Source: Review published by Johanna Granville of Yves Boyer and Isabelle Facon,
La politique de sécurité de la Russie: entre continuité et rupture
(Paris, 2000) in
(July 2002), vol. 78, no. 3, p. 647.This book is edited by Yves Boyer and Isabelle Facon, Assistant Director andResearch Director, respectively, of the Paris-based Foundation for Strategic Research.The book consists of nine essays on Russian foreign policy and security by notedFrench and Russian political analysts and statesmen. The Russian authors include theIvan Tulin (professor, Moscow State Institute of International Affairs); IrinaKobrinskaya (Director, East-West Institute, Moscow); Dmitri Trenin (AssistantDirector, Carnegie Center, Moscow); Yurii Fyodorov (scholar, Institute for the Studyof the United States and Canada, Russian Academy of Sciences); and KonstantinMakienko (Assistant Director, Center for the Analysis of Strategies and Technologies,Moscow). Besides Boyer and Facon, the French authors include Anne de Tinguy of thesame Foundation for Strategic Research, and Dominique David (École SpécialeMilitaire de Saint-Cyr).Two especially interesting essays are Boyer’s first one (“Les Russes”) and deTinguy’s final essay (“La Russie peut-elle avoir une ambition asiatique?”). Boyerexplains that the West’s hope for change in Russia has disappeared. If not for itsnuclear power, Russia would now be considered a “pariah state.” The economyremains stagnant despite considerable international support. The mafia prospersand provokes the West. Influential policymakers from Paris to Washingtondisagree about the war in Chechnya. The White House has accused the Kremlin of maintaining sinful relationships (
des relations coupables
) with Iran and Iraq (p. 7).