Irina Busygina, who currently works in the Department of Applied Politics at National Research University Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg, studies comparative politics, regional politics, Russian foreign policy
and EU-Russia relations. Her recent book is an exceptional one in terms of both her analysis of forms of power and power relations in global politics. Also, the application of this theoretical analysis to Russia-EU relations in the context of a common neighborhood makes it a novel one. The structure of the book provides an easy-reading framework as the first chapter gives the necessary theoretical background to the readers. Thus, it facilitates an understanding of the next four chapters on the formation and main practices of the EU and Russian foreign policy. The last four chapters distinguish four cases by focusing on the common neighborhood countries as an area of competition between Russia and the EU.