Russkiy mir : the geopolitics of Russian compatriots abroad

Pieper, MA 2020, 'Russkiy mir : the geopolitics of Russian compatriots abroad' , Geopolitics, 25 (3) , pp. 756-779.

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This paper argues that the instrumental reference to Russian ‘compatriots’ in Georgia in 2008 and Ukraine in 2014 served as a discursive framing to justify contradictions in Russian approaches to state sovereignty to an international audience. Contrary to teleological readings of Russian foreign policy, however, the paper argues that while Russian diaspora policies have been tapped into, the iterative and partially contradictory development thereof on a governmental level suggests that these were not the blueprint for a revisionist foreign policy by design. It contextualizes the evolution of Russian diaspora policies against the background of the evolution of the wider ‘Russian World’ conception and shows how the discourse about the protection of ‘compatriots’ was contextual and has translated into geopolitical boundary-making at a time when relations between Russia and the West deteriorated.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media
Journal or Publication Title: Geopolitics
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1465-0045
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Depositing User: MA Pieper
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2018 07:43
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 23:07

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