Date of Award


Degree Type

UG Dissertation

First Advisor

Prof. Zhang Baohui


The Cold War mentality such as misperception which is deep-rooted in the American and Russian government has triggered the revival of U.S.-Russian conflicts. The new Cold War would be a continuation from the past that operates with an action-and-reactions model. However, with the change of geopolitical situation, the new Cold War would be conducted in different means.

The structural constraints suggested by the structural realist would be an explanation for the emergence of new Cold War. The structural realism makes contributions of the idea of misperception,over-exaggeration, and balance of power that is a product of an anarchic international system. The concept of security dilemma would also deliver a theoretical foundation of the action-and-reaction approach between the United States and Russia.

The geopolitical struggles between the Untied States and Russia in the CIS region, Europe and Asia would be illustrated to explain the new Cold War style of confrontation. Furthermore, the geostrategic analysis emphasizes the Russian resurgence through energy to exert greater influences in a variety of regions. Last of all, the Russo-Georgian war and Ukrainian crisis would be selected as the case study to clarify the Russian revisionism in the near abroad.

Recommended Citation

Wong, K. H. (2015). Structural realism and the New Cold War (UG dissertation, Lingnan University, Hong Kong). Retrieved from