Edward Lucas, "The New Cold War: Putin's Russia and the Threat to the West"

Taylor, Monique (2010) Edward Lucas, "The New Cold War: Putin's Russia and the Threat to the West". Australian Journal of International Affairs, 64 4: 491-493. doi:10.1080/10357718.2010.489995

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Author Taylor, Monique
Title Edward Lucas, "The New Cold War: Putin's Russia and the Threat to the West"
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Edward Lucas, The New Cold War: Putin’s Russia and the Threat to the West
Journal name Australian Journal of International Affairs   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1035-7718
1465-332X
Publication date 2010-08
Sub-type Review of book, film, TV, video, software, performance, music etc
DOI 10.1080/10357718.2010.489995
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Volume 64
Issue 4
Start page 491
End page 493
Total pages 3
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
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In The New Cold War: Putin’s Russia and the Threat to the West (first published in 2008, and revised and updated in 2009), Edward Lucas, Central and Eastern European correspondent for The Economist, offers a clear and compelling argument that Russia now poses a credible threat to the West. Lucas claims that Russian repression at home is matched by aggression abroad. The threat posed by Russia is not military, but rather economic and energy-based. The energy weapon is currently the most visible and effective foreign policy instrument Moscow has at its disposal*/it has already been used to blackmail and cajole some of the end users of Russia’s oil and gas (mainly the ‘near abroad’ [former Soviet states] and certain European Union [EU] members). Ideologically, the battle is between ‘lawless Russian nationalism and law-governed Western multilateralism’. Lucas has chosen to label these developments the ‘new cold war’, which is contentious as there is little evidence to suggest that relations between Russia and the West have deteriorated to such an extent, even in the light of more recent events such as Russia’s invasion of Georgia, Moscow’s enforcement of oil and gas blockades, and the Kremlin-choreographed installation and election of Dmitri Medvedev as Putin’s self-designated presidential successor. In fact, Lucas shows that the West is essentially turning a blind eye to Russia’s illiberal behaviour within both domestic and international spheres, partly because the pro-Russian business lobby within the West now represents a powerful pinstriped fifth column, and also due to a general division and unwillingness among Western countries to confront a problem that has no easy solution.
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Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Review of book, film, TV, video, software, performance, music etc
Collection: School of Political Science and International Studies Publications
 
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