What will the next generation of Russian leaders be like? How will they regard the United States, democracy, free speech, and immigration? What do they think of their current leaders? And what sorts of tactics will they bring to international negotiating tables, political and otherwise?
No Illusions provides an engaging, intimate, and unprecedented window onto the mindsets of the next generation of leaders in Russian politics, business, and economics. In it, Ellen Mickiewicz, one of the world's foremost experts on Russian media, politics and culture, draws on interviews with students in Russia's three most elite universities, the training grounds for all of the nation's leadership. Allowing these students to speak in their own words, she shares their thoughts on
international relations, the domestic and international media, democracy, and their government. She also shows how their total immersion in the world of the internet - an immersion that sets them apart from the current generation of Russian leadership and much of the rest of the country - frames the way that
they think and affects their trust in their leaders, the media, and their colleagues. They view the world around themselves with soberness and deep skepticism. Their worldviews are complex and often contradictory, reflecting complicated personalities who are adaptable, yet also subject to much internal strife. Many plan for future careers in politics while expressing ambivalence about the political process; they proclaim cosmopolitan worldviews and deeply xenophobic attitudes at the same time;
they have favorable views of democracy, but not of the American model; they are shrewd critics of government propaganda and yet clearly have absorbed residue of Cold War paranoia.
Mickiewicz also looks at the nation's recent protests and nascent political movements to show how they came about and to consider what promise they might hold for a more democratic Russia. She profiles several of Russia's up-and-coming leaders, including charismatic and controversial activist and politician Aleksei Navalny, perhaps one of the more formidable threats to the Putin regime. As this book shows, the next generation of Russian leaders will almost certainly hold a worldview different
from the current one, but it is not likely to be a worldview that readily embraces American democracy. No Illusions is a thought-provoking and often surprising glimpse into the future of Russia's foreign relations.
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 485 g
Dimensions: 244 x 161 x 23 mm
This well-crafted book offers a refreshing look into the minds of the next generation of Russian leaders. * J. W. Peterson, Valdosta State University, CHOICE *
is a remarkable study of the attitudes of Russian students on track to be the future political and intellectual leaders of their country. This book is essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand the mindset of the first Russian generation to have no memory of life under communism or of the Cold War. * Jack F. Matlock, Jr., U.S. Ambassador to the USSR, 1987-1991; author of Autopsy on an Empire: The American Ambassador's Account of the Collapse of the Soviet Union
is a prescient look into the minds-and hearts-of Russia's future leaders. The chance to hear the frank voices of these Russians on the path to power cannot have come at a more critical moment for the West. The book is a gift to those who want to know what is looming in an emergent and complex Russia. * Alex S. Jones, Director of the Shorenstein Center on the Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School *
provides an engaging, intimate, and unprecendented window into the mindsets of the next generation of leaders in Russian politics, business and economics * Council for European Studies *