chapter  5
56 Pages

With the West, Against the West, With China for a Great Russia

In the final chapter of this book, we will deal with crucial topics of the Russian transformation-this means the formation of the political system and the role of the ideals of Western-style liberal democracy in this process-while also focusing on the formation of the economic system and the role of capitalist ideals in this system. In these two most fundamental processes of the development of Russian policy and society after the fall of the USSR, we will demonstrate how the expectations, images, enthusiasm and disappointment from implementing Western models manifest themselves in the foreign policy of the Russian Federation. At the same time, we will work off the assumption that there is a basic idea set that forms Russian foreign policy, especially its status as a world power, and the methods of interpreting foreign policy events through a prism of geopolitical and thus realist trends in deliberations on foreign policy.