Russia in the World: From Cold War to Putin's Wars
Traces evolution of Russian Federation foreign policy from the collapse of the Soviet Union at the beginning of the 1990s to the 2022 war in Ukraine. Examines elements of Russian grand strategy: military, economic (especially oil and gas), and diplomatic tools. Explores the role of one individual, President Vladimir Putin, in shaping policy in an increasingly autocratic state. Focuses on Russia's relations with its neighbors, former allies, Europe, and the wider world, including the United States. Identifies linkages between domestic politics and events and foreign policy. Assignments focus on translating historical knowledge into actionable policy advice to meet current challenges.