Russia's Policies in the Caucasus; Former Soviet South Project

London: The Royal Institute of International Affairs, 1997. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Trade paperback. vii, [3], 61, [1] pages. Footnotes. Maps. Tables. Further Reading. Ink marks noted. Pavel Kimovich Baev (born 22 May 1957) is a Russian-Norwegian political scientist and security scholar. He is currently a research professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and a senior nonresident fellow at the Brookings Institution (Washington, DC). Baev graduated from Moscow State University (M.A. in economic and political geography, 1979) and worked in a research institute in the USSR Ministry of Defence. He received his Ph.D. in international relations from the Institute for US and Canadian Studies in Moscow in 1988, then worked in the newly created Institute of Europe in Moscow until 1992, when he moved to Oslo, Norway and joined PRIO. In 1994?1996, he held a Democratic Institutions Fellowship from NATO. From 1995?2001, Baev was co-editor of the academic journal Security Dialogue, and from 1999-2005 he was a member of the PRIO board. Baev's current research includes the transformation of the Russian military, Russia ? European Union relations, Russia's energy policy, Russia's policy in the Arctic, terrorism and conflicts in the Caucasus. He is a member of the PONARS Eurasia program, currently located at the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at the Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University. Baev is the author of several books and academic articles and he is a regular columnist in the Eurasia Daily Monitor published by the Jamestown Foundation. The Caucasus is one of the priority areas in Russian policy, and Russia's impact on developments there is in many cases decisive. Since 1990 Yeltsin's policy has been neither consistent nor really successful, Chechenia represents the most serious failure. The author examines the evolution of the main strands of Russian diplomatic, military and economic policy towards the three Caucasian states as well as towards the North Caucasian republics of the Russian Federation. This paper argues that Russia's policies in the Caucasus will in the near future remain essentially reactive, ad hoe and opportunistic. A lot depends upon the composition of political forces in Moscow, but Russia's gradual strategic retreat from the Caucasus is provably irreversible. From the point of view of strengthening the norms of international relations, this trend is generally positive -- but it should not leave behind a vacuum of power and unleash a new cycle of conflicts. Committee international involvement through a variety of channel could help develop a reliable and stable framework of democratic processes and conflict resolution. Condition: Good / No DJ issued.

Keywords: Russia, Conflict Management, Chechen War, Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia, Caucasus, Diplomacy, Federal Policy, Military Policy, Economic Interests, Petroleum Industry, Peacekeeping Operations

ISBN: 1862030553

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