Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Stanford University


Between Assertiveness and Insecurity: Russian Elite Attitudes and the Russia-Georgia Crisis

Journal Article

Gail W. Lapidus - Faculty Member at CISAC

Published by
Post-Soviet Affairs, Vol. 23 no. 2, page(s) 138-155

Gail Lapidus discusses the content and sources of Russian elite perspectives on international affairs. The "color revolutions," the perceived specter of Islamic radicalism, contestation over Russian identity, and evolving perceptions of Russia's international leverage are examined for their impact on elite attitudes. Discussion of the crisis in relations between Russia and Georgia illustrates the article's theme about the relationship between insecurity and assertiveness.