (Moscow) with support from Fredrich-Ebert-Stiftung (Germany) between 1999 and 2002. A group of leading policy analysts from Russia, Germany, Great Britain and the United Sates have come together for a series of seminars and a conference, resulting in this publication. Featuring contributions by Robert Cooper, Lilia Shevtsova, Alexei Salmin, Peter Rutland and others, the book is is aimed at policy-makers, graduate students and academics in the fields of international relations, European security and post-Soviet studies.