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Revisiting the Ukraine crisis: realist reflections on causes and consequences


  • Vasif HUSEYNOV

    () (Doctoral Candidate in Political Science at the University of Göttingen in Germany)


This paper presents a realist reflection on the crisis in Ukraine from the perspective of the Western powers, in particular, that of the United States. Its theoretical argumentation is built on the basis of thoughts of contemporary realist minded scholars and geopoliticians, but, concomitantly, criticizes the contradictory nuances in their approaches. The paper analyses the consequences of the Ukraine crisis as an accomplishment from the Western point of view and diverges from other realist scholars who consider it as a mistake of the West. It argues that the United States has successfully completed its geopolitical mission concerning Ukraine by breaking it away from Moscow’s sphere of influence, therefore, now it can seek to de-escalate tensions with Russia over Ukraine and re-direct its focus on other threats, such as the rise of China.

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  • Vasif HUSEYNOV, 2017. "Revisiting the Ukraine crisis: realist reflections on causes and consequences," CES Working Papers, Centre for European Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, vol. 9(4), pages 582-596, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:jes:wpaper:y:2017:v:9:i:4:p:582-596

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    1. Vasif HUSEYNOV, 2016. "Soft power geopolitics: how does the diminishing utility of military power affect the Russia – West confrontation over the “Common Neighbourhood”," Eastern Journal of European Studies, Centre for European Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, vol. 7, pages 71-90, December.
    2. Vsevolod Samokhvalov, 2015. "Ukraine between Russia and the European Union: Triangle Revisited," Europe-Asia Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 67(9), pages 1371-1393, October.
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