chapter  11
Russian Policy in the CIS under Putin
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In this short chapter, although not dismissing the important role of personality (or, for that matter domestic politics) in foreign policy, I examine the context in which the Russian leader makes policy, and the constraints which that context places upon his policy choices, with specific reference to the southern tier of the CIS.2 The flrst section looks at the meaning and types of hegemony as a regional structure of power in international relations as one possible approach to explaining and predicting Russian policy in the region and identifies a number of hypotheses that may be useful in explaining Russian strategy in the Federation's immediate region. The second section discusses the sources of Russian engagement in the non-Russian former Soviet republics, focusing on the Caucasus and central Asia and applies the framework of analysis to the case of Russia in what used to be called 'the near abroad'.