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Ukraine Liveblog Day 179
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
What Is Shaping Putin's Foreign Policy?
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Why is Putin doing this? What is shaping his Ukraine policy? The Interpreter's Andrew Bowen Examines these questions in his latest analysis, The Vanguard of Russia’s New Foreign Policy.

Bowen argues that since 2008 we have seen a gradual shift from the pragmatic Putin, to a more ideological leader bent on preserving his ideas of Russian statehood and sovereignty. In order to project Russian power and to defend this notion the country needed a strong military. This military and its elite forces have come to be the most important foreign policy tool in the Kremlin's arsenal. It is these troops, designed to operate in the confusing and shifting landscape of conflict that are the defenders of Putin's new vision for Russia.

Bowen's article has received some high praise from the President of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves: