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


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Russia's Transformation and American Policy

Book Chapter

Gail W. Lapidus - Stanford University
Robert J. Lieber, ed. - Georgetown University

Published by
Prentice Hall, in "Eagle Rules? Foreign Policy and American Primacy in the Twenty-First Century", page(s): 366
Publication no. 0-13-090987-4

Paperback (0-13-090987-4) - $61.20

Gail W. Lapidus reviews three competing arguments in an emerging "Who Lost Russia" debate and provides a reexamination of assumptions underlying American policy. She finds that most of these critiques exaggerate the impact of American policy and finds this trend to be a sobering illustration of the limits on America's ability to translate its political primacy and power into influence over the character and behavior of this former superpower.