Instead of analysing the (in)effectiveness of Russian soft power in world politics and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), it is important to look at the reasons behind Russian elites’ interest in soft power and how this interest has played out in Russia’s articulation and projection of soft power in the West.
Russia has claimed a special strategic interest in Ukraine, but how do Ukrainians feel about that? This article
in the special issue
on the ‘Soft Power of Hard States’ explores the reaction of the Ukrainian audience to Moscow’s efforts to exercise cultural leadership in the region.
Both Beijing and Moscow have endorsed soft power but their understanding and adaptation of the concept differs significantly from that of the West.
Was the decision to create the UN made in Russia? Is the Chinese President ‘shameless’? Politics Special Issue
on ‘The Soft Power of Hard States’ takes a critical look at how authoritarian states attempt to project their image on the world stage.