Putins World

Putins World[KINDLE] ✽ Putins World By Angela Stent – Heartforum.co.uk We all now live in a paranoid and polarized world of Putin’s making and the Russian leader through guile and disruption has resurrected Russia’s status as a force to be reckoned with From renowned We all now live in a paranoid and polarized world of Putin’s making and the Russian leader through guile and disruption has resurrected Russia’s status as a force to be reckoned with From renowned foreign policy expert Angela Stent comes a must read dissection of present day Russian motives on the global stageHow did Russia manage to emerge resurgent on the world stage and play a weak hand so effectively Is it because Putin is a brilliant strategist Or has Russia stepped into a vacuum created by the West’s distraction with its own domestic problems and US ambivalence about whether it still wants to act as a superpower PUTIN’S WORLD examines the country’s turbulent past how it has influenced Putin the Russians’ understanding of their position on the global stage and their future ambitions — and their conviction that the West has tried to deny them a seat at the table of great powers since the USSR collapsedThis book looks at Russia’s key relationships — its downward spiral with the United States Europe and NATO; its ties to China Japan the Middle East; and with its neighbors particularly the fraught relationship with Ukraine PUTIN’S WORLD will help Americans understand how and why the post Cold War era has given way to a new dangerous world one in which Russia poses a challenge to the United States in every corner of the globe — and one in which Russia has become a toxic and divisive subject in US politics.

Angela Stent is director of the Center for Eurasian Russian and East European Studies and a professor of government and foreign service at Georgetown University From to she served as national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia at the National Intelligence Council She is the author of The Limits of Partnership US Russian Relations in the Twenty First Century for which she w.

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  • Hardcover
  • 448 pages
  • Putins World
  • Angela Stent
  • English
  • 06 March 2015
  • 9781455533022

10 thoughts on “Putins World

  1. Louise says:

    This book’s focus is Putin’s foreign policy After an overview author Angela Stent goes country by country giving enough of the country’s history with Russia to inform what she has to say about today’s relationships For Russia itself she covers what she calls “frozen wars” and separatist movementsDespite having influence out of proportion to the size of its economy and population Russia wants a larger share of recognition and respect There is little empathy for the national grieving for its loss of “empire” in the 1980’s While Russia is not looking to restore the former Soviet Union it uses many means and methods to restore its importance in the world The autocracy of the tzars was replaced only briefly by western style leadership Russians perceive the Gorbachev and Yeltsin years as chaotic with a weak economy The authoritarian leadership of Putin is widely accepted by Russians Unlike the west or at least the west of the recent past issues of human rights and democracy do not factor into its foreign relations decisions The first country profiled is Germany where the relationship might be most complex Russia won “The Great Patriotic War” with great sacrifice At the war’s end Russia was militarily and politically able to bring about its control countries like Germany that were on or near its borders In the break up of the Soviet Union the Russian perspective is that it “allowed” its client states to be free In “allowing” East Germany to unite with West German its former client state became a NATO member Russia does not see any irony in that NATO was formed for collective defense against Russia East Germany is now a member of the much hated by Putin European Union Stent notes that westerners do not understand the power of these feelings of lossPutin has not been sitting back as its former satellites gravitate to Europe for trade and defense He has set up consortia to parallel NATO and the EU and made life uncomfortable for those countries that look to the west He has built his influence in the Middle East by defending Assad and befriending Netanyahu He has made deals with China to counterbalance the dollars and influence of the West He has constrained border wars such as the one with Japan and the “frozen” wars of territories within Russia Stent shows how the Ukraine is not just any domino for Putin He views it as part of Russia which must be kept at any cost hence he sends soldiers and contractors “little green men to maintain a low grade war Unlike many foreign policy books this is very easy to read Stent never bogs down in acronyms extraneous history or arcane policy talk There is a lot here and I am much better informed than I was only a week ago The weakness of the book is that while corruption and Russia’s lack of respect for its civil and human rights at home and abroad are mentioned they are only in the backdrop The oligarchs and dissident journalists are a part of “Putin’s World” and each deserving of a chapter

  2. Nicolaus Stengl says:

    Angela Stent’s Putin’s World is an excellent overview of contemporary Russian politics examining Russia’s relation to its neighbors eg the EU the former Eastern Bloc countries America and China and itself and its past Stent is able to condense much of Russia’s history into 350 pages which is bound to omit context and cultural elements in her attempt to explain Russia today I applaud Stent’s attempt and I do think she does an excellent job in elucidating the historical context and political motives of Russia Nonetheless after reading the book I found the brief conclusions to be unsatisfying and am still left trying to decipher the alway enigmatic Putin And so we are left asking the uestion What does Putin really want?

