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Published: 13 January 2017

408 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190253301

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Near Abroad

Putin, the West and the Contest over Ukraine and the Caucasus

Gerard Toal

  • Provides a compelling account of the origins of the Russian-Georgian War of 2008, Russia's annexation of Crimea and the current war in Eastern Ukraine
  • Argues that liberal and realist explanations of these wars fail to appreciate the geographical entanglements characterizing Russia's Near Abroad
  • Illustrates how revanchist desires and rescue fantasies characterize the geopolitical cultures of all sides in the contest over Georgia and Ukraine.
  • Makes the case for moving beyond Cold War inspired 'thin geopolitics' in US foreign policy towards Russia and its neighboring states