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We all now live in a paranoid and polarized world of Putin’s making, and the Russian leader, through guile and disruption, has resurrected Russia’s status as a force to be reckoned with. From renowned foreign policy expert Angela Stent comes a must-read dissection of present-day Russian motives on the global stage. How did Russia manage to emerge resurgent on the world stag We all now live in a paranoid and polarized world of Putin’s making, and the Russian leader, through guile and disruption, has resurrected Russia’s status as a force to be reckoned with. From renowned foreign policy expert Angela Stent comes a must-read dissection of present-day Russian motives on the global stage. How did Russia manage to emerge resurgent on the world stage and play a weak hand so effectively? Is it because Putin is a brilliant strategist? Or has Russia stepped into a vacuum created by the West’s distraction with its own domestic problems and US ambivalence about whether it still wants to act as a superpower? PUTIN’S WORLD examines the country’s turbulent past, how it has influenced Putin, the Russians’ understanding of their position on the global stage and their future ambitions — and their conviction that the West has tried to deny them a seat at the table of great powers since the USSR collapsed. This book looks at Russia’s key relationships — its downward spiral with the United States, Europe, and NATO; its ties to China, Japan, the Middle East; and with its neighbors, particularly the fraught relationship with Ukraine. PUTIN’S WORLD will help Americans understand how and why the post-Cold War era has given way to a new, more dangerous world, one in which Russia poses a challenge to the United States in every corner of the globe — and one in which Russia has become a toxic and divisive subject in US politics.


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We all now live in a paranoid and polarized world of Putin’s making, and the Russian leader, through guile and disruption, has resurrected Russia’s status as a force to be reckoned with. From renowned foreign policy expert Angela Stent comes a must-read dissection of present-day Russian motives on the global stage. How did Russia manage to emerge resurgent on the world stag We all now live in a paranoid and polarized world of Putin’s making, and the Russian leader, through guile and disruption, has resurrected Russia’s status as a force to be reckoned with. From renowned foreign policy expert Angela Stent comes a must-read dissection of present-day Russian motives on the global stage. How did Russia manage to emerge resurgent on the world stage and play a weak hand so effectively? Is it because Putin is a brilliant strategist? Or has Russia stepped into a vacuum created by the West’s distraction with its own domestic problems and US ambivalence about whether it still wants to act as a superpower? PUTIN’S WORLD examines the country’s turbulent past, how it has influenced Putin, the Russians’ understanding of their position on the global stage and their future ambitions — and their conviction that the West has tried to deny them a seat at the table of great powers since the USSR collapsed. This book looks at Russia’s key relationships — its downward spiral with the United States, Europe, and NATO; its ties to China, Japan, the Middle East; and with its neighbors, particularly the fraught relationship with Ukraine. PUTIN’S WORLD will help Americans understand how and why the post-Cold War era has given way to a new, more dangerous world, one in which Russia poses a challenge to the United States in every corner of the globe — and one in which Russia has become a toxic and divisive subject in US politics.

30 review for Putin's World: Russia Against the West and with the Rest

  1. 4 out of 5

    Louise

    This book’s focus is Putin’s foreign policy. After an overview author Angela Stent goes country by country giving enough of the country’s history with Russia to inform what she has to say about today’s relationships. For Russia itself she covers what she calls “frozen wars” and separatist movements. Despite having influence out of proportion to the size of its economy and population, Russia wants a larger share of recognition and respect. There is little empathy for the national grieving for its This book’s focus is Putin’s foreign policy. After an overview author Angela Stent goes country by country giving enough of the country’s history with Russia to inform what she has to say about today’s relationships. For Russia itself she covers what she calls “frozen wars” and separatist movements. Despite having influence out of proportion to the size of its economy and population, Russia wants a larger share of recognition and respect. There is little empathy for the national grieving for its loss of “empire” in the 1980’s. While Russia is not looking to restore the former Soviet Union it uses many means and methods to restore its importance in the world. The autocracy of the tzars was replaced only briefly by more western-style leadership. Russians perceive the Gorbachev and Yeltsin years as chaotic with a weak economy. The authoritarian leadership of Putin is widely accepted by Russians. Unlike the west (or at least the west of the recent past) issues of human rights and democracy do not factor into its foreign relations decisions. The first country profiled is Germany where the relationship might be most complex. Russia won “The Great Patriotic War” with great sacrifice. At the war’s end, Russia was militarily and politically able to bring about its control countries like Germany that were on or near its borders. In the break-up of the Soviet Union, the Russian perspective is that it “allowed” its client states to be free. In “allowing” East Germany to unite with West German, its former client state became a NATO member. Russia does not see any irony in that NATO was formed for collective defense against Russia. East Germany is now a member of the (much hated by Putin) European Union. Stent notes that westerners do not understand the power of these feelings of loss. Putin has not been sitting back as its former satellites gravitate to Europe for trade and defense. He has set up consortia to parallel NATO and the EU and made life uncomfortable for those countries that look to the west. He has built his influence in the Middle East by defending Assad and befriending Netanyahu. He has made deals with China to counterbalance the dollars and influence of the West. He has constrained border wars, such as the one with Japan and the “frozen” wars of territories within Russia. Stent shows how the Ukraine is not just any domino for Putin. He views it as part of Russia, which must be kept at any cost, hence he sends soldiers and contractors (“little green men) to maintain a low grade war. Unlike many foreign policy books this is very easy to read. Stent never bogs down in acronyms, extraneous history or arcane policy talk. There is a lot here and I am much better informed than I was only a week ago. The weakness of the book is that while corruption and Russia’s lack of respect for its civil and human rights at home and abroad are mentioned they are only in the backdrop. The oligarchs and dissident journalists are a part of “Putin’s World” and each deserving of a chapter.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nicolaus Stengl

