Journal of Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society Volume 6, No. 1 (2020)

Volume 6, No. 1 (2020)

Edited by Julie Fedor, Gergana Dimova, and Andreas Umland

ibidem Press

Journal of Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society Volume 6, No. 1 (2020)

Pub Date: May 2020

ISBN: 9783838214160

260 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $40.00

Pub Date: May 2020

ISBN: 9783838274164

260 Pages

Format: E-book

List Price: $24.99

Journal of Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society Volume 6, No. 1 (2020)

Volume 6, No. 1 (2020)

Edited by Julie Fedor, Gergana Dimova, and Andreas Umland

ibidem Press

This special section deals with Russia’s post-Maidan foreign policy towards the so-called “near abroad,” or the former Soviet states. This is an important and timely topic, as Russia’s policy perspectives have changed dramatically since 2013/2014, as have those of its neighbors. The Kremlin today is paradoxically following an aggressive “realist” agenda that seeks to clearly delineate its sphere of influence in Europe and Eurasia while simultaneously attempting to promote “soft-power” and a historical-civilizational justification for its recent actions in Ukraine (and elsewhere). The result is an often perplexing amalgam of policy positions that are difficult to disentangle. The contributors to this special issue are all regional specialists based either in Europe or the United States.

About the Author

George Soroka received his PhD in Political Science from Harvard University in 2014. He is currently working on a book regarding how contentious historical interpretations function in defining contemporary foreign-policy objectives between Poland, Ukraine, and Russia.

Tomasz Stêpniewski is an associate professor at the Institute of Political Science and International Affairs, Faculty of Social Sciences, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. He is also the co-editor (along with Soroka) of the book Ukraine after Maidan: Revisiting Domestic and Regional Security (Stuttgart: ibidem 2018).