Russian security strategy and the geopolitics of Eurasia

Authored by: John Berryman

Routledge Handbook of Russian Security

Print publication date:  February  2019
Online publication date:  January  2019

Print ISBN: 9780815396710
eBook ISBN: 9781351181242
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781351181242-28

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Abstract

Of the world’s land masses, the supercontinent of Eurasia remains the largest and most dynamic, containing around 75 per cent of the world’s peoples, 60 per cent of the world’s gross national product (GNP), about three-fourths of the world’s known energy resources, and after the United States the next six largest and biggest spenders on military equipment (Brzezinski, 1997: 31; Macaes, 2018). This chapter explores the ways in which the geopolitics of Eurasia – the influence of the geographical location and features of states on the politics of the region – has helped shape, but not determine, Russia’s security strategy. (Implications of the grand theories of classical geopolitics for Russian foreign policy are explored in Berryman, 2012, 2018.)

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