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July 31, 2008

IJ Featured article: Pavel K. Baev – From west to south to north: Russia engages and challengers its neighbours

Filed under: Uncategorized — internationaljournal @ 4:16 pm

It is hardly surprising that Russia’s foreign policy is to a very large degree
concerned with relations with its immediate neighbourhoods, which are
uniquely diverse and often rich in violent conflicts. This short-range policy
is a direct consequence of the country’s enormous longitude, which provides
it with more neighbours than any other state in the world. Obsession with
relations with the United States constitutes an important exception to this
pattern,but this pivotal political dimension has to remain outside the scope
of this article.Another massive omission is the ambiguous nature of Russia’s
relations in its far eastern neighbours, primarily China. Following advice
from Dirty Harry, this author acknowledges the need to know his limitations.

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