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Explaining Russian Foreign Policy Behavior: Theory and Practice

POLITICS and SOCIOLOGY

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Alexander Sergunin
Explaining Russian Foreign Policy Behavior: Theory and Practice

This book aims to explain the reasons behind Russia’s international conduct in the post-Soviet era, examining threat perceptions and national security doctrines Serguning analyzes Russian foreign policy discourse with a particular focus on the major foreign policy schools of Atlanticism, Eurasianism, derzhavniki, realpolitik, geopolitics, neo-Marxism, radical nationalism, and post-positivism The author critically assesses the evolution of Russian foreign policy decision-making over the last 25 years and analyzes the roles of various governmental agencies, interest groups and subnational actors Concluding that a foreign policy consensus is gradually emerging in contemporary Russia, Sergunin demonstrates that Russian foreign policy discourse aims not only at the formulation of an international strategy but also the search for a new national identity Sergunin argues that Russia’s current domestic situation, defined by numerous socio-economic, inter-ethnic, demographic, environmental, and other problems, dictates the need to abandon superpower ambitions and to set modest foreign policy goals

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Barrie Gunter
Does Playing Video Games Make Players More Violent?

This book is an academic work which reviews and critiques the research literature concerning violent games and their alleged effects on players It examines the debates about the potential effects of these games and the divisions between scholars working in the field It places the research on violent video games in the longer historical context of scholarly work on media violence It examines research from around the world on the nature of video games and their effects It provides a critique of relevant theories of media violence effects and in particular theories developed within the older media violence literature and then considers how useful this and newer scholarly work might be for policy-makers and regulators The book identifies where gaps exist in the extent literature and where future research attention might be directed

Topics
Youth Culture
Cultural Theory
Media and Communication
Development Theory
Developmental Psychology

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Walter Laqueur
Putinism: Russia and Its Future with the West

There is no question that tensions between Russia and America are on the rise The forced annexation of Crimea, the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17, and the Russian government’s treatment of homosexuals have created diplomatic standoffs and led to a volley of economic sanctions In America, much of the blame for Russia’s recent hostility has fallen on steely-eyed President Vladimir Putin and many have begun to wonder if they we are witnessing the rebirth of Cold War-style dictatorship

Not so fast, argues veteran historian Walter Laqueur
For two decades, Laqueur has been ahead of the curve, predicting events in post-Soviet Russia with uncanny accuracy In Putinism, he deftly demonstrates how three long-standing pillars of Russian ideology-a strong belief in the Orthodox Church, a sense of Eurasian “manifest destiny,” and a fear of foreign enemies-continue to exert a powerful influence on the Russian populous In fact, today’s Russians have more in common with their counterparts from 1904 than 1954 and Putin is much more a servant of his people than we might think
Topical and provocative, Putinism contains much more than historical analysis Looking to the future, Laqueur explains how America’s tendency to see Russia as a Cold War relic is dangerous and premature Russia can and will challenge the West and it is in our best interest to figure out exactly who we are facing-and what they want-before it is too late

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Choi Chatterjee, Lisa A Kirschenbaum
Russia’s Long Twentieth Century: Voices, Memories, Contested Perspectives

Covering the sweep of Russian history from empire to Soviet Union to post-Soviet state, Russia’s Long Twentieth Century is a comprehensive yet accessible textbook that situates modern Russia in the context of world history and encourages students to analyse the ways in which citizens learnt to live within its system and create distinctly Soviet identities from its structures and ideologies Chronologically organised but moving beyond the traditional Cold War framework, this book covers topics such as the accelerating social, economic and political shifts in the Russian empire before the Revolution of 1905, the construction of the socialist order under Bolshevik government, and the development of a new state structure, political ideology and foreign policy in the decades since the collapse of the Soviet Union The authors highlight the polemics and disagreements that energize the field, discussing interpretations from Russian, émigré, and Western historiographies and showing how scholars diverge sharply in their understanding of key events, historical processes, and personalities Each chapter contains a selection of primary sources and discussion questions, engaging with the voices and experiences of ordinary Soviet citizens and familiarizing students with the techniques of source criticism Illustrated with images and maps throughout, this book is an essential introduction to twentieth-century Russian history

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Janaki R R Alavalapati
Valuing Agroforestry Systems: Methods and Applications

The primary objective of this book is to offer practical means for strengthening the economics and policy dimension of the agroforestry discipline This book, written by the leading experts in economics and agroforestry, encompasses case studies from Australia, China, Kenya, India, Indonesia, Malawi, Mexico, Micronesia, Tanzania, United Kingdom, United States, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

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