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Russia, the United Nations and the Dilemma of Intervention:National Interests or International Norms?: A Multiple Case Study of Russia's Behavior in the Security Council in Cases ofKosovo, Iraq, Libya and Syria
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Studying how states behave in the international system is probably the most traditional researchfield in International Relations: all the major theories, such as the paradigms of realism andliberalism, seem to provide an answer to the question how states act in the international system andwhy. In majority of all possible cases states tend to act according to the rules and norms of theinternational community. However, sometimes, under certain conditions states do act against thenorms and follow their national interests instead. The Russian Federation (from now on Russia) isan interesting state to study; as the former Soviet Union it is a previous superpower that is willing torevive its great power status and is, however, still enjoying some superpower privileges, such as thepermanent membership of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). The Security Councilitself provides an interesting arena for action at the international level as the main task of theCouncil is to maintain international peace and security and therefore especially the permanentmembers with their veto power play a crucial role in that game. For example, lately Russia hasexercised its veto power in the Security Council three times in order to prevent sanctions andintervening actions in the ongoing conflict in Syria and also during the past decade Russia hasmostly opposed interventions, which seems to stand in opposition with the so-called Western normof humanitarian intervention. However, the behavior in the UNSC is just a part of a bigger picture:decision-making on international security in the frames of the UN reflects the basic researchproblem in International Relations: whether states act in accordance with international rules andnorms or not and under what conditions a state may ignore these norms. The purpose of this study isto study patterns of similarities and differences in Russian behavior in the UNSC in a particular setof cases (Kosovo, Iraq, Libya and Syria) and find out these plausible conditions.

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2012. , 40 p.
Keyword [en]
Russia, United Nations, liberalism, realism, intervention, norms
National Category
Economic History
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-89429OAI: diva2:617931
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2013-04-25 Created: 2013-04-25 Last updated: 2013-04-25Bibliographically approved

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