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Shawn Smallman

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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in International & Global Studies: European and University Honors


International and Global Studies


Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin (1952- ) -- Political and social views, Russia (Federation) -- Politics and government -- 1991-, Russia (Federation) -- Foreign relations -- United States -- 21st century




Since Vladimir Putin first took office at the beginning of the twentieth-century, many politicians and scholars have called his methods of ruling of Russia into question. This paper seeks to explain the reasons for the actions that Putin has taken while in charge of Russia, particularly in the respect to the claim that he has created an “authoritarian state” similar to the one of the former Soviet Union. In doing so, the paper will analyze three key aspects: Putin’s background, institutional background, and securitization. Additionally, the paper will be framed in a context that focuses on the US-Russian relations, and will focus on the Putin’s first term of presidency. However, as the conflicts in Russia continue to grow, it is essential to analyze Putin’s decisions and interactions in regards to Ukraine.


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