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The Uses of Sovereignty in Twenty First Century Russian Foreign Policy

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)957-984
Number of pages28
Issue number6
Early online date29 Jul 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016


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Contemporary Russian foreign policy demonstrates a dual approach to state sovereignty, using a Westphalian model of sovereignty outside the former Soviet region and a post-Soviet model inside it. This approach performs three functions in contemporary Russian foreign policy: securing Russian national interests at domestic, regional, and international levels; balancing against the United States; and acting as a marker of ‘non-Western’ power identity in an emergent multipolar order. The conflict between these two models increasingly appears to threaten the last of these objectives, however, and as a means of advancing foreign policy objectives the approach thus appears caught in a self-defeating logic.

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