Russian Foreign Policy between Security and Economics

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Marcel Viëtor

Exporting Gas and Arms to Belarus and China 1990-2008

ISBN 978-3-643-10414-4
Band-Nr. 39
Jahr 2009
Seiten 112
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Reihe Forschungsberichte internationale Politik

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A key question for international policy-makers is whether it is primarily
security or economic concerns that drive Russia’s foreign policy,
especially in strategic economic sectors. The author of this study
provides an answer by analysing two cases – Russian gas exports to Belarus
and Russian arms exports to China. He draws the conclusion that, in
contradiction to an alleged „securitisation“ of Russian foreign policy, it
is economic rationales of relevant sub-state actors, rather than the
state’s security rationales, that have determined Russian foreign policy
on exports in strategic branches.

Marcel Viëtor is Head of the „Foreign Energy Policy“ programme at the
German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). He studied `Volkskunde‘
(Socio-Cultural Anthropology), East European Studies and Public Law at
Universität Hamburg, as well as International Relations at cooperating
universities in Berlin/Potsdam (MAIB) and at MGIMO in Moscow.