How did Russia manage to emerge resurgent on the world stage and play a weak hand so effectively? Is it because Putin is a brilliant strategist? Or has Russia stepped into a vacuum created by the West's distraction with its own domestic problems and US ambivalence about whether it still wants to act as a superpower? 'Putin's World' examines the country's turbulent past, how it has influenced Putin, the Russians' understanding of their position on the global stage and their future ambitions and their conviction that the West has tried to deny them a seat at the table of great powers since the USSR collapsed. This book looks at Russia's key relationships, its downward spiral with the United States, Europe, and NATO its ties to China, Japan, the Middle East and with its neighbours, particularly the fraught relationship with Ukraine.