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Journal on Baltic Security Vol 1, Issue 1, 2015 6 PUTIN’S RUSSIA AS A REVISIONIST POWER Andrei Piontkovsky Strategic Studies Centre, Moscow ______________ Any foreign policy strategy is based on ambitions, objectives, apprehensions and values of a state’s leadership. So before addressing directly the subject of my essay, I am compelled to devote some time to this political motivation of the Russian leadership’s behaviour. We all remember the famous Churchill saying: ‘Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an


The rise of China has aroused heated debates on whether the country would become the “revisionist” power in challenging the supreme position of the “status quo” power, the United States. This paper aims to examine whether the rise of China would, firstly, empower Beijing to solve the long-term crisis in the Korean Peninsula, and secondly, complicates the picture in solving the difficult historical and political issues in Sino-Japanese relations. It is argued that the increasing economic and military capabilities of China are not instrumental in fostering significant changes within North Korea and in monitoring the external behavior of its leaders. A more nationalistic China which lacks soft power also hinders a favorable solution to the challenges of Sino-Japanese relations.

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/or actions. What does one do when an adversary’s actions fail to reach critical thresholds triggering a formal military response? Under what circumstances would the U.S. public support military action prefer to double down on the challenger in response to grey zone activity? What are the methods of choice among military, civilian, and academic experts? In an extended deterrence setting, a revisionist power is most likely to challenge the status quo by threatening the defender’s protégé. The defender could then decide to defend or abandon the protégé, returning to the

highly probable that political, economic and military ambitions of any state will be treated as a threat. On the other hand, liberals may also consider circumstances favorable for the emergence of a revisionist power as a threat. For example, threatening can be non-democratic regimes that seek or may seek in the future to gain more power. Finally, liberals have a clear strategy for the neutralization of such threats. The panacea for neutralizing threats is world democratization and liberalization; in other words, universalization and homogenization of world