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Russia’s National Security Strategy to 2020: A Great Power in the Making?

Author(s): Sophia Dimitrakopoulou | Dr. Andrew Liaropoulos

Journal: Caucasian Review of International Affairs
ISSN 1865-6773

Volume: 4;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 35;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Russian security policy | Russian foreign policy | National Security Strategy to 2020 | great power | national interests | threat perceptions

The publication of Russia’s National Security Strategy in May 2009 provoked a discussion regarding the security challenges that Moscow is facing. This article reviews, firstly, the security context that defined the Putin era and then relates the analysis of the latest national security strategy to the broader dilemmas that Russia will encounter in the next decade. The purpose is to identify the priorities and threat perceptions that are outlined in the latest national security strategy and to question whether Russia will become a great power in the near future.
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