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Power and Purpose

Power and Purpose

This book traces the evolution of American foreign policy toward the Soviet Union, and later Russia, during the tumultuous and uncertain period following the end of the cold war.

Author: James M. Goldgeier

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

ISBN: 9780815796176

Category: Political Science

Page: 480

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Russia, once seen as America's greatest adversary, is now viewed by the United States as a potential partner. This book traces the evolution of American foreign policy toward the Soviet Union, and later Russia, during the tumultuous and uncertain period following the end of the cold war. It examines how American policymakers—particularly in the executive branch—coped with the opportunities and challenges presented by the new Russia. Drawing on extensive interviews with senior U.S. and Russian officials, the authors explain George H. W. Bush's response to the dramatic coup of August 1991 and the Soviet breakup several months later, examine Bill Clinton's efforts to assist Russia's transformation and integration, and analyze George W. Bush's policy toward Russia as September 11 and the war in Iraq transformed international politics. Throughout, the book focuses on the benefits and perils of America's efforts to promote democracy and markets in Russia as well as reorient Russia from security threat to security ally. Understanding how three U.S. administrations dealt with these critical policy questions is vital in assessing not only America's Russia policy, but also efforts that might help to transform and integrate other former adversaries in the future.
Categories: Political Science

Russia s Unfinished Revolution

Russia s Unfinished Revolution

Russia's Unfinished Revolution is a comprehensive history of Russia during this crucial period.

Author: Michael McFaul

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801488141

Category: History

Page: 408

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For centuries, dictators ruled Russia. Tsars and Communist Party chiefs were in charge for so long some analysts claimed Russians had a cultural predisposition for authoritarian leaders. Yet, as a result of reforms initiated by Mikhail Gorbachev, new political institutions have emerged that now require election of political leaders and rule by constitutional procedures. Michael McFaul—described by the New York Times as "one of the leading Russia experts in the United States"—traces Russia's tumultuous political history from Gorbachev's rise to power in 1985 through the 1999 resignation of Boris Yeltsin in favor of Vladimir Putin. McFaul divides his account of the post-Soviet country into three periods: the Gorbachev era (1985-1991), the First Russian Republic (1991–1993), and the Second Russian Republic (1993–present). The first two were, he believes, failures—failed institutional emergence or failed transitions to democracy. By contrast, new democratic institutions did emerge in the third era, though not the institutions of a liberal democracy. McFaul contends that any explanation for Russia's successes in shifting to democracy must also account for its failures. The Russian/Soviet case, he says, reveals the importance of forging social pacts; the efforts of Russian elites to form alliances failed, leading to two violent confrontations and a protracted transition from communism to democracy. McFaul spent a great deal of time in Moscow in the 1990s and witnessed firsthand many of the events he describes. This experience, combined with frequent visits since and unparalleled access to senior Russian policymakers and politicians, has resulted in an astonishingly well-informed account. Russia's Unfinished Revolution is a comprehensive history of Russia during this crucial period.
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After the Collapse of Communism

After the Collapse of Communism

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Author: Professor Michael McFaul, PhD

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521834848

Category: Political Science

Page: 280

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Between Dictatorship and Democracy

Between Dictatorship and Democracy

If not, what kind of political regime did take hold in post-Soviet Russia? And how has Vladimir Putin's rise to power influenced the course of democratic consolidation or the lack thereof? This book explores these issues.

Author: Michael McFaul

Publisher: Carnegie Endowment

ISBN: 0870032062

Category: Political Science

Page: 364

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For hundreds of years, dictators have ruled Russia. Do they still? In the late 1980s, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev launched a series of political reforms that eventually allowed for competitive elections, the emergence of an independent press, the formation of political parties, and the sprouting of civil society. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, these proto-democratic institutions endured in an independent Russia. But did the processes unleashed by Gorbachev and continued under Russian President Boris Yeltsin lead eventually to liberal democracy in Russia? If not, what kind of political regime did take hold in post-Soviet Russia? And how has Vladimir Putin's rise to power influenced the course of democratic consolidation or the lack thereof? Between Dictatorship and Democracy seeks to give a comprehensive answer to these fundamental questions about the nature of Russian politics.
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The Troubled Birth of Russian Democracy

The Troubled Birth of Russian Democracy

Historical background on the parties, selected interviews with prominent members of these groups, and important party documents.

Author: Michael McFaul

Publisher: Hoover Institution Press Publi

ISBN: UOM:39015031812848

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 344

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Historical background on the parties, selected interviews with prominent members of these groups, and important party documents.
Categories: Business & Economics

Advancing Democracy Abroad

Advancing Democracy Abroad

In Advancing Democracy Abroad, McFaul explains how democracy provides a more accountable system of government, greater economic prosperity, and better security compared with other systems of government.

Author: Michael McFaul

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442201118

Category: Political Science

Page: 310

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In Advancing Democracy Abroad, McFaul explains how democracy provides a more accountable system of government, greater economic prosperity, and better security compared with other systems of government. He then shows how Americans have benefited from the advance of democracy abroad in the past, and speculates about security, economic, and moral benefits for the United States from potential democratic gains around the world.
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Popular Choice and Managed Democracy

Popular Choice and Managed Democracy

This book demonstrates key trends in an extinct superpower, a troubled country in whose stability, modernization, and openness to the international community the West still has a huge stake.

Author: Timothy J. Colton

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

ISBN: 9780815796190

Category: Political Science

Page: 330

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Twice in the winter of 1999-2000, citizens of the Russian Federation flocked to their neighborhood voting stations and scratched their ballots in an atmosphere of uncertainty, rancor, and fear. This book is a tale of these two elections—one for the 450-seat Duma, the other for President. Despite financial crisis, a national security emergency in Chechnya, and cabinet instability, Russian voters unexpectedly supported the status quo. The elected lawmakers prepared to cooperate with the executive branch, a gift that had eluded President Boris Yeltsin since he imposed a post-Soviet constitution by referendum in 1993. When Yeltsin retired six months in advance of schedule, the presidential mantle went to Vladimir Putin—a career KGB officer who fused new and old ways of doing politics. Putin was easily elected President in his own right. This book demonstrates key trends in an extinct superpower, a troubled country in whose stability, modernization, and openness to the international community the West still has a huge stake.
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Privatization Conversion and Enterprise Reform in Russia

Privatization  Conversion  and Enterprise Reform in Russia

This book offers a broad outline of the Yeltsin government's economic policies for 1992 and 1993.

Author: Michael McFaul

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0367299771

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Page: 228

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This book offers a broad outline of the Yeltsin government's economic policies for 1992 and 1993. It provides an overview of the privatization process and defense conversion in Russia and discusses regulations on foreign investment in privatizing enterprises.
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