Tag: PUTIN

Imperial Gamble Putin, Ukraine, and the New Cold War


Imperial Gamble: Putin, Ukraine, and the New Cold War By Marvin Kalb
2015 | 313 Pages | ISBN: 0815726643 | EPUB | 1 MB
Marvin Kalb, a former journalist and Harvard professor, traces how the Crimea of Catherine the Great became a global tinder box. The world was stunned when Vladimir Putin invaded and seized Crimea in March 2014. In the weeks that followed, pro-Russian rebels staged uprisings in southeastern Ukraine. The United States and its Western allies immediately imposed strict sanctions on Russia and whenever possible tried to isolate it diplomatically.This sharp deterioration in East-West relations has raised basic questions about Putin’s provocative policies and the future of Russia and Ukraine. Marvin Kalb, who wrote commentaries for Edward R. Murrow before becoming CBS News’ Moscow bureau chief in the late 1950’s, and who also served as a translator and junior press officer at the US Embassy in Moscow, argues that, contrary to conventional wisdom, Putin did not "suddenly" decide to invade Crimea. He had been waiting for the right moment ever since disgruntled Ukrainians rose in revolt against his pro-Russian regime in Kiev’s Maidan Square. These demonstrations led Putin to conclude that Ukraine’s opposition constituted an existential threat to Russia.Imperial Gamble examines how Putin reached that conclusion by taking a critical look at the recent political history of post-Soviet Russia. It also journeys deep into Russian and Ukrainian history to explain what keeps them together and yet at the same time drives them apart.Kalb believes that the post-cold war world hangs today on the resolution of the Ukraine crisis. So long as it is treated as a problem to be resolved by Russia, on the one side, and the United States and Europe, on the other, it will remain a danger zone with global consequences. The only sensible solution lies in both Russia and Ukraine recognizing that their futures are irrevocably linked by geography, power, politics, and the history that Kalb brings to life in Imperial Gamble.

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Near Abroad Putin, the West, and the Contest over Ukraine and the Caucasus [Audiobook]


English | ASIN: B0B8F4MTXG | 2022 | 13 hours and 30 minutes | MP3 | M4B | 371 MB
Before Russia invaded Ukraine, it invaded Georgia. Both states are part of Russia’s "near abroad"-newly independent states that were once part of the Soviet Union. While the Russia-Georgia war of 2008 faded from the headlines in the wake of the global recession, the geopolitical contest that created it did not. Six years later, the specter of a revanchist Russia returned when Putin’s forces invaded and annexed the Crimean peninsula. Crimea’s annexation and follow on conflict in eastern Ukraine have generated the greatest geopolitical crisis on the European continent since the end of the Cold War.
In Near Abroad, the eminent political geographer Gerard Toal moves beyond the polemical rhetoric that surrounds Russia’s interventions in Georgia and Ukraine to study the underlying territorial conflicts and geopolitical struggles. Central to understanding are legacies of the Soviet Union collapse: unresolved territorial issues, weak states and a conflicted geopolitical culture in Russia over the new territorial order. The West’s desire to expand NATO contributed to a growing geopolitical contest in Russia’s near abroad. This found expression in a 2008 NATO proclamation that Georgia and Ukraine will become members of NATO, a "red line" issue for Russia. The road to invasion and war in Georgia and Ukraine, thereafter, is explained in Near Abroad.

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Putin’s Russia, 8th Edition


English | 2023 | ISBN: 1538148676, 1538148684 | 455 pages | True PDF EPUB | 9.12 MB
Thoroughly revised, expanded, and updated, the new edition of this classic text provides the most authoritative and current analysis of contemporary Russia. Leading scholars explore the domestic and international problems Russia confronts, including political, economic, societal, and foreign policy issues. The new edition provides an analysis from multiple perspectives on the major challenges facing Russia and Putin’s regime. Updates include new sections on corruption, Russia’s conflicts with Ukraine and Georgia, Russia’s response to Only by understanding these challenges-and previous efforts to deal with them-will it be possible to understand the trajectory for Russia. Well written and clearly organized, this text is an indispensable guide for anyone wanting to understand contemporary Russia.

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Russia Rising Putin’s Foreign Policy in the Middle East and North Africa


Dimitar Bechev, "Russia Rising: Putin’s Foreign Policy in the Middle East and North Africa"
English | ISBN: 0755636643 | 2021 | 224 pages | EPUB | 1184 KB
The war in Syria has put Russia at the centre of Middle Eastern politics. Moscow’s return to the region following a prolonged period of absence has enhanced its geopolitical status at a time it has emerged as a rival to the West. Yet, contrary to the media hype, Vladimir Putin is not set to become the new power-broker in this strategically important part of the world.

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Inside Putin’s Brain The Political Philosophy of Alexander Dugin


Michael Millerman, "Inside "Putin’s Brain": The Political Philosophy of Alexander Dugin"
English | 2022 | ASIN: B0B6JKMW7S | 252 pages | EPUB | 0.78 MB
"You may disagree with something Millerman writes about Dugin, but you cannot ignore him. He is the leading English-language interpreter of Dugin’s thought…" -Benjamin R. Teitelbaum, author of War for Eternity: The Rise of the Populist Right and the Return of Traditionalism

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Putin, US Edition


Philip Short, "Putin, US Edition"
English | ISBN: 1627793666 | 2022 | EPUB | 864 pages | 36 MB
The first comprehensive, fully up-to-date biography of Vladimir Putin, woven into the tumultuous saga of Russia over the last sixty years

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Inside Putin’s Brain The Political Philosophy of Alexander Dugin


Inside "Putin’s Brain": The Political Philosophy of Alexander Dugin by Michael Millerman
English | July 13, 2022 | ASIN: B0B6JKMW7S | True AZW3 | 252 pages | 0.9 MB
"You may disagree with something Millerman writes about Dugin, but you cannot ignore him. He is the leading English-language interpreter of Dugin’s thought…" -Benjamin R. Teitelbaum, author of War for Eternity: The Rise of the Populist Right and the Return of Traditionalism

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Putin and His Neighbors Russia’s Policies toward Eurasia


Dina R. Spechler, "Putin and His Neighbors: Russia’s Policies toward Eurasia"
English | ISBN: 1498588719 | 2019 | 162 pages | PDF | 1053 KB
Russian President Vladimir Putin has implemented a set of policies toward his neighbors intended to help him re-establish his country’s status as a major world power. These have included dominating, as far as possible, the independent states that once were part of the USSR and preventing further NATO encroachment on Russia’s borders. He has also sought a pragmatic partnership with China to help bolster the Russian economy in the face of Western sanctions and declining revenues from oil and gas. This book argues that Putin’s efforts have been largely, although not entirely, successful. Inthe future, however, the weakness of the Russian economy as compared to China’s may pose a threat to Moscow’s ability to maintain a Russian sphere of influence in its own neighborhood.

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