Russia in the 21st Century: The Prodigal Superpower

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Cambridge University Press, 2005 - Business & Economics - 244 pages
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This book demonstrates that Russia intends to re-emerge as a full fledged superpower before 2010 that would challenge America and China and potentially threaten a new arms race. Contrary to conventional wisdom, this goal is easily within the Kremlin's grasp, but the cost to the Russian people and global security would be immense. A sophisticated strategy is proposed to dissuade President Vladimir Putin from pursuing this destabilizing course. The cold war image of the Soviet Union as a westernizing, mass consumption society committed to "peaceful coexistence" is exposed as a statistical illusion. A critique of American foreign policymaking is also provided that emphasizes the confusion caused by tempering evidence to conform with public expectations by failing to secure the national interest in favor of satisfying a consensus of particular special interests.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
After The End of History
11
Prodigal Superpower
21
Structural Militarization
33
What Could Have Been Done?
58
Muscovite Metamorphosis
68
MilitaryIndustrial Reform
86
National Vulnerabilities
101
Putins Choice
117
Candor
123
Conclusion
131
Glossary
137
Notes
147
Selected Bibliography
219
Index
235
Copyright

The Miasma of Global Engagement
112

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About the author (2005)

Steven Rosefielde is Professor of Economics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and Adjunct Professor of Defense and Strategic Studies, Center for Defense and Strategic Studies, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield. The author or editor of eleven books on Russian and Soviet studies, he has also published more than 100 articles in journals such as the American Economic Review, European Economic Review, Economica, Soviet Studies, and Europe-Asia Studies. Professor Rosefielde is a Member of the Russian Academy of Natural Science and was a Fellow of the Carnegie Corporation of New York from 2001 to 2003. He has served as a consultant to the Office of the Secretary of Defense as well as advised several Directors of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. National Intelligence Council. Professor Rosefielde has also worked continuously with the Swedish Defense Agency and the Central Economics and Mathematics Institute (Moscow) for more than a quarter century, and with the Center for Defense and Foreign Policy (Moscow) for more than a decade.