Russia’s pursuit of great-power status and security

Authored by: Anne L. Clunan

Routledge Handbook of Russian Security

Print publication date:  February  2019
Online publication date:  January  2019

Print ISBN: 9780815396710
eBook ISBN: 9781351181242
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781351181242-2

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Abstract

Russian leaders have spent the early twenty-first century securing Russia’s status as a sovereign state and great power. Both of these statuses were in question at the dawn of the Millennium, not least because the international understanding of these concepts had changed (Neumann, 2014). When the status attributes required for sovereign statehood and being a great power shift, the authority of states changes, with substantial potential for conflict over loss of or gain in rights and privileges. The end of the twentieth century saw significant changes in the standards for sovereign statehood and great-power status. Sovereignty became contingent upon the state’s protection of its population’s human rights and economic well-being and conformance with criteria of good governance (Clunan, 2009b; Neumann, 2014). Heads of state were put on trial in an International Criminal Court for crimes against their own people, while non-state actors gained increasing recognition in global and local economic and security governance (Clunan and Trinkunas, 2010).

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