A political economy of Russian foreign policy : the effects of the natural resource-financial sectors on the formation of Russian foreign policy in the context of international market

Soltanov, Elnur
This research aims to analyze Russian natural resource-finance sectors̕ effects on Russian foreign policy from the collapse of the Soviet Union on. The main question it tries to answer is why they are successful to determine the main contours of a relatively peaceful foreign policy in a crises-laden Russia which have had so many reasons to switch to an aggressive behavior. In this regard, the military-industrial complex is the other crucial economic sector to be referred to frequently. Given the overwhelming nature of the international structure that Russia finds itself in, and given the general change in the worldview of the Russians, it becomes clear that the resource-finance sector on the one hand and the military-industrial complex on the other are much more than mere economic sectors, being organic material cores of alternative national and international identities. Such a holistic approach in turn makes it possible to draw on the explanatory power of the legitimacy factor and to go beyond different group preferences in accounting for Russian foreign policy. Analyzing different sectors̕ and their commodities̕ structural characteristics in the context of the international market helps to discard the أpolitics of international tradeؤ as a too narrow conceptual framework to study Russian foreign policy and to understand different economic sectors̕ true explanatory utility.


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Citation Formats
E. Soltanov, “ A political economy of Russian foreign policy : the effects of the natural resource-financial sectors on the formation of Russian foreign policy in the context of international market,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2004.