Thanks are due to many people. First, this book was written during my time at St Antony’s College, Oxford, and I am grateful to Alex Pravda and Roy Allison for their support. It is also the product of my work over a longer period, and it draws on and develops work done at the NATO Defence College, Rome, and in the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House. Particular thanks therefore go to Dieter Löser, Grant Hammond, Rich Hooker and participants in the Roman Baths Advisory Group for their support and friendship in Rome, and to James Nixey, Lubica Pollakova and all my colleagues at Chatham House.
I have benefited from the support, patience and courtesy of many librarians, and would like to thank Simon Blundell, Richard Ramage at St Antony’s, the library team at the NDC, and David Bates and his team at Chatham House. I am also grateful to Jan Techau at Carnegie Europe, Caroline Soper at International Affairs and Amanda Moss at Chatham House, the Royal Institute for International Affairs, for permission to draw on and develop material already published.
Caroline Wintersgill commissioned and encouraged the book, and I am grateful to her and to my publishers, Manchester University Press for their skilful support in seeing the book through to publication.
Many individuals have also helped to shape the thinking that lies behind this book. I have enjoyed and benefited from discussions with many Western officials in the UK, USA, NATO and EU, and also many Russians. I greatly appreciate the frank terms on which of these exchanges were held. Similarly, discussions with Florence Gaub, Nazrin Mehdiyeva, David Hamon, Patrick Porter, Beatrice Heuser, David Glantz, Wayne Allensworth, Hew Strachan and Rob Johnson, among many others, have stimulated my thinking. Particular thanks go to three anonymous peer reviewers, Jake Kipp, Dov Lynch, Julian Cooper, Silvana Malle, L.-J. O’Neill, Rob Dover, Keir Giles, Henry Plater-Zyberk, Don Jensen and Emily Ferris for taking the time to discuss the book’s themes and read drafts of parts or all of the text. Their comments have been invaluable, and for the most part incorporated into the text. Where I have failed to do so, and for any remaining errors, I have only myself to blame.
In Russia, I have benefited from much warmth and hospitality. I would like to thank Boris Mikhailovich, Mikhail Borisovich, Viktor Nikolaevich and Ekaterina Vladimirovna for their kindness and generosity in looking after me in various ways. The book would not have been the same without the work of Arkadiy Zvezdin and Lazar Vaysbeyn.
Finally, most of all, my thanks and love go to my family, Charles and Dorothy Monaghan and Yulia, for their patient and unfailing support and encouragement. Without them the book could not have been written, and so it is dedicated to them, and to Lara Andreevna whose happy presence is eternally felt.