Journal of Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society


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Journal of Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society

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Special Section: Russian Foreign Policy Towards the “Near Abroad”

This special section deals with Russia’s post-Maidan foreign policy towards the so-called “near abroad,” or the former Soviet states. This is an important and timely topic, as Russia’s policy perspectives have changed dramatically since 2013/2014, as have those of its neighbors. The Kremlin today is paradoxically following an aggressive “realist” agenda that seeks to clearly delineate its sphere of influence in Europe and Eurasia while simultaneously attempting to promote “soft-power” and a historical-civilizational justification for its recent actions in Ukraine (and elsewhere). The result is an often perplexing amalgam of policy positions that are difficult to disentangle. The contributors to this special issue are all regional specialists based either in Europe or the United States.  

Special Section: Russia's Annexation of Crimea II

JSPPS’s second special section on Russia’s annexation of Crimea is less focused on Moscow’s 2014 land grab per se. Instead it discusses how to interpret and contextualize some salient judicial, historical and political issues concerning the annexation. The section’s papers document how these issues have been interpreted and contextualized by various relevant public actors including politicians, journalists and scholars, in Ukraine, Russia and the West. Natalya Belitser’s “The Status of the Crimean Tatars in Ukrainian and International Law” shines new light on the long legal and political fight of the Crimean Tatars to acquire the special status of indigenous people. Alina Cherviatsova’s “The 1954 Transfer of Crimea: Debunking the Myth of a ‘Royal Gift’ to Ukraine” focuses on select Soviet legal and historical issues related to Moscow’s various apologetic discourses since 2014. Maryna Rabinovych’s “How the Federal Republic Reacted to Russia’s Annexation of Crimea: Berlin’s Diplomatic Response and German Media Representations in 2014-2020” portrays today’s Germany as caught in the middle of two of its fundamental competing foreign affairs principles, multilateralism and Ostpolitik, in the aftermath of Russia’s annexation of Crimea and intervention in the Donets Basin (Donbas). The three papers add new observations, comparisons, and interpretations to the growing body of academic literature, on Russia’s annexation of Crimea. They provide insights into hitherto insufficiently highlighted aspects of this consequential event in current European history.


Special Section: Russian Foreign Policy towards the “Near Abroad”

George Soroka, Tomasz Stepniewski: Introduction: Russia and the Rest: Permeable Sovereignty and the Former Soviet Socialist Republics

Yuval Weber: When War is Preferable to Peace: Russia, the Post-Cold War Settlement, and the Kremlin’s Policy towards Ukraine

Boris Barkanov: A Realist View from Moscow: Identity and Threat Perception in the Writings of Sergei A. Karaganov (2003–2019)

Jeanne L. Wilson: Soft Power in Russian Foreign Policy toward Azerbaijan

Special Section: Russia’s Annexation of Crimea II

Gergana Dimova, Andreas Umland: Introduction. Russia’s 2014 Annexation of Crimea in Historical Context: Discourses and Controversies

Natalya Belitser: The Status of the Crimean Tatars in Ukrainian and International Law

Alina Cherviatsova: The 1954 Transfer of Crimea: Debunking the Myth of a “Royal Gift” to Ukraine

Maryna Rabinovych: How the Federal Republic Reacted to Russia’s Annexation of Crimea: Berlin’s Diplomatic Response and German Media Representations in 2014–2020


Alexander Etkind, Yevhenii Poliakov, Bohdan Shumylovych: Ukrainian Labor and Siberian Oil in the Late Soviet Empire

Dennis Soltys: Democratic Centralization and Institutional Development in Ukraine from the Maidans of 2004 and 2014: A Holistic Interpretation


Jan C. Behrends on:

Andrei P. Tsygankov, Russian Foreign Policy: Change and Continuity in National Identity

Vasily V. Gatov on:

Jeremy Friedman, “Shadow Cold War”: The Sino-Soviet Competition for the Third World

Nicolaas A. Kraft van Ermel on:

Paul Hanebrink, A Specter Haunting Europe: The Myth of Judeo-Bolshevism

Aijan Sharshenova on:

Keir Giles, Moscow Rules: What Drives Russia to Confront the West

Oleksii Poltorakov on:

