Accession Number : ADA264909


Title :   Ethnic Russians in the Baltic States and Russia's Foreign Policy


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Bales, Brian B


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a264909.pdf


Report Date : Mar 1993


Pagination or Media Count : 114


Abstract : Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, ethnic Russians living in the former republics of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania have alleged that their civil and human rights are being violated. The issue has generated a great deal of concern from both progressive and conservative elements within the Russian government. Although Russia has vital military and economic interests in the Baltic region, and the human rights problem could possibly play into the hands of those who would use the issue as a pretext for maintaining a military presence in the area, this thesis will examine the possibility that the human rights agenda is not so much a cover for geostrategic interests as it is a political problem that facilitates the Russian foreign policy for keeping a foothold in the Baltic States. The situation may also represent a beneficial condition for the Russian military who have been pressing for support of a foreign policy that would discontinue the withdrawal of Russian troops from the Baltics, retain a Russian military presence in the area, and address their interests and concerns. Baltic states, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Civil rights violations, Human rights violations, Linkage, Troop withdrawal.


Descriptors :   *FOREIGN POLICY , *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS , *HUMAN RELATIONS , *LITHUANIA , *LATVIA , *ESTONIA , USSR , ECONOMICS , COLLAPSE , GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , THESES


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Sociology and Law
      Humanities and History


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE