New Book by Kathryn Stoner Examines the ‘Paradox’ of Russian Power

PONARS Eurasia
24 Feb 2021

(Stanford FSI) In her new book, “Russia Resurrected: Its Power and Purpose in a New Global Order,” Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) Deputy Director and Senior Fellow Kathryn Stoner argues that Russia is more than a regional power and that its international reach and influence — while in no way as extensive as that of the Soviet Union — are far more significant than often realized.

In a discussion with FSI Director Michael McFaul, Stoner elaborated on several themes in her book, including Russia’s economy and its international influence.

The characterization of Russia as a “weak” nation is outdated, Stoner told McFaul. This stereotype originated in the early 1990s when Russia was experiencing a large amount of street crime and corruption, she said. [...]

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