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Role Change and Russia's Responses to Upheavals in Ukraine

Role Change and Russia's Responses to Upheavals in Ukraine Russia reacted in markedly different ways to comparable upheavals in Ukraine: the Orange Revolution in 2004 and the Euromaidan Revolution in 2013/2014. This paper argues that a combination of important external and internal factors led to a change in Russia's dominant national role conceptions, which contributed to Moscow's more assertive foreign policy, exemplified by divergent reactions to these two upheavals. Consequently, the paper aims to contribute to the existing scholarship on role change, demonstrating mechanisms behind such changes and examining the necessary scope conditions. The analysis reveals two types of role change: long-term, comprehensive ones that may lead to shifts in foreign policy behavior and swift changes motivated by contemporary events that result from role conflict. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Foreign Policy Analysis Oxford University Press

Role Change and Russia's Responses to Upheavals in Ukraine

Foreign Policy Analysis , Volume 18 (4): 1 – Jul 28, 2022

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Publisher
Oxford University Press
Copyright
© The Author(s) (2022). Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the International Studies Association.
ISSN
1743-8586
eISSN
1743-8594
DOI
10.1093/fpa/orac017
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Abstract

Russia reacted in markedly different ways to comparable upheavals in Ukraine: the Orange Revolution in 2004 and the Euromaidan Revolution in 2013/2014. This paper argues that a combination of important external and internal factors led to a change in Russia's dominant national role conceptions, which contributed to Moscow's more assertive foreign policy, exemplified by divergent reactions to these two upheavals. Consequently, the paper aims to contribute to the existing scholarship on role change, demonstrating mechanisms behind such changes and examining the necessary scope conditions. The analysis reveals two types of role change: long-term, comprehensive ones that may lead to shifts in foreign policy behavior and swift changes motivated by contemporary events that result from role conflict.

Journal

Foreign Policy AnalysisOxford University Press

Published: Jul 28, 2022

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