    Angela Stent’s Putin’s World is an excellent overview of contemporary Russian politics, examining Russia’s relation to its neighbors (e.g. the EU, the former Eastern Bloc countries, America, and China) and itself and its past. Stent is able to condense much of Russia’s history into 350 pages, which is bound to omit context and cultural elements, in her attempt to explain Russia today. I applaud Stent’s attempt, and I do think she does an excellent job in elucidating the historical-context and po Angela Stent’s Putin’s World is an excellent overview of contemporary Russian politics, examining Russia’s relation to its neighbors (e.g. the EU, the former Eastern Bloc countries, America, and China) and itself and its past. Stent is able to condense much of Russia’s history into 350 pages, which is bound to omit context and cultural elements, in her attempt to explain Russia today. I applaud Stent’s attempt, and I do think she does an excellent job in elucidating the historical-context and political motives of Russia. Nonetheless, after reading the book, I found the brief conclusions to be unsatisfying and am still left trying to decipher the alway enigmatic Putin. And so we are left asking the question: What does Putin really want?

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chris Sosa

    For anyone seeking a deeper analysis of Russian President Vladimir Putin beyond the breathless headlines and talking heads of cable news, Angela Stent has produced a quality work based in serious scholarship. Stent examines the contemporary relationship between Russia and its global partners and adversaries with objective clarity. Putin is portrayed as a three-dimensional leader whose immovable worldview based in his own formative experiences presents a unique problem for the proponents of democr For anyone seeking a deeper analysis of Russian President Vladimir Putin beyond the breathless headlines and talking heads of cable news, Angela Stent has produced a quality work based in serious scholarship. Stent examines the contemporary relationship between Russia and its global partners and adversaries with objective clarity. Putin is portrayed as a three-dimensional leader whose immovable worldview based in his own formative experiences presents a unique problem for the proponents of democracy as Russia gains strategic footing through its amoral approach to foreign policy. "Putin's World" delivers on its title and presents a global perspective of a leader frequently viewed through a hyper-specific context in the contemporary United States.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Gokhan Balaban

