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Tsygankov, Andrei P. “The Revisionist Moment: Russia, Trump, and Global Transition.” Problems of Post-Communism (2020): 1-11.

Abstract

In response to recent changes in the international system, several schools of thought within the expert community have competed for influence inside Russia. Some of them push toward the establishment of a new, concert-based global power, while others warn that global instability is the new normal or doubt that the world has moved past the West-centered system. The Kremlin remains instinctively revisionist yet is also wary of any sharp and potentially disruptive moves. The global transition and Russia’s great power mentality push Moscow toward revisionism, while domestic stagnation and cautious reactions from non-Western powers encourage pragmatism in foreign policy.