No Illusions: The Voices of Russia's Future Leaders by Ellen MickiewiczNo Illusions: The Voices of Russia's Future Leaders by Ellen Mickiewicz

No Illusions: The Voices of Russia's Future Leaders

byEllen Mickiewicz

Hardcover | August 19, 2014

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How will the future leaders of Russia regard the world scene? How will they regard the United States, democracy, free speech, and immigration? What do they think of their current leaders? And what sorts of tactics will they bring to international negotiating tables, political and otherwise? No Illusions: The Voices of Russia's Future Leaders provides an engaging, intimate, and unprecedented window into the mindsets of the next generation of leaders in Russian politics, business, and economics. In this book, one hundred and eight students in Russia's three most elite universities, thetraining grounds for the nation's leadership, reveal their thoughts on international relations, domestic and international media, democratic movements, and their government in focus groups; they speak candidly, passionately, and sometimes sardonically about America. As well, Ellen Mickiewicz, one of the world's foremost experts on Russian media, politics, and culture, shows how their total immersion in the world of the internet - an immersion that sets them apart from the current generation of Russian leadership and much of the rest of the country - frames theway that they think and affects their trust in their leaders, the media, and their colleagues. Their worldviews are complex and often contradictory, reflecting complicated personalities that are adaptable yet also subject to much internal strife and "splintering." For example, while many of them areplanning to go into politics, they express ambivalence about voting; they have favorable views of democracy, but not of the American model; they are shrewd critics of government propaganda and yet have clearly absorbed residue of Cold War paranoia. Mickiewicz also looks at the nation's recent protests and nascent political movements to show how they came about and to consider what promise they might hold for a more democratic Russia. She profiles several of Russia's up-and-coming leaders, including charismatic and controversial activist andpolitician Aleksei Navalny, perhaps one of the more formidable threats to the Putin regime. As this book shows, the next generation of Russian leadership promises to hold a rather different worldview from that of the current one, yet it is not a worldview that readily embraces American democracy. NoIllusions is a thought-provoking and often surprising glimpse into the future of Russia's foreign relations.
Ellen Mickiewicz is James R. Shepley Emeritus Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science at Duke University.
Title:No Illusions: The Voices of Russia's Future LeadersFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:August 19, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199977836

ISBN - 13:9780199977833


Table of Contents

Introduction1. America Refracted2. Russian Leaders3. Should I Take a Chance on Trust?4. Life on the Russian Internet5. Different Faces of Demonstrations and One Experiment Carving Democracy in the Internet6. Game Changers, Reprisals and Political Competition7. The Future Takes ShapeNotesIndex