A Consensus Proposal for a Revised Regional Order in Post-Soviet Europe and Eurasia
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Russias relations with the West are in deep turmoil. This turmoil has manifested itself in various ways, including alleged Russian interference in U.S. and European elections, tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions, and sanctions. These developments notwithstanding, the issue that originally sent the relationship off the rails and remains at the core of the broader dispute is the competition over Ukraine and the other in-between states Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. This contest has become a negative-sum game, benefiting none of the parties As a result, the West and Russia now find themselves locked in a dangerous and damaging competition, while the states of the region remain, to varying degrees, unstable, unreformed, and rife with conflict. Despite the costs associated with the status quo, neither policymakers nor the expert community have proffered ideas about how to revise the regional order - in a manner that might plausibly be acceptable to all concerned states - to achieve stability, address conflicts, and facilitate greater prosperity. The poisonous atmosphere in relations among the key states has made an official discussion nearly impossible, and it is equally difficult for individual researchers to offer alternatives that take into account the range of complex and often conflicting national perspectives.
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