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Reinterpreting Russia in the twenty-first century
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The war in Ukraine has served to refocus Western political attention on Russia through the lens of the potential threat it poses to the West. It is the serious multidisciplinary study of Russia that builds an empathetic understanding of Russian history, society and politics, and includes accurate linguistic and conceptual interpretation. The optimism of the 'end of history' era and the possibility of Russia's progress towards Western-style democracy and partnership with the West has proven remarkably resilient, if increasingly reflexive and automatic. The frequent references to the Cold War serve to distort understanding of Russia, the references to mid-twentieth-century Nazi Germany, so evident in the wake of the war in Ukraine, even more. Some have suggested that the war in Syria may offer grounds for some form of cooperation between the West and Russia in their opposition to Islamic State.

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The new politics of Russia

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