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Understanding Contemporary Russia, 2nd edition

Michael L. Bressler, editor

Russia today is in many ways different from the country portrayed a decade ago in the first edition of Understanding Contemporary Russia. With an upsurge of both national pride—despite a struggling economy—and civil society activism, with a palpable tension between the support for democratic values and the intense desire for political stability, with an increased role in world politics    More >

Understanding Contemporary Russia, 2nd edition

Understanding Contemporary Russia

Michael L. Bressler, editor

Understanding Contemporary Russia provides a thorough introduction to a country currently in the midst of political, economic, and social transformation. Interdisciplinary in design, the book is intended for use as a core text in introductory survey and politics courses and also as a supplement in a variety of discipline-oriented courses. The authors draw on the best scholarship in their fields    More >

Understanding Contemporary Russia

Transacting Transition: The Micropolitics of Democracy Assistance in the Former Yugoslavia

Keith Brown, editor

Focusing on cases of international intervention in Kosovo, Serbia, and Macedonia, the authors of Transacting Transition explore how the mission and vision of "democracy promotion" is enacted on the ground—where principles of transparency, gender equality, and interethnic cooperation run up against the realities of political agendas, self-interest, and memories of conflict.    More >

Transacting Transition: The Micropolitics of Democracy Assistance in the Former Yugoslavia

War Games: US-Russian Relations and Nuclear Arms Control

Stephen J. Cimbala

Does it make sense for the United States to cooperate with Russia to resolve international security issues? Is it possible for the two countries to work together to reduce the dangers associated with nuclear weapons? Where does Vladimir Putin fit into the calculus? Engaging the debate on these contentious issues, Stephen Cimbala provides context for and policy-relevant analysis of current    More >

War Games:  US-Russian Relations and Nuclear Arms Control

Security and Sovereignty in the Former Soviet Union

Ruth Deyermond

Among the contentious issues that come into play in relations between Russia and the other post-Soviet states, security concerns are arguably at the top of the list. Ruth Deyermond explores the linkage between post-Soviet security politics and the development of state sovereignty in the region, focusing on Russia's interactions with Ukraine, Georgia, and Belarus. Deyermond ranges from    More >

Security and Sovereignty in the Former Soviet Union

Political Parties in the Regions of Russia: Democracy Unclaimed

Grigorii V. Golosov

Political parties typically are assumed to be essential for contemporary democratic government and governance. Why, then, has the regime change in Russia failed to produce viable political parties? Grigorii Golosov addresses this question, exploring issues central to an understanding of Russian political development. Golosov combines statistical and qualitative analysis, including case studies,    More >

Political Parties in the Regions of Russia: Democracy Unclaimed

The Politics of Privatization: Wealth and Power in Postcommunist Europe

John A. Gould

In this remarkable story of postcommunist politics gone wrong, John Gould explores privatization’s role in the scramble for wealth and power in postcommunist Europe. Gould engages the core debates on privatization. Does democratic development facilitate effective capitalist reform, or vice versa? How do political legacies shape privatization choices? Is simultaneous transition feasible?    More >

The Politics of Privatization: Wealth and Power in Postcommunist Europe

Putin’s Energy Agenda: The Contradictions of Russia’s Resource Wealth

Stefan Hedlund

The sudden arrival of massive energy wealth during Putin's long reign has turned Russia's focus to resources, with some good and some very bad results. Considering why the good—a windfall of money to pay debts and put the country's finances in order—has been so overshadowed by the bad—resource dependence, reliance on rents, and unbridled corruption—Stefan    More >

Putin’s Energy Agenda: The Contradictions of Russia’s Resource Wealth

Khrushchev in Power: Unfinished Reforms, 1961-1964

Sergei Khrushchev, translated by George Shriver

A full reckoning of Nikita Khrushchev's accomplishments and failures cannot be complete without looking beyond his foreign policy initiatives to assess his efforts to introduce domestic policy reforms in the Soviet Union. Sergei Khrushchev tells the full story of those efforts during the years immediately before his father's ouster—and of the intrigues and struggles for power that    More >

Khrushchev in Power: Unfinished Reforms, 1961-1964

Political Corruption in Eastern Europe: Politics After Communism

Tatiana Kostadinova

Why has political corruption emerged as a major obstacle to successful democratic consolidation in Eastern Europe? Exploring the origins, scope, and impact of political corruption in the region's post communist states, Tatiana Kostadinova identifies the factors that favor illicit behavior and considers how the various forms of malfeasance are threatening democracy. Rich cross-national data    More >

Political Corruption in Eastern Europe: Politics After Communism

Russia’s Far East: New Dynamics in Asia Pacific and Beyond

Rensselaer Lee and Artyom Lukin

The strategically pivotal Russian Far East—a vast expanse stretching from Lake Baikal to the Pacific Ocean—is notable not only for its rich natural resources, but also for the economic challenges, internal dissent, and risks of foreign encroachment that it faces. Rensselaer Lee and Artyom Lukin explore the history, economics, and politics of the RFE in the context of its geopolitical    More >

Russia’s Far East: New Dynamics in Asia Pacific and Beyond

Conflict in Macedonia: Exploring a Paradox in the Former Yugoslavia

Sasho Ripiloski

How did Macedonia attain its status as the only Yugoslav republic to achieve a nonviolent transition to independence in the early 1990s? And why did the initial peace fail to endure? Sasho Ripiloski traces Macedonia's peaceful extrication from the Yugoslav morass and then examines the new country's subsequent state-building efforts and offers an explanation for its later collapse into    More >

Conflict in Macedonia: Exploring a Paradox in the Former Yugoslavia

Governing the Czech Republic and Slovakia: Between State Socialism and the European Union

John A. Scherpereel

Why do democratic leaders sometimes choose not to establish institutions that would promote the consolidation of democracy? And what are the consequences of those choices? Focusing on the cases of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, John Scherpereel explores the interplay of historical institutional legacies, short-term elite interests, and international pressures (i.e., EU conditionality) in the    More >

Governing the Czech Republic and Slovakia: Between State Socialism and the European Union

Russia vs. the EU: The Competition for Influence in Post-Soviet States

Jakob Tolstrup

Do Russia and the European Union have any substantial influence over the political trajectories of post-Soviet states? Shedding new light on the interplay between domestic and external drivers of regime change, Jakob Tolstrup analyzes the impact of Russia and the EU on the democratization and autocratization processes in Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine.    More >

Russia vs. the EU: The Competition for Influence in Post-Soviet States

Human Rights in Russia: A Darker Side of Reform

Jonathan Weiler

The connection between Soviet authoritarianism and human rights violations once seemed unassailable, as did the belief that a transition away from communist rule would lead to better protection of human rights. Challenging these assumptions, Jonathan Weiler argues that the tumultuous processes associated with political and economic reform have, in important instances, eroded human rights in    More >

Human Rights in Russia: A Darker Side of Reform

Biosecurity in Putin’s Russia

Raymond A. Zilinskas and Philippe Mauger

In March 2012, at a meeting convened by the recently reelected Russian president Vladimir Putin, Minister of Defense Serdyukov informed Mr. Putin that a plan was being prepared for "the development of weapons based on new physical principles: radiation, geophysical wave, genetic, psychophysical, etc." Subsequently, in response to concerns expressed both in Russia and abroad, the Russian    More >

Biosecurity in Putin’s Russia