Russia’s Power in the Near Abroad, Illustrated in the Case of Ukraine

Student thesis: Master thesis (including HD thesis)

  • Adrian Terente
4. term, European Studies, Master (Master Programme)
The aim of this thesis is to assess Russian power in the near abroad and particularly in Ukraine in relation to Russian diasporas. In order to do so, three theoretical and analytical blocs have been constructed.
First, theories on the concept of power in International Relations are presented and assessed and particular attention is given to the transition of the study of power as resources to power as relational behavior. To this general framework is added an evaluation of the IR theories that inspire Russia’s foreign policy and a link between the latter and theories of power is made.
Second, since theories on power do not include diasporas, a conceptual link between diasporas and power is made. It is attempted to identify the relevance of diasporas as a subject that has potential influence on the power relations between two states.
Third, a specific theoretical framework for Russian diasporas in the near abroad is defined. The analysis focuses on how diasporas are constructed politically and sociologically and on the link between diasporas and Russia’s soft power.
Following this triadic power conceptualization, an account of Russia’s power in the near abroad and Ukraine is given. In particular, the occupation of Crimea and the situation in the South-East of Ukraine will be assessed according to the power framework.
LanguageEnglish
Publication date2 Jun 2014
Number of pages55
ID: 198417925