- Format: Hardcover
- ISBN: 978-1-5261-7581-6
- Pages: 288
- Price: £85.00
- Published Date: February 2024
- Series: Russian Strategy and Power
This book analyses Russia's strategy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in the turbulent period since the inception of the Arab Spring. It explores the key policy challenges faced by Russia in the context of Russia's relations with both the regional states and the major external powers. The book incorporates chapters on Russia's involvement in MENA affairs, its intervention in the Syrian civil war, the domestic sources of its foreign policy, its clash with the Western powers over issues pertaining to sovereignty and humanitarian norms, its response to the challenge posed by Islamist extremism, and its political-military and economic interests in the MENA region. The book offers an original, critical analysis of Russia's thinking and decision-making and examines the implications of its more assertive foreign policy strategy following its military interventions in Syria and Ukraine.
Introduction: the Arab Spring and Russia
1 Russia and the MENA region: state fragmentation, inter-state rivalries and international discord
2 Russia and the Syrian civil war
3 Russia's domestic politics and the Arab Spring
4 Russia, the Arab uprisings and international norms
5 Religion and terrorism: the challenge of the Arab Spring
6 A Russian strategy for the MENA region?
Derek Averre is Honorary Reader at the University of Birmingham