Domestic Factors Driving Russia's Foreign Policy
Publication Date: November 2007
Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)
Author(s): Ariel Cohen
Keywords: Russia and Eurasia; Russian domestic policy; Russian foreign policy; Russian demographic crisis
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.