Tug of War: Negotiating Security in Eurasia

December 18, 2017
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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. 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?



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

Part One: Negotiating Security Order Ownership

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

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

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

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

Part Two: Resolving Conflicts: Real and Imagined

5. Negotiating Conflicts in the South Caucasus Jason Bruder and Shannon Bruder

6. Negotiating the Ukraine/Crimea Crisis P. Terrence Hopmann

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

8. Negotiating Memory in Eurasia: A Comparative Analysis Valerie Rosoux

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

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

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

11. Pivot to Asia? Security and Economic Aspects of the Power of Siberia Negotiations Danila Bochkarev


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

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About the Editor

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.