The article offers analysis of Russia’s military strategy based on the text of the Military Doctrine 2014 as well as the Kremlin’s public rhetoric. The issues of Russia’s identity as well as its vital interests and military development and engineering are touched upon. On the other hand, the United States’ National Security Strategy 2015 is regarded as a key element to understanding American intentions and resolve in response to the Russia’s challenge. The Ukrainian conflict is presented as a key element of Russia’s strategy.
Dr. Polina Sinovets works as the Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations, Institute of Social Sciences, Odessa National I.I. Mechnikov University. Since 2015 Dr. Sinovets heads Odessa Center for Nonproliferation. A member of PONARS Eurasia. Main fields of research interest: nuclear nonproliferation and regional challenges, deterrence, nuclear history of states upon which Dr. Sinovets has published over 50 articles. An author of the monographs: “Double-Faced Yanus or Nuclear Deterrence Theory in the 21st century” and “Deterrence and the Nuclear Superpowers After the Cold War”. Graduate of “The Study of the CNS NIS Visiting Fellowship Program of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute for International Studies (2006), “US Institute on National Security Policymaking” program, sponsored by the US State department (2012) as well as NATO Defense College Fellowship (2015).