In this frank and engaging book, foreign minister Igor S. Ivanov describes the evolution of Russian foreign policy since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Drawing on Russia's long diplomatic history, Ivanov analyzes the complex process through which a newly democratic Russia has redefined its foreign policy during a volatile transformation over the last decade.
The book includes the text of Russia's Foreign Policy Concept, a Putin administration document that guides the day-to-day activities of the government. Designed to provide the world community with a transparent outline of Russia's foreign policy agenda, the Concept attempts to balance Russia's important role in the new world order with internal pressures to focus on domestic stability.
The radical transformation of the past decade has required a complete overhaul of the process by which foreign policy is crafted, implemented, and communicated, according to Ivanov. The Concept delineates the role of parliament in making foreign policy decisions, the interrelationship of the legislative and executive branches, and the apportionment of authority among the president, government, and regional authorities. It also stresses the need to renovate Russia's diplomatic service, whose tradition of professionally trained diplomats dates back to Peter the Great.
While acknowledging the impulse to recreate foreign policy from scratch during periods of revolutionary change and radical reform, Ivanov stresses the theoretical and practical importance of continuity. Although the modern political system of the Russian Federation has no analogue in Russian history, Ivanov draws compelling connections between the country's contemporary challenges and the rich legacy of Russian and Soviet diplomacy -in the process invoking the political philosophies of historical Russian leaders from ancient Rus' to Alexander Gorchakov.
The New Russian Diplomacy was originally published in Russia, where it received very favorable reviews. This volume is a special edition prepared for American readers with a new introduction and an expanded and updated discussion of the U.S.-Russian relationship.
Publisher: Brookings Institution
Number of pages: 204
Weight: 27 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
"Unusually frank for a sitting government official...Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov provides a useful and intriguing assessment of the principal objectives of Russian foreign policy at the beginning of the twenty-first century." --Henry A. Kissinger, from the foreword "Ivanov... presents a broad-ranging but traditional view of Russia's global interests in 'The New Russian Diplomacy'... A welcome addition to the sparse and often superficial literature on post-Soviet Russian foreign policy." --Angela E. Stent, Georgetown University, World Policy Journal, 10/1/2002 "Ivanov provides a well-defined agenda of Russian foreign policy. The book is essential reading for everyone interested in Russian affairs and international relations... A uniquely qualified individual, Ivanov offers a comprehensive appraisal of accomplishments, challenges, and problems of Russian foreign policy." --Y. Polsky, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Choice, 2/1/2003 "A book like Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov's, 'The New Russian Diplomacy', published by the Brookings Institution and the Nixon Center, offers the hope of getting some answers to these perplexing questions." --Susan Eisenhower, Eisenhower Institute, President, European Affairs, 10/1/2002 "The New Russian Diplomacy is noteworthy not only because it is written by a sitting Russian Foreign Minister but also because it deals frankly with the subject. Igor S. Ivanov, a career diplomat and foreign minister since 1998, has produced a clear, thoughtful study of the foundations on which Russia's foreign policy rests and the objectives it seeks to attain. Those seeking to understand better the thinking behind current Russian foreign policy, whether general readers or specialists, will find much of interest here." --Perspectives on Political Science, Gifford Malone