Russian Domestic Politics, Military Power, and the Eurasian State System

  • Robert V. Barylski


This chapter analyzes the decline and revival of the Russian State within the Eurasian system of states from 1985 to 1994. It opens with basic definitions of the state and state viability that identify military capacity as a vital component of state viability. Second, it analyzes the state’s weakening under the impact of Mikhail Gorbachev’s reforms. Third, it examines Boris Yeltsin’s efforts to begin rebuilding the Russian State into an effective military and political power capable of maintaining a Russian sphere of influence in Eurasia. This chapter argues that the Russian State’s international power will not be restored until a reasonably stable, positive working relationship is established between the civilian political leadership, namely the executive and legislative branches of the federal government, and the national defense constituency.


Armed Force Military Personnel National Defense Liberal Democratic Party Defense Spending 
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