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Ukrainian foreign and security policy : theoretical and comparative perspectives /
edited by Jennifer D.P. Moroney, Taras Kuzio, and Mikhail Molchanov.
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2002.
vi, 298 p. ; 24 cm.
027597622X (alk. paper)
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Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2002.
027597622X (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [279]-288) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-06-01:
These ten essays probe the overriding question of the extent to which theory can explain or predict Ukrainian foreign and defense policy. Among the international relations theories examined are realist, neorealist, identity, constructivist, and state theory. Some writers hedge their conclusions; others see utility with one or another theory, and some find value in combining elements of different theories. Collectively the findings here are inconclusive. Contributors examine different facets of Ukrainian foreign policy, including Ukraine and the Commonwealth of Independent States, the tug of Europe versus the pull of Russia, civil-military relations, business and Ukrainian policy, Polish-Ukrainian relations, the regional organization GUUAM, Ukraine on Europe's periphery, and national identity and security policy. The analysis primarily focuses on the Kuchma administration (1994 to the present), and the overriding issue is the tension between the Ukrainian perception of the nation as European and the Russian view of Ukraine as a Eurasian state linked to Russia. Prediction of Ukrainian orientation in the future is difficult because the nation's identity is not yet defined. The ten contributors represent American and non-American academics and government researchers. Summing Up: Recommended. Academic collections serving graduate students, researchers, and faculty. J. L. Nogee emeritus, University of Houston
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'œ[a] timely and generally successful effort to advance our knowledge on Ukrainian post-Soviet foreign and security policy....This effort to bring theory to Ukrainian foreign policy studies will be helpful in both teaching and research.'' Slavic Review
"[a] timely and generally successful effort to advance our knowledge on Ukrainian post-Soviet foreign and security policy....This effort to bring theory to Ukrainian foreign policy studies will be helpful in both teaching and research."- Slavic Review
'œRecommended. Academic collections serving graduate students, researchers, and faculty.'' Choice
"Recommended. Academic collections serving graduate students, researchers, and faculty."- Choice
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A key country for stability and security in Europe, Ukraine is struggling to create consistent foreign and security policies. Political alliances, identity struggles, economic goals, and geopolitical position all pull this newly emergent state in different and often conflicting directions. Due to its dependencies on both the West and Russia, Ukraine's foreign policy is in a state of flux. To ensure stability in this newly-emergent state, the contributors to this volume argue that the West should be more assertive in offering an unambiguous developmental perspective, supporting democracy and the rule of law, and offer E.U. affiliation in the near future. International Relations theory and Ukraine's foreign policy are examined in the first section, followed by chapters exploring civil-military relations. Next comes a look at Ukraine's foreign and security policy orientations in comparative context. The book concludes with chapters focusing on matters of national identity, ideology, and their impact on Ukrainian security policy. Scholars and analysts of contemporary Eastern European politics will be interested in what these well-known scholars and government officials have to say about the contemporary state of affairs in this pivotal nation.
Table of Contents
Ukraine's Foreign and Security Policy: Theoretical and Comparative Perspectivesp. 1
International Relations Theory and Ukrainian Foreign Policyp. 9
The Limits of Realism: Ukrainian Policy toward the Cisp. 11
Constructivist Theory and Ukrainian Foreign Policyp. 37
Ukraine's Foreign Policy on Europe's Periphery: Globalization, Transnationalism, and the Frontierp. 57
Civil-Military Relations Theory and Ukrainep. 89
Security, Democracy, and "civil Democratic Control" of Armed Forces in Ukrainep. 91
Civil-Military Relations in a Sovereign Ukraine: Contributing or Detracting from the Security of a New Nation?p. 113
Foreign and Security Policy Orientationsp. 129
Defining a Ukrainian Foreign Policy Identity: Business Interests and Geopolitics in the Formulation of Ukrainian Foreign Policy 1994-1999p. 131
Notesp. 151
The Polish-Ukrainian Interstate Model for Cooperation and Integration: Regional Relations in a Theoretical Contextp. 155
Ukraine, Guuam, and Western Support for Subregional Cooperation in Europe's Security Gray Zonep. 179
National Identity, Ideology, and Ukrainian Security Policyp. 195
European, Eastern Slavic, and Eurasian: National Identity, Transformation, and Ukrainian Foreign Policyp. 197
National Identity and Foreign Policy Orientation in Ukrainep. 227
Conclusionp. 263
Bibliographyp. 279
Indexp. 289
About the Editors and Contributorsp. 295
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