Eternal Russia and the Troublesome East
This chapter discusses the internal and external ramifications of Putin's return to the Russian Presidency in 2012. The author argues that the West can only influence a Putin-led Russia indirectly, by encouraging economic and political reforms in neighboring countries such as the Ukraine, Georgia and Belarus. If successful, these reforms could set a positive example and act as a catalyst for change in Russia. With this in mind, the future of the Eastern Partnership and the scope for a US role in its development is discussed.
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