Nuclear Deterrence and Cooperation? (Russian Security and Foreign Policy 2008-2012)


The objective of this article is to analyse the security and foreign policy of the Russian Federation in 2008-2012, in terms of security culture. The article is based on the assumption that the Russian security and foreign policy during Medvedev’s presidency was characterized by four features: promoting multilateralism, exaggeration Russian national security threats, emphasizing the possibility of the use of nuclear deterrence, and using energy as a political tool. The article is based on three Russian strategic documents, i.e. Foreign Policy Concept of the Russian Federation, National Security Strategy of the Russian Federation to 2020 and the Military Doctrine of the Russian Federation. It also examines some events of Russian internal and external policy, especially Russian-Georgian conflict, Medvedev’s proposal to create new security architecture in Europe, or the security relations between Russia and the EU, NATO and the U.S.

Lukáš Tichý, Ph.D., born in 1982. He works as a researcher at the Institute of International Relations in Prague. He deals with issues of energy security, foreign and security policy of the EU and Russia and international relations theories. He has published a number of articles in domestic and foreign professional journals, collections and monographs.

Country: Czech Republic


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