Anna Velikaya and Greg Simons (eds.), Russia’s Public Diplomacy: Evolution and Practice

Javeed Ahwar on:

Jean-François Caron (ed.), Kazakhstan and the Soviet Legacy: Between Continuity and Rupture

Elise Westin on:

Jelena Subotić, Yellow Star, Red Star: Holocaust Remembrance after Communism

The author

About the author

Gergana Dimova received her Ph.D. from Harvard University, and has subsequently assumed research and teaching positions at the University of Cambridge and at Winchester University in the UK. Her most recent book is Democracy beyond Elections (Palgrave 2019) and her forthcoming book is Political Uncertainty (ibidem 2020). She is the convenor of the Anti-Politics Specialist Group of the UK Political Science Association. Her academic articles have been published in Demokratizatsiya, Observatorio, Global Media Journal, and others. Her expertise has been featured in the Atlantic Council, Huffington Post, the LSE Policy Institute, Global Risk Insights, and Bulgarian TV and radio. She serves on the editorial board of Democratic Theory, Journal of Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society, and Journal of Liberty and International Affairs, and consults for the European Commission.

George Soroka received his PhD in Political Science from Harvard University, from where he also holds an AM in Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies. His primary research interests focus on the politics of history in the post-communist region, though he is also working on projects that examine the role of religion in politics and status-seeking behavior in international relations. Currently, he is completing a monograph detailing how contentious historical interpretations function in defining contemporary foreign-policy objectives between Poland, Russia, and Ukraine. His publications have appeared (or are forthcoming) in East European Politics and Societies, Foreign Affairs, Problems of Post-Communism, and the Journal of Democracy, among other outlets.

Tomasz Stępniewski, Doctor Habilitatus (Polish Academy of Sciences) is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Political Science and Public Administration, Faculty of Social Sciences, The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin and Deputy Director at the Institute of Central Europe (IEŚ), Lublin. He is a former research fellow at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute (2005, 2006, and 2015), Carnegie Moscow Centre and elsewhere. His main research interests include the EU’s policy towards its eastern neighborhood, international relations of the Commonwealth of Independent States, and Russia’s policy towards Eastern Europe. His most recent publications include Ukraine after Maidan: Revisiting Domestic and Regional Security (ibidem 2018) (co-edited with George Soroka).

Andreas Umland (Dr.Phil. FU Berlin, Ph.D. Cambridge) is a Research Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) in Stockholm and Senior Expert at the Ukrainian Institute for the Future (UIM) in Kyiv, as well as editor of the book series Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society (ibidem-Verlag, 2004–). His articles have appeared in, among others, e-Foreign Affairs, e-Foreign Policy, Harvard International Review, World Affairs, Survival, Political Studies Review, Perspectives on Politics, European Political Science, Journal of Democracy, Terrorism and Political Violence, European History Quarterly, Europe-Asia Studies, Problems of Post-Communism, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, The Russian Review, Nationalities Papers, East European Jewish Affairs, Journal of Slavic Military Studies, Demokratizatsiya, Internationale Politik, Österreichische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft, Osteuropa, Jahrbuch für Ostrecht, Politicheskie issledovaniia, and Voprosy filosofii.
Additional Information

Additional Information

Delivery time 2-3 Tage / 2-3 days
Author Yevhenii Poliakov, Nataliia Belitser, Alexander Etkind, Boris Barkanov, Dennis Soltys, Maryna Rabinovych, Alina Cherviatsova, Andreas Umland, Jeanne L. Wilson, Yuval Weber, George Soroka, Tomasz Stepniewski, Bohdan Shumylovych, Jan C. Behrends, Vasily V. Gatov, Nicolaas A. Kraft van Ermel, Aijan Sharshenova, Oleksii Poltorakov, Javeed Ahwar, Elise Westin
Editor Julie Fedor, Andrey Makarychev, Andreas Umland, George Soroka, Tomasz Stępniewski, Gergana Dimova 
Number of pages 356
Language English
Publication date Oct 20, 2020
Weight (kg) 0.4650
ISSN 2364-5334
ISBN-13 9783838214665