Conflict in the Former USSR by Matthew Sussex

By Matthew Sussex

Because the cave in of the Soviet Union, clash within the former USSR has been a key predicament in foreign safeguard. This e-book fills a spot within the literature on violent clash, comparing a sector that comprises all of the glossy parts for instability and aggression. Bringing jointly top specialists on battle and defense, the booklet addresses present debates in diplomacy approximately energy, pursuits, globalisation, and the politics of id as significant drivers of up to date battle. Incidents equivalent to the 2008 Russo-Georgian clash, the wars in Chechnya, and Russia's struggles over nationwide id and assets with the Ukraine and Moldova over the Crimea and the Trans-Dneister are all completely tested. With new matters like power safety, terrorism and transnational crime, and older tensions among East and West threatening to deepen once again, this can be a big contribution to the overseas protection literature.

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125 on Sun Dec 23 12:12:58 WET 2012. 003 Cambridge Books Online © Cambridge University Press, 2012 30 Roger E. 46 This control, however, did not cow the Georgian government into accepting Russian dominance in the region, or accepting the de facto autonomy of the Russian-backed secessions in South Ossetia and Abkhazia. 48 However, there is another part of Russia’s use of its domination over energy production and distribution that is signiicant for the drive to re-establish Greater Russia and the Russian Federation as a major world power: namely, attempting to gain control over the distribution of oil and gas from Central Asia in Western markets.

Kanet In fact, neither of these relationships really met Russian objectives. Moscow was excluded from full participation in those G8 meetings at which meaningful decisions concerning international i nancial matters were likely to occur. Moreover, given the disastrous state of Russia’s economy there was little hope of exercising any real inluence within the group. At the same time the NATO-Russia Founding Act also proved unsatisfactory. While the act did not provide Russia with anything approximating veto power over NATO decisions, it did call for effective consultation on important security issues.

54–78. 125 on Sun Dec 23 12:12:58 WET 2012. 003 Cambridge Books Online © Cambridge University Press, 2012 18 Roger E. Kanet involvement to re-establish a Russian role. Second, it outlines the overall security objectives, both domestic and foreign, set by Putin at the outset of his administration in 2000, and how he and Medvedev have pursued them. 11 But the reintegration of former Soviet economic space, with Russia playing the dominant role through its control of energy production and distribution, has become the central focus of Moscow’s efforts to recreate a ‘Greater Russia’, and to reclaim its place in that space as a great power.

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