    This book by Georgetown professor Angela Stent serves as an excellent introduction for the general American reader who wants to know more about Russia. The author begins by laying out some groundwork for a solid base knowledge about Russia, a base from which other information should keep in mind as a backdrop. For example, it may be difficult for the average American to appreciate the scope and depth of Russia's tragic 20th century. Just in the twenty five years during the reign of Stalin, Russi This book by Georgetown professor Angela Stent serves as an excellent introduction for the general American reader who wants to know more about Russia. The author begins by laying out some groundwork for a solid base knowledge about Russia, a base from which other information should keep in mind as a backdrop. For example, it may be difficult for the average American to appreciate the scope and depth of Russia's tragic 20th century. Just in the twenty five years during the reign of Stalin, Russia had 20 million deaths due to collectivization and famine on its' farms and the political purges of the regime. Twenty seven million Russians perished in World War II. The scale of such tragedy has been depicted by Russian leaders as a source of Russian pride. A Russia, as the author of this book puts it, that "defeats all enemies through endurance and adversity". Indeed, Russia's leaders, in their managing of Russians' collective narrative and sentiment about their nation, strive to evoke not a land of repression and murder but a unique civilization with a grand destiny. And as a nation with a long history of empire and international relations, projecting this image to the world has also been important. Thus, in the "expertly produced" opening ceremonies of the Olympic games in 2014, foreign spectators were taken on what Stent calls a "riveting ride through Russian history", with household names like Catherine the Great and Leo Tolstoy making appearances at the show. While Russia stands out among nations for both the quality of its' achievements and the deep devastation it has wrought, it may very well proclaim that with greatness comes a price. One can't blame Russia's leaders too much for skewing the facts so that the greatness overshadows the price, but as a historical world power that's had great influence over other people the price is well accounted for by others. One just has to think of the public opinions of Russia in places like Poland and Ukraine. Or what Russia's Jews and Muslims think about the price that's been paid for the country's greatness. It's as if a leader like Putin has basically been telling the world "take us as we are, and decide for yourselves if partnering with us is in your best interests". Stent shows that Putin's managed a variety of successes on the world stage, mostly in Asia and the Middle East. It would be wrong to attribute this success solely on Russia's ability to offer potential and actual allies with transactional benefits and its' use of strategic machinations. There is a portion of the Russian populace that holds formidable cultural capital when it comes to world knowledge and engagement, as I discovered while living in the country on a Fulbright grant from 2009-10. My university students in Ekaterinburg were acquiring at least two foreign languages and sought to engage foreigners in their city with a sincere effort to create relations of mutual understanding and respect. For some of them, this international interest stemmed from a dissatisfaction with the state of affairs in Russia: as one student put it, she planned to emigrate to Germany because of her deeming Russia a бедная страна (poor country). Others had more attachment and pride in being Russian, and behaved as self-aware stewards of Russia representing their country to the world. And Russia as a civilizational entity with its' ability to showcase strength and independence on the world arena has certainly drawn admirers from abroad. I recall Turkish students in Ekaterinburg coming to study there with a real fondness for Russia, a place they could identify with more than Western countries.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Marren

    Stent examines Putin's worldview in this book in a fairly balanced manner (until the last few chapters - more on this in the second paragraph). She draws on centuries of Russian history to paint the bigger picture. This is pretty impressive given most English-language books about Putin essentially say he is a terrible person and Russia needs to accept the West's rules. Westerners don't realize that the average Russian is happy with the stability Putin has provided after the chaos of the 90s. That Stent examines Putin's worldview in this book in a fairly balanced manner (until the last few chapters - more on this in the second paragraph). She draws on centuries of Russian history to paint the bigger picture. This is pretty impressive given most English-language books about Putin essentially say he is a terrible person and Russia needs to accept the West's rules. Westerners don't realize that the average Russian is happy with the stability Putin has provided after the chaos of the 90s. That said, I was not impressed with Stent's clearly slanted diatribe against President Trump in the last few chapters. She talks a lot about things Trump is suspected of doing with Russia, but completely ignores Hillary Clinton's collusion in the whole affair. Stent just loses her balance at the end. Oh and she doesn't talk about how the US interfered with Russia's elections in the 90s. So why is the Trump thing a big deal of none of the other events are worth mentioning? That said, I would still recommend this book to someone seeking to understand Russia better.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Piker7977

    Stent has provided a sober analysis of the complex role that Putin and Russia have in the world. Much of the hysteria, news, and noise is cut out from her assessment. This is a reasonable, rational, and non-partisan look at one of the world's most powerful leaders and the difficulties the West has in the post-Cold War order. Is he the bogeyman hiding under Democrats' beds? Is he the sympathetic figure from Oliver Stone's interviews? Is he a swell guy who ultimately has America's best interests a Stent has provided a sober analysis of the complex role that Putin and Russia have in the world. Much of the hysteria, news, and noise is cut out from her assessment. This is a reasonable, rational, and non-partisan look at one of the world's most powerful leaders and the difficulties the West has in the post-Cold War order. Is he the bogeyman hiding under Democrats' beds? Is he the sympathetic figure from Oliver Stone's interviews? Is he a swell guy who ultimately has America's best interests at heart? No. Russia is a great nation and civilization with a deep history that is to be respected. Putin understands this legacy and uses it to his advantage when projecting power in the Russian sphere of influence and around the world. According to Stent, his job is simple and he deserves credit for some of his accomplishments. The goal is to return Russia's great power status to the stature of the Cold War when the U.S.S.R was viewed as America's sole competitor; perhaps in some aspects an equal. However, this does not mean bringing back communism as that system is dead. What Putin has done so far is achieve foreign policy alliances within the Middle East and China, brought hegemony over historically and symbolically important regions in Ukraine and Georgia, and prove to the world that the West will not interfere within the immediate Russian sphere of influence as the nation gains more power. The question of what comes next ultimately rests on the West's shoulders. If Putin is not the mastermind, James Bond type villain, seeking control of the world, then how has he been able to undermine institutions and erode faith in the global international system? This comes from within the West itself. Any regional power looking for a larger share the world's stage whose ideals don't include democracy, rule of law, and free markets would benefit from cracks in the alliance created after 1945. Enter the Age of Insecurity, as named by Ian Kershaw, with Trump and Brexit being the jokers in the deck. The West can only implode from within rather than crumble from outside attacks by peripheral powers. If the actions of a leader and nation outside of your area of influence do not sit well and pose a threat of ripping your own country apart then perhaps it is time to reaffirm faith in your institutions, educate the demos on the ideals which are difficult to live up to but important nonetheless, and blow the dust off of containment strategies that could still be useful in the 21st century.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jill Meyer

