The Russian Military: Power and Policy
Book, The MIT Press
Author: Steven E. Miller, Director, International Security Program; Editor-in-Chief, International Security; Co-Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom
Belfer Center Programs or Projects: International Security
Russian military capacity remains a major consideration for global security even in the post–Soviet era. This book assesses today's Russian military and analyzes its possible future direction. The contributors — experts on the subject from both Russia and the West — consider not only how Russia has built its military capacity but also the policies and doctrines that have shaped Russia's defense posture. They discuss such topics as the downsizing of the Russian military, Russia's use of military power in regional conflicts, and the management of Russia's nuclear weapons.
For more than a decade, Russian leaders have struggled to formulate security and defense policies that protect Russia's borders and project Russia's influence. The contributors to The Russian Military find that the choices Russian leaders have made have been significantly influenced by the military reforms Russia has attempted to implement since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The protracted and intense debate over military reform has been — and will continue to be — decisive in shaping Russian military capacity.
Steven E. Miller is editor-in-chief of International Security and Director of the International Security Program of BCSIA. He is co-editor of Offense, Defense, and War (MIT Press, October 2004).
Dmitri Trenin is a Senior Associate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Deputy Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center.
Praise for The Russian Military: Power and Policy:
"The assessment provides a wealth of detail on the state of the Russian military....This short review hardly does just to the wealth of expertise and detail to be found in this slim volume. The contributors touch practically on all important issues concerning the Russian military today, and make informed and balanced suggestions about its future." — from The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies.
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Document Length: 272 pp.