Russian history is replete with zig-zags between reform and reaction, ottepel’ (thaw) and moroz (freezing), turns to and from the East and West. The year 2012 marked another zig-zag as Putin returned to the presidency, replacing Medvedev. Medvedev’s presidency saw a “thaw” in Russian politics and improved relations with the West. Putin’s return has largely frozen the thaw and stalled the reset; he has refocused Russian foreign policy to the Asia-Pacific.
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Research Article| February 01 2013
Russia in 2012: From “Thaw” and “Reset” to “Freeze”
Gordon M. Hahn
Gordon M. Hahn is a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C.; a Senior Researcher and Visiting Assistant Professor in the Monterey Terrorism Research and Education Program at the Monterey Institute for International Studies in Monterey, California; and Analyst/Consultant at Russia—Other Points of View, <www.russiaotherpointsofview.com>. He is the author of Russia’s Islamic Threat(Yale, 2007) and Russia’s Revolution from Above, 1985–2000 (Transaction, 2002). Dr. Hahn writes and edits the bimonthly “Islam, Islamism, and Politics in Eurasia Report” at CSIS.
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Asian Survey (2013) 53 (1): 214–223.
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Gordon M. Hahn; Russia in 2012: From “Thaw” and “Reset” to “Freeze”. Asian Survey 1 February 2013; 53 (1): 214–223. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2013.53.1.214
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