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New Security Challenges

Fear, Weakness and Power in the Post-Soviet South Caucasus

A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis

Authors: Oskanien, K., Oskanian, Kevork

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This book provides a multi-level analysis of international security in the South Caucasus. Using an expanded and adapted version of Regional Security Complex Theory, it studies both material conditions and discourses of insecurity in its assessment of the region's possible transition towards a more peaceable future.

About the authors

Kevork Oskanian currently teaches at the University of Westminster, UK. He received his PhD from London School of Economics, UK and has formerly edited Millenium Journal of International Studies. His research interests include the politics of the Former Soviet Union, constructivism, the English School, regionalism, and state incoherence.




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"[This book] constitutes both a stimulating contribution to RSC theory while being of substantial empirical interest. This aspect, taken together with an easy writing style, excellent presentation and an extensive bibliography, incorporating primary and secondary sources and both theoretical and empirical material, should ensure that it is of interest to both IR scholars and area specialists, and it may be read with profit by advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students." - Caucasas Survey

"This conceptually sophisticated study breaks new ground in using Regional Security Complex Theory to unravel the "Gordian knot" of relations within the South Caucasus. It deepens our understanding of the regional dimension in international relations theory, but also uncovers the deeper pattern of security interactions within a region long known for its complexity and instability. The book will therefore prove valuable for scholars and students of post-Soviet and wider regional studies, as well as for the theoretically minded wishing to learn more about a particularly fascinating part of the world." - Roy Allison, University of Oxford, UK

"The South Caucasus is a fractious territory composed of fragmented states. This unique book describes it as a 'Regional Security Complex', exploring the concerns of its main actors with a strong sense of balance and precision. It applies the theoretical foundations of a regional approach to the conflicts in the South Caucasus, touching new ground in its thorough historical investigation of its patterns of amity and enmity. The book's rigorous conceptual framework allows for an insightful delineation of possible future scenarios, featuring, for instance, Armenia's rivalry with Azerbaijan, the impact of Western values in shaping Georgia's political identity, and the emergence of a more stable security regime."- Bruno Coppieters, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

"This book is a major contribution to the understanding of the international relations of the Southern Caucasus. Most literature on the subject is largely descriptive and historical. Oskanian makes a major contribution by embedding a rich empirical analysis into a clear conceptual and theoretical frame. In so doing, he also contributes to theoretical development by suggesting an appropriate modification of Regional Security Complex Theory." - Neil MacFarlane, University of Oxford, UK


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Oskanian, Kevork

    Pages 1-17

  • Amity and Enmity in Its Regional Context

    Oskanian, Kevork

    Pages 18-35

  • State Incoherence as Weakness, Instability and Failure

    Oskanian, Kevork

    Pages 36-49

  • Great Powers and Their Regional Entanglements

    Oskanian, Kevork

    Pages 50-65

  • A Macro-view of the Southern Caucasus

    Oskanian, Kevork

    Pages 66-91

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Softcover $110.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-349-43938-6
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  • This title is currently reprinting. You can pre-order your copy now.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Fear, Weakness and Power in the Post-Soviet South Caucasus
Book Subtitle
A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis
Authors
Series Title
New Security Challenges
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-02676-7
DOI
10.1057/9781137026767
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-02675-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-43938-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 261
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