#act power thursdays: Russia, frozen conflicts, and separatism

A Ukrainian border post, viewed through bullet holes in a truck’s windscreen. Lugansk, June 2014. (Reuters)

Dear
all, I apologise for posting this so late – Brexit happened…so today
is no longer Thursday, but I am still looking at borders, walls, and
barriers on my blog. My ongoing case study in creative statecraft,
Russia, is providing an interesting angle on this week’s theme: The use
of frozen conflicts – keeping borders forever undefined – and/ or of
separatism – potentially altering national borders – as power tools to
guarantee regional influence over Russia’s neighbourhood.

Please find below  a couple of links on the use of frozen conflict by Russia.

Nagorno-Karabakh, Transnistria and Abkhazia and South Ossetia, now eastern Ukraine – Euractiv’s dossier on frozen conflicts (the photo above is from this article).

Jens Malling in Le Monde Diplomatique explores Russia’s skillful use of the not-quite independent territory of Transnistria – to prevent Moldova from joining the EU and NATO.

Foreign policy probes the curious case of separatism appearing every time a Russian neighbour is becoming too reform-minded.

And lastly, Konstantin Fischer for IMR explores the risks the Kremlin runs in openly encouraging separatism.

Johanna M

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