Russia, the Near Abroad, and the West: Lessons from the Moldova-Transdniestria Conflict
Post-communist Russia turned against the West in the 2000s, losing its earlier eagerness to collaborate with western Europe on economic and security matters and adopting a suspicious and defensive posture. This book, investigating a diplomatic negotiation involving Russia and the formerly Soviet Moldova, explains this dramatic shift in Russian foreign policy.
William H. Hill, himself a participant in the diplomatic encounter, describes a key episode that contributed to Russia's new attitude: negotiations over the Russian-leaning break-away territory of Transdniestria in Moldova--in which Moldova abandoned a Russian-supported settlement at the last minute under heavy pressure from the West. Hill's first-hand account provides a unique perspective on historical events as well as information to assist scholars and policymakers to evaluate future scenarios.
When western leaders blocked what they saw as an unworkable settlement in a small, remote post-Soviet state, Kremlin leaders perceived a direct geopolitical challenge on their own turf. This event colored Russia's interpretations of subsequent western intervention in the region--in Georgia after the Rose Revolution, Ukraine in 2004, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and elsewhere throughout the former Soviet empire.
- Publisher: Woodrow Wilson Center Press
- Publish Date: Dec 27th, 2012
- Pages: 296
- Language: English
- Dimensions: 9.00in - 6.30in - 1.10in - 1.10lb
- EAN: 9781421405650
- Categories: • History & Theory - General• International Relations - Diplomacy• Russia - General
About the Author
--William Schreiber, New Eastern Europe
--Vsevolod Samokhvalov, Europe-Asia Studies
--Octavian Milewski, Russian Review