Marcin Kaczmarski of the University of Warsaw offers a succinct and comprehensive review of the Russia-China relationship since the 2008 global economic crisis, concluding that it is no longer an 'axis of convenience'
Angela Stent, Survival: Global Politics and Strategy, August-September 2015
The Sino-Russian relationship has featured numerous twists and turns over the century since revolutions transformed the domestic politics and foreign policies of both countries. Today, ongoing changes in China and Russia, and at the global level, are creating an opportunity for innovative analysis of the relationship between these two major powers. Marcin Kaczmarski's account meets that need well.
Tim Summers, International Affairs, Volume 91, Issue 6, pages 1440-1442, November 2015
Kaczmarski delicately confronts the two narratives on Russian-Chinese relations: the official-optimistic one of a strategic partnership and the academic-pessimistic narrative of Bobo Lo's axis of convenience. Although it is difficult to say whether Kaczmarski's approach is a better way to understand Russo-Chinese relations, it is undoubtedly a good sign that a new voice has appeared in the debate.
Michal Lubina, New Eastern Europe, No. 6/2015, pages. 169-171
This book delves into critically significant issues, as it investigates the various aspects of relations between the two regional powers at regional and global level in their interaction (and confrontation at other times) with the West and the United States [...] this can be rated as one of the most complete and more updated works in the field of Sino-Russian relations
Ghasem Torabi, Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 68, No. 2, page 357
Kaczmarski's analysis not only illuminates the patterns and practices of Russia's and China's foreign policies, but also radically alters the dominant frameworks within which the debate on their interactions tends to be positioned. What emerges is a far more sophisticated and nuanced narrative of the multiplicity, contingency and unpredictability of Chinese international agency on the world stage.
Emilian Kavalski, The China Quarterly, 226, June 2016, pp. 551-559
Marcin Kaczmarski tackles the puzzle of why a declining Russia has accommodated China's rise, rather than seeking to balance a potential challenger as realist theory would predict, and why an increasingly powerful China has exercised restraint in its relations with Russia [...] Russian backing for China's assertive posture in the Asia-Pacific reinforces Kaczmarski's narrative of a gradual accommodation to Chinese preeminence.
Charles Ziegler, Slavic Review, Vol. 76, No. 2, 2017, pp. 577-578