Synopses & Reviews
How will Russia redraw post-Soviet borders? In the wake of recent Russian expansionism, political risk expert Agnia Grigas illustrates howandmdash;for more than two decadesandmdash;Moscow has consistently used its compatriots in bordering nations for its territorial ambitions. Demonstrating how this policy has been implemented in Ukraine and Georgia, Grigas provides cutting-edge analysis of the nature of Vladimir Putinandrsquo;s foreign policy and compatriot protection to warn that Moldova, Kazakhstan, the Baltic States, and others are also at risk.
andquot;Incisive, topical, and well arguedandmdash;a must-read for anyone interested in the security of Europeand#39;s front-line states.andquot;andmdash;Edward Lucas, Senior Editor, The Economist
andnbsp;andquot;A brilliant analysis of the soft and hard power which Russia is using to reassert influence beyond its post-Soviet borders. Agnia Grigasand#39;s explication of Russiaand#39;s strategy should be carefully studied in foreign affairs, military, and intelligence offices in Washington, DC, EU capitals, and the former Soviet States. An effective response requires such understanding.andquot;andmdash;Derek Shearer, former US Ambassador to Finland, Chevalier Professor of Diplomacy and Director of the McKinnon Center for Global Affairs, Occidental College
andquot;Beyond Crimea is a manual for imperial expansion 21st-century style: ramping up propaganda, handing out passports, and preparing in advance to seize opportunities. Study how it was done to learn how to avert the next time.andquot;andmdash;Jack Snyder, Robert and Renandeacute;e Belfer Professor of International Relations, Columbia University
andquot;Anyone interested in Putinand#39;s foreign policy should read this deeply researched, superbly analyzed account of a deliberate, long-standing strategy of imperial aggrandizement whose tragic and bloody consequences we now see across the peripheries of Russia. Grigas succeeds brilliantly in laying out the phases of this strategy.andquot;andmdash;Stephen Blank, Senior Fellow, American Foreign Policy Council
andquot;This well-researched study sheds revealing light on Moscowand#39;sandnbsp;use of the Russian diaspora to increase influence and leverageandnbsp;over neighbouring states.andquot;andmdash;Alex Pravda, University of Oxford
About the Author
Agnia Grigas is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. She lives in Washington, DC.