Russia's Far East
Rensselaer Lee & Artyom Lukin
Lynne Rienner Publishers
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9781626373891, $68.00, HC, 276pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: The strategically located Russian Far East (a vast expanse stretching from Lake Baikal to the Pacific Ocean) is notable not only for its rich natural resources, but also for the economic challenges, internal dissent, and risks of foreign encroachment that it faces. In the pages of "Russia's Far East: New Dynamics in Asia Pacific and Beyond", authors Rensselaer Lee (Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) and Artyom Lukin (Associate Professor of International Relations and Deputy Director for Research in the School of Regional and International Studies at Russia's Far Eastern Federal University) explore the history, economics, and politics of the RFE in the context of its geopolitical significance both regionally and internationally. Professors Lee and Lukin deftly address questions that have become increasingly important in current global politics: What are the implications, for example, of Russia's growing economic dependence on China? Could...