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Tuesday 16 February 2010
New Research Division Publication
Keir Giles, a leading independent analyst specialising in Russian military and security affairs, reviews the recently published Russian Military Doctrine.
As a document with legal force, the new Military Doctriner epresents a declaration of state policy, and is part of a wider overhaul of Moscow's strategic documentation. Long anticipated, the Doctrine is interesting and important not just for what it includes - particularly its focus on NATO - but for what it omits, most clearly detailed discussion of the fundamental transformations going on in the Russian armed forces. In this review, Giles explores these points, and underscores the long gestation of the document before sketching its main implications.
The publication forms part of the Review Series, edited by Dr. Andrew Monaghan. To date, other reviews include:
- Larisa Kucherova's "KGB v Afghanistanye" (The KGB in Afghanistan)
- Natan Dubovitsky's "Okolonolia" [gangsta fiction]
- The UK and Russia. A troubled relationship (Part II)
- Russia's National Security Strategy to 2020
- Nikolay and Marina Svanidze's book "Medvedev"
- Ambassador Rogozin's book "An enemy of the people"