chapter  4
28 Pages

The West as Most Significant “Other” in Russian Foreign Policy

In the Power Issue of Foreign Policy Magazine published in May/June 2013, Susan B. Glasser quotes the former Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, Andrey Kozyrev: “In Russian foreign policy, nationalism-patriotism-is defined as opposition to the West. It was also an internal political instrument for the Soviet elite. It compensates for their lack of political legitimacy” (p. 58). In this chapter, we will attempt to verify whether the first sentence of this statement is indeed true. Is Russian foreign policy defined according to its approach to the West?Is the West the “Other” who contributes to the construction of Russian identity, thus forming Russian foreign policy?