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Putin's Russia and the Enlarged Europe

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Roy Allison|, Margot Light|, Stephen White
Blackwell Publishing (November 2006)

This authoritative work examines recent changes in Russia's relations with the EU and NATO and explores the patterns of support for these various orientations among its own elites and public. The book

  • Investigates Russian engagement with the enlarged European Union and NATO
  • Evaluates the serious choices to be made on both sides about the obstacles to good relations, and about the policies to enable a form of Russian 'inclusion without membership'
  • Draws on extensive interviews with Russian decision-makers as well as a body of new survey evidence, official sources and recently published debates.
  • Anticipates the issues that will become increasingly prominent, including competition in the 'common neighbourhood' and controversy over the role of values in shaping Russia's future position in Europe.


'This is an excellent and up-to-date study of Russia's ambivalent relationship with Europe and with European and Atlantic institutions. Under Putin, it demonstrates, the contradictions characteristic of Russian policy towards 'the West' have sharpened in the face of NATO and EU enlargement: fears of exclusion from the European state system, hesitations over inclusion, doubts and divisions over Russia's national identity, insistence that Russia cannot be required to operate within the rules that apply to other European states.'
Lord Wallace of Saltaire, emeritus professor of international relations at LSE and Liberal Democrat foreign affairs spokesperson, House of Lords

'How the EU and Russia coexist and cooperate will be a key issue over the next generation. The EU's approach thus far towards the emerging Russia has been bedevilled by incoherence and inconsistency stemming from inadequate understanding. This meticulous study by three authoritative experts helps to bridge that gap, pulling together the manifold threads which connect Russia and Western Europe, and exploring attitudes and sources of tension on both sides. It should be required reading for policy-makers.'
Sir Roderic Lyne, former UK ambassador to Russia

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