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'Was Putin Ever Friendly to the West?' - Maitra (Journal of International Relations, 2016)
Journal of International Relations (2016)
  • Sumantra Maitra
Abstract
'Was Putin Ever Friendly to the West?': An Expository Study of the First Two Terms of President Vladimir Putin, In Light of the Theories of Realism


It is common notion among a lot of Western analysts that Vladimir Putin was a friend of the West, and due to causal and structural reasons, like Iraq War, NATO expansion, East Europe missile defense and oil price index, he turned into a revanchist ruler that he is today. I argue, that was not the case, and this essay highlights that he was always a shrewd Realist, on a tactical alignment with the West, looking to chart his own course at his earliest convenience. The study of this time period, of Putin’s first two terms, highlights the importance and suggests future policy course in dealing with him. This study is expository and tests the theory of Realism with Russian actions under the first two terms of Vladimir Putin, which broadly coincides with the George W Bush Administration.
Publication Date
Spring March 15, 2016
Citation Information
Maitra, Sumantra. "'Was Putin Ever Friendly to the West?': An Expository Study of the First Two Terms of President Vladimir Putin, In Light of the Theories of Realism" (March 15, 2016). JIR, 2016, Volume XIV, Issue 1, Pages 58-92. (Available online at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2747764)