Russian Foreign Policy between Security and Economics

Exporting Gas and Arms to Belarus and China 1990-2008

By Marcel Vietor

A key question for international policy-makers is whether it is primarily security or economic concerns that drive Russia's foreign policy, especially in strategic economic sectors. This study provides an answer by analysing two cases - Russian gas exports to Belarus and Russian arms exports to China. The book draws the conclusion that, in contradiction to an alleged "securitisation" of Russian foreign policy, it is economic rationales of relevant sub-state actors, rather than the state's security rationales, that have determined Russian foreign policy on exports in strategic branches.

112 pages

Publication Date: 10/30/2009
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9783643104144