The Authoritarian Roots of Russian Expansionism

Sean Clark
Content Type
Working Paper
Centre for the Study of Security and Development, Dalhousie University
The central contention here is that Russia's outbursts of international hostility are a reflection of the very nature of the Putin regime. They can be explained as the conscious choice of a regime striving to maintain power, decisions conditioned in turn by deep-seated pathologies that limit the Kremlin's room for maneuver. What follows is a discussion of these constraints, as well as consideration how best to deal with them.
Military Strategy, Territorial Disputes, Authoritarianism, Legitimacy
Political Geography
Russia, Eurasia, Eastern Europe, Crimea