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Testing the world order: strategic realism in Russian foreign affairs

Authors
  • Feinstein, Scott G.1
  • Pirro, Ellen B.1
  • 1 Iowa State University,
Type
Published Article
Journal
International Politics (The Hague)
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication Date
Feb 22, 2021
Pages
1–18
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1057/s41311-021-00285-5
PMCID: PMC7898250
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
License
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Abstract

Russian actions since 2007 appear increasingly to constitute a realist approach to international affairs. Russia appears to be behaving as a rising power, attempting to become a regional or global superpower. Essential to this pursuit, a state must gather information strategically. We examine one feature of strategic information gathering, called a test, a state action that asserts power but also garners information as it elicits a global response. Through a test framework, we provide a realist explanation to understanding Russia’s foreign affairs and its pursuit of power in the near abroad, Western Europe, Middle East, Asia, and foreign elections.

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