  3. Chris Sosa says:

    For anyone seeking a deeper analysis of Russian President Vladimir Putin beyond the breathless headlines and talking heads of cable news Angela Stent has produced a uality work based in serious scholarshipStent examines the contemporary relationship between Russia and its global partners and adversaries with objective clarity Putin is portrayed as a three dimensional leader whose immovable worldview based in his own formative experiences presents a uniue problem for the proponents of democracy as Russia gains strategic footing through its amoral approach to foreign policyPutin's World delivers on its title and presents a global perspective of a leader freuently viewed through a hyper specific context in the contemporary United States

  4. Randal White says:

    An interesting look into the world of Vladimir Putin and his control of Russia Determined to bring Russia into his vision of a world leader the book explains how Putin is expanding and controlling Russia's foreign policy Led by his anger at being denied his seat at the table by America he seems to go out of his way to stick his finger in our eye It also covers Russia's relationships with Europe China and the Middle East And the meddling with our electoral process There is no way around it Putin is a megalomaniac thug One totally dedicated to his own self preservation I doubt that we the US could have done anything different to thwart his ambitions But it does amaze me that we are so bad at predicting the rise of these cretins and coming up with ways of stopping them before they become so influential A good read

  5. Donna Hines says:

    A solid new piece by Angela Stent in addressing how Russia came to be the power they now hold the division within and the leader who gets all the credit when he probably shouldn'tThis was a fab new look into Russia their government their chaos their inability to work well with others and Location location location is at the top of the agenda as we look into a popular leader in play and a country that seems remote in both time and placeThe EU Ukraine Voting concerns taking out the enemies via use of poisonings and so much is discussed in specific detail that leaves no stone unturnedA good read for anyone interested in history and beyondThank you to Angela the pub Netgalley and Kindle for this ARC in exchange for this honest review

  6. Gokhan Balaban says:

    This book by Georgetown professor Angela Stent serves as an excellent introduction for the general American reader who wants to know about Russia The author begins by laying out some groundwork for a solid base knowledge about Russia a base from which other information should keep in mind as a backdrop For example it may be difficult for the average American to appreciate the scope and depth of Russia's tragic 20th century Just in the twenty five years during the reign of Stalin Russia had 20 million deaths due to collectivization and famine on its' farms and the political purges of the regime Twenty seven million Russians perished in World War II The scale of such tragedy has been depicted by Russian leaders as a source of Russian pride A Russia as the author of this book puts it that defeats all enemies through endurance and adversity Indeed Russia's leaders in their managing of Russians' collective narrative and sentiment about their nation strive to evoke not a land of repression and murder but a uniue civilization with a grand destiny And as a nation with a long history of empire and international relations projecting this image to the world has also been important Thus in the expertly produced opening ceremonies of the Olympic games in 2014 foreign spectators were taken on what Stent calls a riveting ride through Russian history with household names like Catherine the Great and Leo Tolstoy making appearances at the show While Russia stands out among nations for both the uality of its' achievements and the deep devastation it has wrought it may very well proclaim that with greatness comes a price One can't blame Russia's leaders too much for skewing the facts so that the greatness overshadows the price but as a historical world power that's had great influence over other people the price is well accounted for by others One just has to think of the public opinions of Russia in places like Poland and Ukraine Or what Russia's Jews and Muslims think about the price that's been paid for the country's greatnessIt's as if a leader like Putin has basically been telling the world take us as we are and decide for yourselves if partnering with us is in your best interests Stent shows that Putin's managed a variety of successes on the world stage mostly in Asia and the Middle East It would be wrong to attribute this success solely on Russia's ability to offer potential and actual allies with transactional benefits and its' use of strategic machinations There is a portion of the Russian populace that holds formidable cultural capital when it comes to world knowledge and engagement as I discovered while living in the country on a Fulbright grant from 2009 10 My university students in Ekaterinburg were acuiring at least two foreign languages and sought to engage foreigners in their city with a sincere effort to create relations of mutual understanding and respect For some of them this international interest stemmed from a dissatisfaction with the state of affairs in Russia as one student put it she planned to emigrate to Germany because of her deeming Russia a бедная страна poor country Others had attachment and pride in being Russian and behaved as self aware stewards of Russia representing their country to the world And Russia as a civilizational entity with its' ability to showcase strength and independence on the world arena has certainly drawn admirers from abroad I recall Turkish students in Ekaterinburg coming to study there with a real fondness for Russia a place they could identify with than Western countries