    I grew up in the 1950'a and 1960's, during the worst of the Cold War between the United States and our arch-enemy, the Soviet Union. I'm about two years older than Vladimir Putin and if I can remember "Duck and Cover", I'm sure he remembers something similar from his school days in Leningrad. But what happened thirty or so years later, when the Soviet Union dissolved under Mikhail Gorbachev back into Russia in the early 1990's? Russia had "set free" its eastern European allies like Poland, Hunga I grew up in the 1950'a and 1960's, during the worst of the Cold War between the United States and our arch-enemy, the Soviet Union. I'm about two years older than Vladimir Putin and if I can remember "Duck and Cover", I'm sure he remembers something similar from his school days in Leningrad. But what happened thirty or so years later, when the Soviet Union dissolved under Mikhail Gorbachev back into Russia in the early 1990's? Russia had "set free" its eastern European allies like Poland, Hungary, and the others, as well as the old Soviet states like Ukraine and "the Stans" in the late 1980's. Russia was without her empire and Boris Yeltsin was at the helm of the government. Yeltsin had a drinking problem and the power eventually moved into the capable hands of Vladimir Putin - an old KGB hand. How has Putin done in governing Russia, which is much smaller and less important economically than 30 years ago? Georgetown University professor Angela Stent looks at Putin, today's Russia, and the influence both have on the rest of the world, in her new book, "Putin's World: Russia Against the West and With the Rest". Stent takes a measured approach as she explains the past 70 years or so in Soviet/Russian history. I think she must know that most people reading her book are hoping to receive an education of sorts on Vladimir Putin and today's Russia. She looks at Russia's internal relationships as well as those with countries formerly in the Soviet Union. And as important as familial relations with the old Soviet states are Russia's relationship with both former allies and enemies. Obviously the US/Soviet/Russia relationship has been rocky since the advent of Vladimir Lenin, even during our alliance during World War 2. It has reached either a new high or a new low, depending on how you think of Donald Trump and his administration's almost schizoid relationship with Russia; sanctions on one hand and the two leaders "love letters" on the other. I think Angela Stent gives the reader a good picture of Vladimir Putin and his Russia. I still find it difficult to believe today's Russia isn't the monolith the Soviet Union was reputed to be 50 years ago. But times and leaders change.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Charles Fried

    This timely 2019 book does a terrific job of explaining the relationship of Russia to the rest of the world. Methodically it covers Russia and Europe, the US, China, Middle East, etc. with historical context and with specific focus on Putin and current events. It reveals why Ukraine is a special case for Russia, and how the West may have missed signals about that leading to unintended consequences. The book is a bit dry and full of facts but I found it fascinating. If you are interesting in curr This timely 2019 book does a terrific job of explaining the relationship of Russia to the rest of the world. Methodically it covers Russia and Europe, the US, China, Middle East, etc. with historical context and with specific focus on Putin and current events. It reveals why Ukraine is a special case for Russia, and how the West may have missed signals about that leading to unintended consequences. The book is a bit dry and full of facts but I found it fascinating. If you are interesting in current US politics (i.e. Trump) and how got where we are this is all interesting.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ernest Spoon

    Interesting recent historical overview of US-Putin relations since 2000. I say US-Putin relations because that is how it is. Vladimir Putin, the lawyer-turned KGB analyst-turned President of the Russian Federation, is the only constant in the nearly 20 years of deteriorating relationship between the West and Russia. Oh, of course, it's not at all one sided, the US has made egregious errs in respect to Putin especially. For the foreseeable future, Putin is Russia, Russia is Putin.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Katharine

