The Russian Mindset and War: Between Westernizing the East and Easternizing the West

Russia is the biggest country in the world, stretching from Vladivostok in the far east to Kaliningrad in the west. The Russian mindset is neither European nor Asian. Instead, it is a unique puzzle constructed from the ideas, habits, and practices of both. Ofer Fridman argues that in an attempt to decode Russian strategic behavior, special attention should be given to the complex interplay in the Russian mind between both Western and Eastern ways of seeing things and interpreting events.

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