  7. Piker7977 says:

    Stent has provided a sober analysis of the complex role that Putin and Russia have in the world Much of the hysteria news and noise is cut out from her assessment This is a reasonable rational and non partisan look at one of the world's most powerful leaders and the difficulties the West has in the post Cold War order Is he the bogeyman hiding under Democrats' beds? Is he the sympathetic figure from Oliver Stone's interviews? Is he a swell guy who ultimately has America's best interests at heart? No Russia is a great nation and civilization with a deep history that is to be respected Putin understands this legacy and uses it to his advantage when projecting power in the Russian sphere of influence and around the world According to Stent his job is simple and he deserves credit for some of his accomplishments The goal is to return Russia's great power status to the stature of the Cold War when the USSR was viewed as America's sole competitor; perhaps in some aspects an eual However this does not mean bringing back communism as that system is dead What Putin has done so far is achieve foreign policy alliances within the Middle East and China brought hegemony over historically and symbolically important regions in Ukraine and Georgia and prove to the world that the West will not interfere within the immediate Russian sphere of influence as the nation gains powerThe uestion of what comes next ultimately rests on the West's shoulders If Putin is not the mastermind James Bond type villain seeking control of the world then how has he been able to undermine institutions and erode faith in the global international system? This comes from within the West itself Any regional power looking for a larger share the world's stage whose ideals don't include democracy rule of law and free markets would benefit from cracks in the alliance created after 1945 Enter the Age of Insecurity as named by Ian Kershaw with Trump and Brexit being the jokers in the deck The West can only implode from within rather than crumble from outside attacks by peripheral powers If the actions of a leader and nation outside of your area of influence do not sit well and pose a threat of ripping your own country apart then perhaps it is time to reaffirm faith in your institutions educate the demos on the ideals which are difficult to live up to but important nonetheless and blow the dust off of containment strategies that could still be useful in the 21st century

  8. MH says:

    Stent examines Putin's worldview in this book in a fairly balanced manner until the last few chapters on this in the second paragraph She draws on centuries of Russian history to paint the bigger picture This is pretty impressive given most English language books about Putin essentially say he is a terrible person and Russia needs to accept the West's rules Westerners don't realize that the average Russian is happy with the stability Putin has provided after the chaos of the 90sThat said I was not impressed with Stent's clearly slanted diatribe against President Trump in the last few chapters She talks a lot about things Trump is suspected of doing with Russia but completely ignores Hillary Clinton's collusion in the whole affair Stent just loses her balance at the end Oh and she doesn't talk about how the US interfered with Russia's elections in the 90s So why is the Trump thing a big deal of none of the other events are worth mentioning?That said I would still recommend this book to someone seeking to understand Russia better

  9. Brian Higdon says:

    This book reads like a collection of news stories in that it doesn't present a cohesive thesis and hardly provides any original insights regarding modern Russia It also mentions the same events without any awareness that they were already discussed earlier in the book

  10. Peter Chang says:

    like a general overview of Russia's foreign policy but lack deep and comprehensive analyses eg it would be hard to imagine that Putin has been doing all of these alone so what is behind all of these? why Russian elites support him?

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