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Politics and International Relations in Eurasia


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1. Inside Eurasia: the logic of a two-level game 2. The case of Transdniestria (Moldova) 3. The case of Crimea (Ukraine) 4. The cases of South Ossetia and Abkhazia (Georgia) 5. The case of Nagorno-Karabakh (Azerbaijan) 6. The clash of interests across Eurasia's underbelly 7. China's policies and politics 8. Conclusions: Eurasian politics as a two-level game

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Stylianos A. Sotiriou is lecturer of political science and international relations at the University of Macedonia


Stylianos Sotiriou focuses on Eurasia's semi-recognized entities such as Crimea, Nagorno-Karabakh, South Ossetia, and Transnistria, as well as the international and energy politics that define the region. Although the politics of Eurasia is not limited to these issues, focusing on semi-states and energy politics is a useful approach to the region's dynamics that will expand our knowledge of Eurasia. -- Andrei P. Tsygankov, San Francisco State University
Stylianos Sotiriou expands our understanding of the complex geopolitics of Eurasia by delving into the frozen conflicts of the former Soviet Union and the often byzantine issues surrounding energy transit to China and Europe. He shows that these two dynamics will shape the future of this region and, as a consequence, the very future of the international system itself. It comes recommended for those who want deeper insights into Eurasian domestic and international politics, and how the interests of a diverse array of actors intersect, overlap, and conflict in this most critical of regions. -- Thomas Ambrosio, North Dakota State University
Using sophisticated theoretical approaches from political science, Stylianos Sotiriou presents powerful explanations of the origins and dynamics of five "frozen conflicts" in the former Soviet space. Without sacrificing historical and institutional context and by deploying analyses based in rationality and cultural sensitivity, he illuminates how the critical juncture created by the collapse of the USSR led to the crises in Transdniestria, Crimea, Nagorno-Karabakh, South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Beyond the case studies, the author extends his focus outward to include the politics of oil and the interplay of China and Russia. This is an exemplary exploration and explanation of conflicts that have defied resolution. -- Ronald Grigor Suny, William H. Sewell Jr. Distinguished University Professor of History and Political Science, University of Michigan
In this thoughtful work, Stylianos Sotiriou combines approaches of both comparative politics and international relations to account for the varying power of institutions on managing the so-called frozen conflicts in Eurasia. Sotiriou's analysis unites an understanding of Russian (and others) foreign policy interests with opportunities in the domestic politics of Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, and Azerbaijan to explain the contours of the region's conflicts. This book offers an engaging and well-informed voice to the conversation how foreign and domestic politics combine to exacerbate civil wars. -- Julie A. George, City University of New York
The Eurasian region remains a work in progress, with contending geopolitical and state projects interacting with struggles for national self-affirmation at the state and sub-state levels, provoking a number of 'frozen conflicts'. Sotirou's two-level scheme allows the context and content of Eurasian developments to be analyzed through their interaction. This masterly, erudite and highly informative work is essential reading for anyone trying to understand the problems of late state development in the region -- Richard Sakwa, University of Kent

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