The Strategic Complex: Russias Strategic Adjustment under Unipolarity
Lecture | May 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall
Russias grand strategy has changed significantly in the post-Soviet period, but IR theory cannot fully account for this variation. This research synthesizes insights from the realist and constructivist traditions to explain how domestic discourses of state identity, role, and power mediate anarchical systemic pressures to shape strategic adjustment. These discourses comprise what I call the strategic complex, which constrained and empowered grand strategy choices in Moscow under American unipolarity. I explore security and energy policy to probe the argument.