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A New Cold War?

Assessing the Current US-Russia Relationship

  • Uses an overarching neoclassical realist framework to identify four key dimensions that characterised the original Cold War

  • Analyses the technological and ideological aspects of the Cold War and compares them to the current political climate

  • Argues that the Cold War became a contest of global significance in part due to the structure of bipolarity

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Table of contents (7 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    • Nicholas Ross Smith
    Pages 1-7
  3. A Four-Dimensional Neoclassical Realist Framework

    • Nicholas Ross Smith
    Pages 9-23
  4. The Structural Dimension of US-Russia Relations

    • Nicholas Ross Smith
    Pages 25-38
  5. The Ideological Dimension of US-Russia Relations

    • Nicholas Ross Smith
    Pages 39-51
  6. The Psychological Dimension of US-Russia Relations

    • Nicholas Ross Smith
    Pages 53-65
  7. The Technological Dimension of US-Russia Relations

    • Nicholas Ross Smith
    Pages 67-79
  8. Conclusion

    • Nicholas Ross Smith
    Pages 81-84
  9. Back Matter

    Pages 85-86

About this book

‘This book offers a timely assessment of the current US-Russian relations by addressing the most pressing question confronting international relations scholars…Smith skillfully identifies four key dimensions to compare the Cold War and the current state of US-Russian relations, giving us a much better picture of the potential for a new cold war, and making it essential reading.'

—Steven E. Lobell, Professor of Political Science, University of Utah, USA


‘Concise, to the point, clearly written, and effectively argued are among the reactions after reading this brief, but incisive, comparison of the Cold War with current Russian-US relations. [It] demonstrates that, when the structural, the ideological, the psychological, and the technological dimensions of the Cold War are compared with the current US-Russia relationship significant differences are observable. This questions the validity of using the term ‘Cold War’ as a framework for analysis of the current situation.’

—Roger E. Kanet, Professor of Political Science, University of Miami, USA


This book examines the contention that current US-Russia relations have descended into a ‘New Cold War’. It examines four key dimensions of the original Cold War, the structural, the ideological, the psychological, and the technological, and argues that the current US-Russia relationship bears little resemblance to the Cold War. Presently, the international system is transitioning towards multipolarity, with Russia a declining power, while current ideological differences and threat perceptions are neither as rigid nor as bleak as they once were. Ultimately, when the four dimensions of analysis are weighed in unison, this work argues that the claim of a New Cold War is a hyperbolic assessment of US-Russia relations.

Nicholas Ross Smith is Assistant Professor of International Studies at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China, China. 

Keywords

  • US-Russia relations
  • Cold War
  • Russian politics
  • political history
  • US politics
  • 20th century politics
  • neoclassical realism
  • Type III NCR
  • IR theory
  • biopolarity
  • unipolarity
  • democratic capitalism
  • Marxism-Leninism
  • nuclear weapons
  • cyberwar
  • technological differences US-Russia
  • ideological differences US-Russia
  • new Cold War
  • nuclear deterrance
  • diplomacy
  • russian and post-soviet politics

Authors and Affiliations

  • University of Nottingham Ningbo China, Ningbo, China

    Nicholas Ross Smith

About the author

Nicholas Ross Smith is Assistant Professor of International Studies at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China, China.

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eBook USD 44.99
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  • ISBN: 978-3-030-20675-8
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  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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Hardcover Book USD 59.99
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