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Russia, the West, and Military Intervention$
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Roy Allison

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199590636

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590636.001.0001

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Contested Norms in the CIS Regional Order

Contested Norms in the CIS Regional Order

(p.120) 6 Contested Norms in the CIS Regional Order
Russia, the West, and Military Intervention

Allison Roy

Oxford University Press

This chapter investigates the regional dimension of the normative interplay between Russia, other CIS states, and major Western states. It assesses how far and with what success Russia has promoted norms for the CIS regional order related to the use of force and interventions. Initially it shows how Russia sought to assert primacy in the CIS region in the 1990s, to confirm a hierarchical structure of power and act as the regional security manager. This was reflected in Russian-style peacekeeping in regional conflicts, which struggled to establish its legitimacy through principles of CIS multilateralism. The chapter proceeds to show how Moscow regarded the 2003–5 ‘coloured revolutions’ as Western-inspired and as representing both normative and strategic challenges. Finally, the chapter analyses the Collective Security Treaty Organization since 2003. Russia has used this as a political instrument to bolster the regime security of CIS states. However, the CSTO might also be used to intervene in future intra-state crises in this region.

Keywords:   CIS region, Russia, peacekeeping, coloured revolutions, Collective Security Treaty Organization, Kyrgyzstan

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