Russia and Its Future With the West

Book - 2015
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There is no question that tensions between Russia and America are on the rise. The forced annexation of Crimea, the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17, and the Russian government's treatment of homosexuals have created diplomatic standoffs and led to a volley of economic sanctions. In America, much of the blame for Russia's recent hostility has fallen on steely-eyed President Vladimir Putin and many have begun to wonder if they we are witnessing the rebirth of Cold War-style dictatorship.

Not so fast, argues veteran historian Walter Laqueur.
For two decades, Laqueur has been ahead of the curve, predicting events in post-Soviet Russia with uncanny accuracy. In Putinism , he deftly demonstrates how three long-standing pillars of Russian ideology-a strong belief in the Orthodox Church, a sense of Eurasian "manifest destiny," and a fear of foreign enemies-continue to exert a powerful influence on the Russian populous. In fact, today's Russians have more in common with their counterparts from 1904 than 1954 and Putin is much more a servant of his people than we might think.
Topical and provocative, Putinism contains much more than historical analysis. Looking to the future, Laqueur explains how America's tendency to see Russia as a Cold War relic is dangerous and premature. Russia can and will challenge the West and it is in our best interest to figure out exactly who we are facing-and what they want-before it is too late.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, ©2015.
ISBN: 9781250064752
Characteristics: xiv, 271 pages ;,25 cm.


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Feb 21, 2017

Partnering with an editor would have made this book an easier read. The author is clearly well-versed but rambled at times (with an odd note of referring to Russia as the fatherland, when it's traditionally called the motherland.) Putin himself is not introduced until Chapter 4. That said, it's a scholarly attempt at understanding Russia's history, self-image, European/Asian ties, and thoughts on how a "post-Putin" government may/may not evolve.

Jun 24, 2016

"Putin" in French means "whore" - the rest follows. He is playing a new Cold War comedy to serve the West's goals - acquire more modern arms against ghost "enemies." And who is the loser? The crowd is, who believe in this show as if it was real. Not so long ago Putin ate pecan pie on the Bush's ranch; today he is palying the role of "strong, bad guy." Tomorrow he may play something else. And what about churches that lead us toward "God's Kingdom?" Well, I am not inventing this, but Dr. Bill Deagle, PhD said on talk radio in 2007 that a pastor, a relative of his told him the police gives instructions to pastors on what to tell the crowd in church. That's God's word, eh?

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