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Domestic Factors Driving Russia's Foreign Policy

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Publication Date: November 2007

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Ariel Cohen

Series: Backgrounder

Topic: Government (Foreign relations)

Keywords: Russia and Eurasia; Russian domestic policy; Russian foreign policy; Russian demographic crisis

Type: Report

Coverage: Russia (Federation)


U.S.-Russian relations are at their lowest point since the Cold War, and many trends in Russian foreign policy are justifiably disturbing. U.S. officials should develop a comprehensive strategy that serves America's objectives, keeping in mind the significant internal vulnerabilities of the Russian state. Russia, given its lack of strategic allies, can ill afford to "lose" the West.