MA, University of Wisconsin
I am interested in the inter-relationship of Russian defense policy and diplomacy, and how military priorities and deployments reflect Russia’s interests in the world. I would like to perform research on former Foreign Minister Andrey Kozyrev’s attempt to formulate and establish a liberal foreign policy in the early 1990s. Though this policy failed to take firm root in the Russian consciousness and was eventually replaced by the more independent Eurasianist vision, many of the issues the Russians struggled with in Primakov’s era are still present today. A comprehensive analysis of the failure of Kozyrev’s vision can help us better understand the context in which Russian foreign policy is made today.