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A Less than Special Relationship - the UK’s Russia Experience

David, M (2011) A Less than Special Relationship - the UK’s Russia Experience Journal of Contemporary Studies, 19 (2). 201 - 212. ISSN 1478-2804

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This article examines the UK’s post-Cold War relations with Russia, arguing that three factors have defined the relationship: the mix of a values and interests approach, leadership, and external pressures. These have resulted in the emergence of three distinct phases, each underpinned by the same objectives but with different ideas on how to achieve them. The effects of the UK’s special relationship with the USA are also examined, concluding that the UK’s transatlantic orientation had the positive benefit for the EU of insulating it from the worst effects of a troubled bilateral relationship, showing bilateralism does not always signal trouble for multilateral arrangements.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > Politics
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Date : June 2011
Identification Number : 10.1080/14782804.2011.580908
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Additional Information : This is an electronic version of an article published in Maxine David (2011). A Less than Special Relationship: The UK's Russia Experience. Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 19:2, 201-212. JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY EUROPEAN STUDIES is available online at:
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 26 Apr 2012 16:09
Last Modified : 23 Sep 2013 19:15

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