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Conflict in the Former USSR


Matthew Sussex, Roger E. Kanet, Richard Sakwa, Beat Kernen, Neil Robinson, Leslie Holmes, Matt Killingsworth
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  • Date Published: October 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521763103

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  • Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, conflict in the former USSR has been a key concern in international security. This book fills a gap in the literature on violent conflict, evaluating a region that contains all the modern ingredients for instability and aggression. Bringing together leading experts on war and security, the book addresses current debates in international relations about power, interests, globalisation and the politics of identity as major drivers of contemporary war. Incidents such as the 2008 Russo-Georgian conflict, the wars in Chechnya, and Russia's struggles over national identity and resources with former communist states are all thoroughly examined. With new issues like energy security, terrorism and transnational crime, and older tensions between East and West threatening to deepen once more, this is an important contribution to the international security literature.

    • Provides a resource for those looking for scholarship on Russia with writing on contemporary war
    • Fills a gap in the market: very little writing on conflicts in and around Russia since the 1990s
    • Many edited collections lack coherence between chapters: a major goal of this book is to capitalise on the expertise of contributors with clear themes linked back to major debates in the field
    • Major conflicts mapped in appendix
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Those who foolishly proclaimed the end of history after 1989 should read this engaging and scholarly book on the former USSR with great care. Balanced, sober, and above all comprehensive, there is no better starting-point for reflecting in depth on the past, present and future of this most troubled of spaces at the heart of a once great superpower.' Michael Cox, Co-Director, IDEAS, London School of Economics and Political Science

    'This is a fine, stimulating collection of essays. Theoretically nuanced and empirically grounded, these essays combine an exploration of major theoretical issues in international relations with deep insight into both the dynamics of conflict in the post-Soviet space and the very nature of the polities in this region. This collection will be of enduring value to everyone who wants to understand what has been going on in the former USSR.' Graeme Gill, University of Sydney

    'Put together, this brilliant collection of essays is the most sophisticated and intelligent analysis yet to appear of the range of conflicts in the former Soviet space.' Anatol Lieven, King's College London, and author of Chechnya: Tombstone of Russian Power

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521763103
    • length: 261 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 158 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • contains: 3 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: understanding conflict in the former USSR Matthew Sussex
    2. The return of imperial Russia Roger E. Kanet
    3. The shape of the security order in the former USSR Matthew Sussex
    4. Great powers and small wars in the Caucasus Richard Sakwa
    5. The Russo-Georgian war: identity, intervention and norm adaptation Beat Kernen and Matthew Sussex
    6. Why not more conflict in the former USSR? Russia and Central Asia as a zone of relative peace Neil Robinson
    7. Transnational crime, corruption and conflict in Russia and the former USSR Leslie Holmes
    8. The transformation of war? New and old conflicts in the former USSR Matt Killingsworth
    9. Conclusions: the future of conflict in the former USSR Matthew Sussex.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Russia and the Republics
    • The Military in Politics
  • Editor

    Matthew Sussex, University of Tasmania
    Dr Matthew Sussex holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne (2001) and completed his undergraduate and Honours qualifications at the University of Queensland. He is currently Senior Lecturer in the School of Government, University of Tasmania, where he coordinates that institution's International Relations programme. His research interests include international security, Russian politics and foreign policy, strategic studies, European politics and international relations theory.


    Matthew Sussex, Roger E. Kanet, Richard Sakwa, Beat Kernen, Neil Robinson, Leslie Holmes, Matt Killingsworth

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