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The Putin-Bush era: an analysis about the USA-Russia relationship (2001/2008)

Grant number: 08/10774-5
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2009
Effective date (End): December 31, 2010
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Political Science - International Politics
Principal researcher:Cristina Soreanu Pecequilo
Grantee:Alessandra Aparecida Luque
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia e Ciências (FFC). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Marília. Marília , SP, Brazil

Abstract

This project aims to analyze the bilateral relations between the old superpowers of the Cold War- the United States of America (USA) and the Russian Federation (the former Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics) during the governments of George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin (2001/2008). During this period, we aim to study, considering the changes in the international system after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and, mainly after 9/11, the alliances and conflicts that characterize this relation. In order to better understand this dynamic, the research also intends to present a brief historical overview of the USA and the USSR relations. The Bush-Putin relation was chosen since it represents a complex trend of converging and diverging interests of the period. Under Putin orientation, the Russian nation searched for a new status in the global system, beginning the internal rebuilt of the country and a more independent policy stance. The USA, on the other hand, aimed to strengthen its power in traditional areas such as Europe and Asia, stretching towards old Soviet spheres of influence, also pressed by the loss of this continental invulnerability. The divergences amongst Russian-American interests, in particular in Eurasia, and the convergences on the Global War on Terror are focused by this research, involving, on one hand, a nation that seeks to preserve its hegemony and, on the other, one willing to recover its place amongst the great powers.(AU)

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