Adaptation and change of multipolarity in Russian foreign policy between 1991 and 2014
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This research aims to enlighten Russian foreign policy in the context of emphasis on multipolarity beginning from end of the Cold War. Russia as newborn state lost her identity and tried to integrate herself into new world order. in order to adjust herself Russia embraced the concept of multipolarity but gradually understanding of multipolarity changed. Russia was in favor of pro-Western multipolarity and supported the world of Western ideas until the United States started to dominate the world order. Starting from 2003 Russia changed her stance and in 2007 clarified how international system should be based on. This work aims to answer how Russia adopted multipolarity as a foreign policy strategy and why Russia changed her perception of multipolarity. in order to answer these questions this thesis will be based on qualitative research. Constructivism will be used to explain Russian interests and identity for Russian foreign policy goals. Also structural realism will be used realism as to identify multipolarity and Russian behavior in the international system. The data will be derived from primary and secondary resources. Official state documents and presidential speeches will be the primary resources. Books and articles from social sciences databases will be the secondary resources. Russia believes is she is destined to be a great power and she is persuaded for this claim for a long time. Now Russia is a key player in the international system owing to her continuing effort by challenging the world based on Western ideas. This thesis aims to enlighten this claim.