    This is a very clear and informative book about why Russia does what it does. It works through all of Russia's foreign relations systematically, and finally makes sense of why Russia does what it does. Putin's aims and goals are clear and make sense - if only all of our political leaders would read this. As a longtime student of Russia, I highly recommend this book if you want to understand their global priorities.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Gary Klein

    I will come back and write a more thorough review later, but this was a really good book exploring the history and complex relationships that Russia has had historically and that it currently has with the rest of the world. The bottom line is not a big surprise: Russia favors absolute sovereignty over a liberal international order that trumps self-interest.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brian Higdon

    This book reads like a collection of news stories, in that it doesn't present a cohesive thesis and hardly provides any original insights regarding modern Russia. It also mentions the same events without any awareness that they were already discussed earlier in the book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dave Summers

    Well researched and tightly assembled focus on Putin’s place on the world stage. I disagree with a few points in the penultimate chapter related to the US political games currently being played, but on the whole, a terrific book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nick Harriss

    This was an excellent book, giving an unbiased and unemotional look at Putin and his policies, his successes and his failures. Well worth reading for anybody interested in either Russia or geopolitics.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Peter Chang

    more like a general overview of Russia's foreign policy, but lack deep and comprehensive analyses, e.g., it would be hard to imagine that Putin has been doing all of these alone, so what is behind all of these? why Russian elites support him?

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Marble

    Long but highly informative.

  17. 5 out of 5

    CHAD FOSTER

    This book is another attempt to describe the strategic thinking and culture of Russia. Unlike some of the more recent works on the subject (and in contrast with its title), it goes beyond personalizing Russian strategy and looks at things through a more holistic lens. There is an enduring question surrounding Russia's relations with its neighbors and the West: Is it a Putin problem or a Russian problem? The author seems to argue that while Putin's personality definitely plays an important role, This book is another attempt to describe the strategic thinking and culture of Russia. Unlike some of the more recent works on the subject (and in contrast with its title), it goes beyond personalizing Russian strategy and looks at things through a more holistic lens. There is an enduring question surrounding Russia's relations with its neighbors and the West: Is it a Putin problem or a Russian problem? The author seems to argue that while Putin's personality definitely plays an important role, he is largely a reflection of Russia's history, culture, and geography. This book examines Russia's relations with individual countries and with international organizations. It also attempts to place specific events and challenges within this wider context. From this analysis, it is easy for the reader to understand the historical imperatives (both real and perceived) that shape Moscow's approach to issues such as Ukraine, NATO and EU expansion, territorial disputes, religious extremism, energy policy, etc. Again and again, we see that Putin's decisions are less a function of his own personal preferences than of his interpretation of traditional Russian interests. Anyone who doubts that Russia desires to break apart NATO and undermine the existing international order need only look at the examples that the author provides. Moscow's strategy is consistently aimed at supporting its interests, regardless of whether or not those interests are supported by notions of universal values or humanitarian concerns. Realism is what drives Russian policy - there is no ideology behind it. One of the areas where this book could have spent more time was on Russia's systemic weaknesses. The author briefly mentions some of them without getting into any details. These weaknesses include an economy overly dependent on energy exports, demographic decline, corruption, low worker productivity, and many others. Understanding each of these in greater depth allows one to grasp the limitations of Russian foreign policy as well as the drivers behind some important policy decisions. Overall, a very good read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ira Therebel

    Russia is in a way a country that makes the foreign relationships a bit complex. Standing in the way of USA and a bit unpredictable because the rest of the world didn't really figure it out yet. This book is a pretty good political analysis of Russia and it's relationships with the rest of the world. It goes through the history and shows how the relations have changed from the past even before USSR, how different events within and outside of Russia have influenced what is going on now. Especially Russia is in a way a country that makes the foreign relationships a bit complex. Standing in the way of USA and a bit unpredictable because the rest of the world didn't really figure it out yet. This book is a pretty good political analysis of Russia and it's relationships with the rest of the world. It goes through the history and shows how the relations have changed from the past even before USSR, how different events within and outside of Russia have influenced what is going on now. Especially as you can tell by the title it focuses on the last 20 years of Putin in power. I liked how it was written. It is pretty clear and makes one have a better view on current events. Definitely helped me to understand it more. I found the chapters on NATO, China and Japan especially interesting. For the most part the book is pretty neutral which I like about political books even though political analysis of course includes opinion of the author. One can see at the final chapters where she stands, today's authors have trouble staying neutral when it comes to Trump, but luckily it wasn't over the top. As much as I can tolerate in such a book. The main focus is anyways Russia and this has been done really well.

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