Mankoff argues convincingly that there is little reason to believe that Russia will challenge the West or start a confrontation; they are so highly interdependent that any attempt at open confrontation would be reduced to a senseless zero-sum game. Hence--and despite its sometimes-biased overtones--Mankoff's book is thoroughly researched and provides in-depth knowledge and expertise regarding the contours of Russian foreign-policy thinking. Furthermore, Mankoff has successfully found a balance that makes the book valuable for both informed and uninformed audiences. Anyone with an interest in the thorny issue of Russia's foreign policy should read this book.--Review of Central and East European Law
Very well-written. . . . After a lucid analysis of the main forces driving Russian foreign policy, the book turns to the relationship between Russia and some of the major global powers, namely the US, the EU and China. . . . The way in which the book combines rigorous and thorough research work, a clear-cut argumentation and structure, and a very dense but accessible style makes it one of the best available on the subject. Consequently, it should be read by scholars of Russian foreign policy as well as all those interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the topic, all too often treated in a conventional or, worse, partisan way, either justifying or condemning Russia's foreign policy without explaining it.--The International Spectator
Presenting an evenhanded treatment of controversial issues, Mankoff analyzes Russia's interactions with major global actors, including the United States, the European Union, the Commonwealth of Independent States, and China. Despite Moscow's often-harsh rhetoric and the deployment of Russian forces against Georgia in 2008, the author convincingly demonstrates that there is little reason to fear a return to a Cold War-like standoff with the West. Instead, he argues, today's Russia is more interested in restoring what its leaders consider to be its rightful place among the world's major powers rather than in directly challenging the West. Thoroughly researched and knowledgeable, this book will be invaluable for all readers interested in Russia.