Journal Article - Quarterly Journal: International Security

Putin, Putinism, and the Domestic Determinants of Russian Foreign Policy

    Author:
  • Michael McFaul
| Fall 2020

Summary

Why did Russia’s relations with the West shift from cooperation a few decades ago to a new era of confrontation today? For a complete understanding of Russian foreign policy today, individuals (President Vladimir Putin), ideas (Putinism), and institutions (autocracy) must be added to the analysis. Tracing the causal influence of these domestic determinants in three cases of Russian intervention—Ukraine in 2014, Syria in 2015 and the United States in 2016—reveals Putin’s significant influence in the making of Russian foreign policy.

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For Academic Citation:

Michael McFaul, "Putin, Putinism, and the Domestic Determinants of Russian Foreign Policy," International Security, Vol. 45, No. 2 (Fall 2020), pp. 95-139,

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