Publication Date

2015-11-11

Availability

Embargoed

Embargo Period

2017-11-10

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PHD)

Department

International Studies (Arts and Sciences)

Date of Defense

2015-10-28

First Committee Member

Roger E. Kanet

Second Committee Member

Joaquin Roy

Third Committee Member

Laura Gomez-Mera

Fourth Committee Member

Mohiaddin Mesbahi

Abstract

This study employs a case-centric research design with the ambition to build a plausible explanation of Russia’s foreign policies in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia, using theories (neoclassical realism and regimes theories) as heuristic tools that act as frameworks for this analysis. It argues that Russia’s material power capabilities (an independent variable) guides Moscow’s foreign policies (dependent variables in this study) in all three South Caucasian states. Next, it points out that the differentiation of the independent variable helps to develop a more discriminating analysis of the effectiveness of Russia’s material power capabilities and to identify specific factors that favors or hinders the success of each variant.

Keywords

Russian Foreign Policy; Comparative Study; Post-Soviet Politics; Case Studies; The South Caucasus; Neoclassical Realism; International Regime Theories

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