Escaping the Imperial Grip of Russia: Ukraine, Belarus, Armenia and Georgia

Cross-Border Journal for International Studies, Vol. 1(1), 2016

11 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2017

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Viljar Veebel

Tallinn University of Technology (TUT)

Date Written: October 1, 2016

Abstract

Russia's war with Georgia in 2008 and the ongoing conflict with Ukraine since 2013 have revealed Russia’s geopolitical ambitions in the former Soviet space. This forces former Soviet republics in the South Caucasus and Central and Eastern Europe to choose between non-alignment and closer integration with either the EU or Russia. This study focuses on the question of political and economic risk for Belarus, Armenia, Ukraine and Georgia, in case of their attempt to escape the influence of Russia. Based on the assumption that a common pattern exists in Russia’s behaviour during the conflicts in Georgia and Ukraine, ethnic and economic pre-conditions for a successful “hybrid warfare” are analysed, and the economic consequences of a potential change of course towards the EU of these countries are assessed.

Keywords: Russia, Georgian War, Former Soviet Republic

Suggested Citation

Veebel, Viljar, Escaping the Imperial Grip of Russia: Ukraine, Belarus, Armenia and Georgia (October 1, 2016). Cross-Border Journal for International Studies, Vol. 1(1), 2016 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2993185

Viljar Veebel (Contact Author)

Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) ( email )

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