Geopolitics and Russian foreign policy

Author
John Berryman
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
International Politics
Volume
49
Issue Number
4
Publication Date
July 2012
Institution
Palgrave Macmillan
Abstract
The article provides a broad overview of the fluctuating connections between the controversial and ambiguous field of modern geopolitics and Russia. Given the pivotal significance of the Russian challenge within the early hypotheses of Mahan and Mackinder, the article first explores those distinctive geographical and spatial considerations that helped shape the development of the Russian Empire. The place of geopolitics in the Cold War is then reviewed, including both its policy orientation and the exchanges between the proponents of geopolitical realism and liberal internationalism. In conclusion, the article examines the post-Cold War renaissance of geopolitics, reviewing both theoretical developments and policy implications for Russian foreign policy.
Topic
Foreign Policy, Politics
Political Geography
Russia