A new balance of power. Russia in search of foreign policy balance. Read and buy

“States are equal only in theory; in life they are very unequal. The regulation of their relations takes place not on a legal basis, but on a forceful basis. “

  • Author: Dmitry Trenin
  • Publisher: Alpina Publisher
  • Number of pages: 472
  • Weight: 640 g
  • ISBN: 978-5-9614-5970-8
  • Year of publication: 2021

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After 2014, Russia has become noticeably more active in foreign policy, but a clear strategy is not yet visible. In the days of the USSR, the United States and I competed for influence throughout the world, and after 1991, for some time we tried to integrate into the West. Do we need to become a superpower again? How to balance internal opportunities and activity outside the country? How to build relationships with closest neighbors, including China? Do we have points of contact with the United States and Western Europe?

The new book by Russian international affairs officer Dmitry Trenin is an invitation to a broad discussion on the most important issues of Russian foreign policy. The author examines the foundations on which Russia’s relations with other states are built, such as sovereignty, national interest, international law, and the balance of power. Provides an overview of Moscow’s foreign policy under the leadership of Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin.

Analyzing the successes, failures and mistakes of the recent past, the author proposes to reflect on how Russia can build an independent and balanced foreign policy strategy in a rapidly changing world.


“The very existence of Russia as an independent and influential figure is a factor that balances the world situation.”

“The priority of its own sovereignty – that is, the refusal to recognize any supreme power over its state – lies at the heart of Russia’s traditional appeal to international law as a regulator of international relations.”

“In Russia, the trigger for the most serious national catastrophes is the loss of control over the situation by the supreme power.”

“In the 2020s and beyond, Russian politics should focus on the idea of ​​developing Russia itself. This is not only an objective need, but also a subjective desire of the absolute majority of the country’s citizens. ”

Expert reviews

Rarely, very rarely, books on politics are exciting. This book stands alone. She grabs from the first page and does not let go until the very last. From my point of view, this is the first, if not the only, book that soberly, objectively and deeply analyzes the state of the world from the moment it began to change: Mikhail Gorbachev came to power. Dmitry Trenin’s book is a must-read for anyone with a genuine interest in international politics. She is – and I am convinced of this – a classic of her genre. With which I sincerely congratulate the author. Vladimir Pozner, journalist, TV presenter

I have been reading Dmitry Trenin, often with a pencil in hand, for many years, and I am becoming more and more convinced that he is one of the best, if not the best, of our analysts. The current work – an encyclopedia of international reality of recent decades – is a convincing confirmation of this. Anatoly Adamishin, deputy. Minister of Foreign Affairs of the USSR, Russian Ambassador to Italy and Great Britain, 1st Deputy. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia

The book will be extremely useful and interesting for those who believe in rational behavior and want to understand the real motives for action in foreign policy. The author places current events in a wide geographical and temporal context, which allows him to immediately reduce the intensity of emotions. And this, in today’s atmosphere, is almost the sacred mission of any commentator, and Trenin copes with it masterfully. Fedor Lukyanov, Editor-in-Chief of Russia in Global Affairs magazine, Chairman of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy.

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