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Regional Studies: Russian Sphere (1 July 2019)

 Lesson 1: History – The Struggle for Order in Russia

Fitzpatrick, Shelia. The Russian Revolution. New York: Oxford University Press. 1994. [Note: Not available outside of course]

Soviet Leaders in 7 Minutes (History).” YouTube, 7:27. “Austin Olney,” 19 April 2016.

MacKenzie, David and Michael W. Curran. A History of Russia and the Soviet Union. Chicago, IL: The Dorsey Press. 1987. [Note: Not available outside of course]

Brown, Trevor. “The American and Soviet Cold War Space Programs,” Comparative Strategy 30, no 2. 9 May 2011. 177-185.

Aron, Leon. “Everything You Think You Know About the Collapse of the Soviet Union is Wrong.” Foreign Policy 187. July/August 2011.

Aslund, Anders. “Revisiting the End of the Soviet Union.” Problems of Post-Communism 58, no. 4–5. September/October 2011. 46-55

Barnes, Andrew. “Three in One: Unpacking the ‘Collapse’ of the Soviet Union.” Problems of Post-Communism 61, no. 5. September/October 2014. 3-13.

Lesson 2: People, Societies, and States

White, Stephen, John Gardner, George Schöplin, and Tony Saich. Communist and Postcommunist Politcal Systems: An Introduction. 3rd ed. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1990. [Note: Not available outside of the course]

Husky, Eugene. “Nomenklatura Lite? The Cadres Reserve in Russian Public Administration.” Problems of Post-Communism 51, no.2. March/April 2004. 30-39.

Tightening the Screws: Clampdown on Russia's Civil Society.” YouTube video, 6:46. “Human Rights Watch.” 24 April 2013.

Evans, Alfred B. “The Failure of Democratization in Russia: A Comparative Perspective.” Journal of Eurasian Studies 2. 1 January 2011. 40-51.

Ljubownikow, Sergej, Jo Crotty, and Peter W. Rogers. The State and Civil Society in Post-Soviet Russia: The Development of a Russian-Style Civil Society.” Progress in Development Studies 13, no.2. 2013. 153-166.

Shinar, Chaim. “Is a Consolidation of Liberal Democracy in the Russia Federation a Reality?” European Review 22, no.2. 2014. 321-334. [Note: Not available outside of course]

McFaul, Michael. “The Fourth Wave of Democracy and Dictatorship: Noncooperative Transitions in the Postcommunist World.” World Politics 54, no.2. January 2002. 212-244.

Stoner, Kathryn and Michael McFaul. “Who Lost Russia (This Time?) Vladimir Putin.” The Washington Quarterly 38, no.2. 30 July 2015. 167-187.

Hale, Henry. “Eurasian Polities as Hybrid Regimes: The Case of Putin's Russia.” Journal of Eurasian Studies 1. 2010. 33-41.

Lesson 3: Challenges

Pavlovsky, Gleb. “Russian Politics Under Putin.” Foreign Affairs. May/June 2016: 10–17.

Lipman, Maria. “How Putin Silences Dissent.” Foreign Affairs. May/June 2016: 38–46.

Trenin, Dmitri. “The Revival of the Russian Military.” Foreign Affairs. May/Jun 2016: 23–29.

Guriev, Sergei. “Russia's Constrained Economy.” Foreign Affairs. May/June 2016: 18–22.

Treisman, Daniel. “Why Putin Took Crimea.” Foreign Affairs. May/June 2016: 47–54.

Mankoff, Jeffrey. “Russia's Latest Land Grab.” Foreign Affairs. May/June 2014: 60–68.

Berzins, Janis. “Russia's New Generation Warfare in Ukraine: Implications for Defense Policy.” Military Operations 2, no. 4. Fall 2014: 4–7. 

Stang, Gerald. “The Bear and the Beaver: Russia and European Energy Security.” European Union Institute for Security Studies. July 2015: 1–4.

Praks, Henrik. “Hybrid or Not: Deterring and Defeating Russia’s Ways of Warfare in the Baltics-the Case of Estonia.” NATO Defense College Research Paper, 124. December 2015: 1–12.

Bronk, Justin. “NATO Baltic Air Policing—Revenge of the Cold War Relic.” RUSI (Royal United Services Institute), 4 June 2014.

Fitton, Oliver. “Cyber Operations and Gray Zones: Challenges for NATO.” Connections: The Quarterly Journal 15, no. 2. 2016: 109–119.

Matveeva, Anna. “Russia’s Changing Security Role in Central Asia.” European Security 22, no.4. 27 Mar 2013: 478–499.

Blank, Stephen. “Making Sense of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.” Georgetown Journal of International Affairs. Summer/Fall 2013: 39–49.

Kotkin, Stephen. “Russia's Perpetual Geopolitics.” Foreign Affairs. May/Jun 2016: 2–9.

Lukyanov, Fyodor. “Putin's Foreign Policy: The Quest to Restore Russia’s Rightful Place.” Foreign Affairs. May/Jun 2016: 30–37.

Stent, Angela. “US-Russia Relations in the Second Obama Administration.” Survival 54, no. 6. December 2012-January 2013: 123–138.

Galeotti, Mark. “Russia's New National Security Strategy: Familiar Themes, Gaudy Rhetoric.” War on the Rocks, 4 January 2016.

Olga Oliker. “Unpacking Russia's New National Security Strategy.” Center for Strategic and International Studies. 7 January 2016.

Kureev, Artem. “Russia's New National Security Strategy has Implications for the West.” Russia Direct, 8 January 2016.

Putin, Vladimir. “On the Russian Federation’s National Security Strategy.” Russian Federation Presidential Edict 683. 31 December 2015.


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