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Russia’s Grey Zones: The Role of Political Ambiguity on Russian Influence in Georgia, Ukraine, and Moldova

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dc.contributor.advisor Paczynska, Agnieszka
dc.contributor.author Jennette, William G
dc.creator Jennette, William G
dc.date 2020-05-05
dc.date.accessioned 2021-09-10T22:07:17Z
dc.date.available 2021-09-10T22:07:17Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1920/11998
dc.description.abstract This thesis explores the ways in which the politically ambiguous status of the former Soviet grey zones allows Russia to exert influence over Georgia, Ukraine, and Moldova. Literature review and case studies indicate that there are a few key strategies which allow this influence to take hold: passportization, economic coercion, presence of troops, and the strategic manipulation of official peace talks. The cases of Transnistria, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and the Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics illustrate the use of these strategies on the ground in different contexts. These strategies are made possible in part by the ambiguous political status that the grey zones hold and contribute to both keeping the zones in their liminal state and influencing the parent state for Russia’s political and military interests. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Russia en_US
dc.subject grey zones en_US
dc.subject political influence en_US
dc.subject Influence in Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia en_US
dc.title Russia’s Grey Zones: The Role of Political Ambiguity on Russian Influence in Georgia, Ukraine, and Moldova en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.name Master of Science in Conflict Analysis and Resolution en_US
thesis.degree.level Master's en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Conflict Analysis and Resolution en_US
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en_US


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