54- Russia's Far East Policy. Russian writers like Dmitri Trenin have called developing the Russian Far East (RFE) a civilizational task.
At the same time Moscow has acknowledged that developing the RFE is the foundation for any successful Russian claim to an independent great power status in Asia. Yet careful examination of Russian relations with the major Northeast Asian powers: China, Japan, and South Korea, strongly suggests that Russia has failed at this task and that its economic-political system is the primary reason for this failure. 52- Russia's Saudi Arabian Diplomacy. Relations between Russia and Saudi Arabia have never been as friendly as they were in 2009.
After years of tension over Saudi support for Islamist fundamentalism in the post-Soviet space and Russia's proximity to Iran and Iraq, Moscow and Riyadh have progressively moved closer to each other. This rapprochement was aided by the increasing complexity of their respective relationships with the US, concerns caused by the situation in Iraq and, between 2003 and 2008, rising fuel prices. 53-Results of the "Reset" in US-Russian Relations.
50- Europe in Russian Foreign Policy: It is now necessary to ask ourselves what place Europe holds in Russian foreign policy, given the recent developments in the latter. Indeed, Europe is by far Russia's most important partner. Nevertheless, Russia is developing a discourse of emerging state, in order to highlight the rapid loss of influence of Europeans in global affairs. Europe is still necessary in Moscow's eyes, but is no longer sufficient on its own. Russia is anticipating Europe's marginalization, all the while knowing that its own level of marginalization will depend upon the relationship that it forges with it. 49. Russia's Greater Middle East Policy. Russia's foreign policy toward the Greater Middle East is not an aggressive, anti-Western one, but a defensive policy aimed more at protecting Russian economic interests, working with virtually any government that opposes Sunni radicalism, and preventing Moscow from becoming a target of Muslim anger as occurred during the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan (1979-1989) and Chechnya (since 1994).
Mark N. Katz is a professor of government and politics at George Mason University, Fairfax, US. He writes on Russian foreign policy, the International Relations of the Middle East, and transnational revolutionary movements. 47- Russia, China and the US Strategic Tri. Over the past decade, there has been much talk about a new world order, in which American "unipolarity" would be superseded by more equal arrangements between the great powers.
One such idea is a return to the Russia-China-US triangle. In truth, however, the time for such geopolitical schemes has long passed. The contemporary international system is too complex and interdependent to be reduced to crude strategic balancing-a reality underlined by the global financial crisis. 45-Westernizers&Sinophiles in Russian FP. 40-NATO & Russia : Threat Perceptions. 39- Obama and Russia. 54- Russia's Far East Policy: Looking Beyond China. 38- Russia in Latin America. 37-Russia's Armed Forces:Power of Illusi. 21- Russia and the Deadlock over Kosovo. 16- Russia and the WTO. 9- Ukraine : Weakness & Dependence. 1- The Sino-Russian Relations.