When the Soviet Union collapsed on December 26, 1991, it looked like the start of a remarkable new era of peace and co-operation. But Russia emerged from the 1990s battered and humiliated. Goaded on by a triumphant West, a new Russia has emerged with a large arsenal of upgraded weapons, conventional and nuclear, determined to reassert its national interests in Chechnya, Georgia and Ukraine, as well as fighting a proxy war in the Middle East. Conradi argues that we have consistently failed to understand Russia and its motives and, in doing so, have made a powerful enemy.
I. The time of troubles. The ties that bind ; The boys in pink trousers ; In search of a new Marshall Plan ; Stockholm Syndrome ; Eastward bound ; Bill and Ol' Boris ; A fatal error? ; Kosovo -- II. Rebirth. A new start ; A sense of Putin's soul ; From 9/11 to Iraq ; Mission accomplished ; The Colour Revolutions ; Munich ; The trap -- III. The hot peace. Overload ; Silicon Valley ; The return of the chief ; Ukraine ; A piece of paradise ; "You do it too" ; Towards Eurasia ; The Siberian Candidate ; Three faces of Russia
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