• Petar MURGINSKI Military Academy G. S. Rakovski
  • Preslav TONKOV The London School of Economics and Political Science



Cold War;, ; foreign policy;, geopolitics, ; Russia, USSR, USA, NATO


The Cold War is not an event, it seems, but a process that continues nowadays, too. In this scholarly article, we defend the thesis that the asymmetric end of the Cold War left a lasting memory on Russia‘s foreign policy. In developing this thesis,
we proceed as follows: firstly, we will outline the realist counterargument to our thesis which suggests that no lessons can be learned from the ending of the Cold War because the bipolar struggle itself and the period after were continuations of the
constant struggle for power between states in which historical narratives and ideas have no part to play. Secondly, building on the existing constructivist perspective, we will show that understanding the different ideational frameworks that developed
in Washington and Moscow are paramount to understanding the deterioration of Russia’s relations with the West in the past decade. Thirdly, we will show how the narratives that developed within Russia about the ending of the Cold War and Russia’s
place in the world are critical to understanding the potential for change in the domestic system.

Author Biography

Petar MURGINSKI, Military Academy G. S. Rakovski

Bachelor degree in International Economic Relations, awarded by University of Economics Varna, Class of 2016

Master degree in European Studies, awarded by The London School of Economics and Political Science, Class of 2017

Doctoral student in Military-Political Aspects of Security, G. S. Rakovski Military Academy

Relevant certifications: Executive Education in Negotiation and Leadership, awarded by Harvard Law School, Class of 2021

Current position and affiliation: PhD student, Department of National and International Security, G. S. Rakovski Military Academy

Research interests: EU’s Foreign Policy and Defence, Political Philosophy, Crisis Economics



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