The Russian Army in a Time of Troubles (International Peace by Pavel Baev

By Pavel Baev

This learn of the Russian military and the way it has fared within the doubtful transitional interval on account that independence in December 1991 offers the foundation for realizing its current and power destiny function within the new political advancements inside Russia. Following an old evaluate of Russia's safety time table and an exam of the Russian//Soviet army's culture of involvement in politics, the ebook then examines Russia's present safeguard pursuits and the function of the military in preserving them. Geopolitical views are associated with the safety problems with the `Near Abroad', and to the nuclear size of safety. Pavel ok Baev then considers the query of the feasibility of political keep an eye on over the Russian military. The

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30 PA R T I : G E N E R A L LY S P E A K I N G attention to the immediate neighbourhood. The most serious attempt to bridge the gap and at the same time to provide a new focus was probably the report 'Strategy for Russia' ( 1 992) prepared by the newly formed Council on Foreign and Defence Policy, which included a score of influential politicians, civil strate­ gists and military experts. This remarkably consistent and comprehensive Report placed heavy emphasis on two assumptions: (a) that Russia's interests were not symmetrical to those of the West and the divergence between the two would increase; (b) that the main priority was not the West, but the Near Abroad, since the crucial external challenges to Russia's security would come from the newly independent states.

P. ' A R M Y A N D PO L I T I C S I N H I STO R I C A L P E R S P ECT I V E 25 the acute institutional crisis in the Army, so the most serious q uestion mark in the rei terated references to General Pinochet concerned the obvious lack of cohesion in the military leadership. But in the final analysis, as M ichael Desch ( 1 993, p. 473 ) puts it, 'all the military needs . . is to be less divided than Russian society in general to be a force in domestic politics' . 5 Conclusion [ t would certainly be naive to believe that a history-oriented a nalysis of the Russian m i l i tary c u l t ur e could provide firm guidel ines to the behaviour of the Russian Army in the near fut ure.

In the judgcment of some Soviet theoreticians, this contribution 'radically changed the statement of the problem ' ( Sokolovskiy, 1 975, p. 430). 22 P A R T I : G E N E R A L LY S P E A K I N G the volumes of Voennaya Misl (,Military Thought') one can hardly find any­ thing close to such attempts of contemporary interpretation as, for example, Beyerchen ( 1 992/93). Actually, the two-volume Russian translation of Vom Kriege from 1 937 i n the Officer's Library series was never reprinted, so generations of scholars had to rely on Lenin's quotations.

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