The implications of the resurgence of Russia as a superpower on its bilateral relations with the USA (2000-2016).
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The study discusses the implications of the resurgence of Russia as a superpower on its bilateral relations with the USA. Russia is seeking superpower status and in the process challenging the global hegemony enjoyed by the US. Within its resurgence, Russia is challenging the unipolarity international system dominated by the US. Among the research objectives, the research sought to understand the underlying factors influencing the resurgence of Russia, the implications of these on its bilateral relations with the US and recommendations that can be given to enhance the bilateral relations between the two rivals. The balance of power theory is utilised in trying to understand the research problem: the implications of Russia’s resurgence on its bilateral relations with the US. Since the US is a regional power and Russia a regional power as well, the theory sought to explain how these states have effected these regional capabilities in trying to gain superpower status. The concept of conventional bilateral relations was also utilized as it sought to explain the bilateral US-Russia relations. Qualitative research methods were utilized in the study. Through the utilization of semi-structured interviews and documentary search, this research argues that issues that have necessitated the rise of Russia can be explained under political, social and economic factors. Within the research, it was also recognized that geographical location of Russia has also led to the resurgence of the Federation. The research also established the impact of Russia’s resurgence on its bilateral relations with the US. From 2000, USA-Russia bilateral relations have deteriorated. America imposed sanctions on Russia after its military engagements in Ukraine resulting in the US withdrawing from START II and also unilaterally withdrawing from the joint force with Russia in Syria amongst other effects. To normalize these relations however, this research recommends that the US should open diplomatic ties with Russians to engage in bilateral relations and that the US desist from its double standards when it comes to international situations.
Additional Citation InformationNdawana, A. (2017). The implications of the resurgence of Russia as a superpower on its bilateral relations with the USA (2000-2016). [Unpublished masters thesis]. University of Zimbabwe.
University of Zimbabwe