Russia's 2014 military doctrine and beyond: threat perceptions, capabilities and ambitions

By Polina Sinovets and Bettina Renz

New Russia's military doctrine is scrutinized in details. The authors argue that this document does not differ significantly from its previous versions: the main theme is rivalry with the West. The most important detail is that the doctrine has two audiences: internal and external. The reasons of Russia foreign and security policy that are explained in a different ways for these two target groups are analyzed.