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Russia, the Near Abroad, and the West: Lessons from the Moldova-Transdniestria Conflict

William H. Hill

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.

Book Details

  • 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 - GeneralInternational Relations - DiplomacyRussia - General

About the Author

Hill, William H.: - William H. Hill was head of the OSCE Mission to Moldova, charged with negotiating a settlement to the Transdniestria conflict and facilitating withdrawal of Russian forces and arms from Moldova. He is a professor of national security strategy at the National War College and was a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in 2001-2002.
Praise for this book
Russia, the Near Abroad, and the West should be required reading for all Transnistrian settlement optimists, especially for those Europeans with ambitious plans for a quick resolution outside of official channels.
--William Schreiber, New Eastern Europe
A valuable study of Russian-Western relations, which should be recommended to a broad audience.
--Vsevolod Samokhvalov, Europe-Asia Studies
This book, a narrative focusing on the southwestern confines of the "Russian space," is an event unto itself; a must-read, full of inside information, for any student or scholar studying Moldova, Transnistria, and de facto statehood. . .
--Octavian Milewski, Russian Review