ABSTRACT

As the world’s biggest state incorporating most of Northern Eurasia, Russia has an unusually wide and diverse set of foreign policy interests. It has more neighbours than any other country – 13 in all, including the United States and China. Since the early eighteenth century, Russia has been involved in most key issues of international politics – a role that culminated in the Cold War when the Soviet Union was for, almost half a century, one of the two superpowers whose competition and cooperation affected every aspect of global politics. Post-Soviet Russia does not claim such a status in world affairs, but it does remain one of the world’s most influential powers.