Few world leaders of recent times have excited as much interest and speculation as Russian president Vladimir Putin. Emerging from virtual obscurity, he has become the symbol of a resurgent nation, committed to both positive engagement with the West and the vigorous pursuit of Russian interests. In this original and significant work, Bobo Lo explores the Putin foreign policy transformation and considers whether a fundamental shift has occurred in Moscow's approach towards the outside world.
'This is a particularly lucid, well-informed and sensible analysis of
Putin's approach to Russian foreign policy which professionals and
laymen alike can read with pleasure as well as profit.' - Sir Rodric Braithwaite, former UK Ambassador to Russia
'A well written and vigorously argued book. It is the best overall
assessment to date of Putin's foreign policy.' - Dr Alex Pravda, Director, Russian and East European Centre, St Antony's College, University of Oxford
'Bobo Lo's insight into the opaque world of Russian foreign policy is unique. The way perceptions and myths mix with pragmatism and cynicism to form Moscow's outlook on the world is a fascinating read, which should remain a standard work in its field for a long
time.' - Konstantin Eggert, BBC Russian Service Bureau Chief in Moscow