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Near Abroad: Putin, the West and the Contest over Ukraine and the Caucasus

Gerard Toal

Abstract

Before Russia invaded Ukraine, it invaded Georgia. Both states are part of Russia's "near abroad" - newly independent states that were once part of the Soviet Union and are now Russia's neighbors. While the Russia-Georgia war of 2008 faded from the headlines in the wake of the global recession, the geopolitical contest that created it did not. Six years later, the spectre of a revanchist Russia returned when Putin's forces invaded and annexed the Crimean peninsula, once part of Russia but an internationally recognized part of Ukraine since the Soviet collapse. Crimea's annexation and follow on ... More

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190253301
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190253301.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gerard Toal, author