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Tug of War: Negotiating Security in Eurasia

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Conflicts in Eurasia have been receiving significant attention in the last few years from political scientists and international relations scholars. The geographic area of Eurasia lies at the intersection of global and regional conflicts and coordination games. On the one hand, regional controversies in Eurasia often affect relations among the great powers on a global scale - for instance, Russia believes it is engaged in a clash with the United States and its allies in post-Soviet Eurasia and that by obstructing EU and US policies in its neighbourhood, Moscow not only protects its security interests but also precipitates the demise of the US-centric world order. On the other hand, global rivalries can either exacerbate tensions or facilitate negotiated solutions across Eurasia, mostly as a result of competitive behaviour among major powers in conflict mediation.

Few scholars have focused on the negotiation process or brought together the whole variety of seemingly disparate yet comparable cases. This volume, edited by two global security experts - one from Canada and one from Russia - examines negotiations that continue after the “hot phase” of a conflict has ended and the focus becomes the search for lasting security solutions. Tug of War brings together conflict and security experts from Russia, Eurasia, and the West to tackle the overarching question: how useful has the process of negotiation been in resolving or mitigating different conflicts and coordination problems in Eurasia, compared to attempts at exploiting or achieving a decisive advantage over one’s opponents?

Author: Hampson Osler
Pages: 236
ISBN: 9781928096580
Cover: Paperback
Edition Number: 1
Release Year: 2017

Acknowledgments | ii

Acronyms and Abbreviations | ix


Negotiating Security in Eurasia: A Conceptual Framework | 3
Fen Osler Hampson and Mikhail Troitskiy

Part One: Negotiating Security Order Ownership

1 Negotiating Russia’s Status in Post-Soviet Eurasia | 19
Mikhail Troitskiy

2 Negotiations under Disagreement: Limitations and Achievements of Russian-Western Talks on NATO Enlargement | 35
Igor Istomin

3 China in Central Asia: Negotiating Cooperation for Mutual Benefits? | 53
Guy Olivier Faure

4 Negotiating on Horseback: Mongolia in Eurasian Security Negotiations | 69
Paul Meerts, Tjalling H. F. Halbertsma, and Jamsran Khereid Bayasakh

Part Two: Resolving Conflicts: Real and Imagined

5 Negotiating Peace in the South Caucasus | 87
Jason Bruder and Shannon Burke Bruder

6 Negotiating the Ukraine-Crimea Crisis | 101
P. Terrence Hopmann

7 Negotiating Protracted Conflicts in Post-Soviet Eurasia: The Case of Moldova/Transnistria | 117
Tony van der Togt

8 Negotiating Memory in Eurasia: A Comparative Analysis | 131
Valerie Rosoux

Part Three: Multilateral Diplomacy: Economics, Security and the Environment

9 Negotiating Status and Security around the Caspian: The Webs of Many Spiders | 145
I. William Zartman and Maria-Alexandra Martin

10 Negotiating Security in Central Asia: Explicit and Tacit Dimensions | 163
Alisher Faizullaev

11 “Pivot to Asia”? Security and Economic Aspects of the Power of Siberia Negotiations | 183
Danila Bochkarev


Security Challenges in Eurasia: When Does Negotiation Help? | 197
Fen Osler Hampson, Simon Palamar and Mikhail Troitskiy

Contributors| 205

Index | 211

Fen Osler Hampson is the director of CIGI’s Global Security & Politics Program and serves as Chancellor’s Professor at Carleton University. He is the co-author of Look Who’s Watching: Surveillance, Treachery and Trust Online.

Mikhail Troitskiy is associate professor and dean of the School of Government and International Affairs at Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University) and an IMARES program professor at European University at St. Petersburg.

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