Coercive diplomacy and the Donbas: Explaining Russian strategy in Eastern Ukraine

  title={Coercive diplomacy and the Donbas: Explaining Russian strategy in Eastern Ukraine},
  author={Andrew S. Bowen},
  journal={Journal of Strategic Studies},
  pages={312 - 343}
  • Andrew S. Bowen
  • Published 7 June 2019
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Strategic Studies
ABSTRACT What were Russia’s objectives in Eastern Ukraine, and why was it seemingly unable to achieve a successful or decisive outcome? In contrast to Russia’s seizure of Crimea, the uprising in Eastern Ukraine was marked by disorganization and chaos. Using proxy and surrogate actors, along with military exercises and the injection of Russian troops, Russia sought to institutionalize a political entity inside Ukraine to influence its domestic politics. In this article, I analyze the mechanisms… 

“Decentralize or Else”: Russia’s Use of Offensive Coercive Diplomacy against Ukraine

  • Eray Alim
  • Business, Political Science
    World Affairs
  • 2020
Drawing on the concept of offensive coercive diplomacy, this article examines Russia’s strategy in the conflict in Eastern Ukraine and addresses the question of why Russia has failed to achieve its

Russia’s rising military and communication power: From Chechnya to Crimea

Most scholars working on Russia’s use of strategic narratives recognize the importance of the Russian state. Nevertheless, the authors argue that much of the attention on strategic narratives has

Geographies of hybrid war: rebellion and foreign intervention in Ukraine

ABSTRACT What explains the variation in violence in the internationalized civil conflict? This study identifies such conflict as an adaptation of insurgency warfare by the state. The analysis of the

From the editors

  • J. Rovner
  • Political Science
    Journal of Strategic Studies
  • 2022
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has led to debates about its motives, the chances of aggression elsewhere, the dangers of nuclear instability, the prospects for deterrence, and the future of nuclear

The Ukraine Conflict and the Problems of War Termination

ABSTRACT The war in the east of Ukraine is now in its sixth year, and despite the cost-benefit logic for both sides of securing a peace, the chances of terminating this conflict remain remote. Using

Russia’s Approach to Civilians in the Territories it Controls

  • E. Quak
  • Political Science, Economics
  • 2022
This rapid review synthesises the literature from academic sources, knowledge institutions, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and trusted independent media outlets on the approach used by the

Redrawing borders, reshaping orders: Russia’s quest for dominance in the Black Sea region

ABSTRACT Since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March 2014, severe limitations have been placed on Ukraine’s coastal state rights and navigational freedoms in the Black and Azov Seas and the Kerch

A nation-in-the-making, in arms: control of force, strategy and the Ukrainian Volunteer Battalions

Abstract At the core of waging war and strategy is the creation, control and use of force. This article investigates the volunteer battalions that mobilized in Ukraine during the spring of 2014. It

Can small states wage proxy wars? A closer look at Lithuania’s military aid to Ukraine

Proxy wars are an increasingly common feature of great power competition in the 21st century. In this context, the role of the small states is less clear and has not been properly addressed in the

Towards a typology of non-state actors in ‘hybrid warfare’: proxy, auxiliary, surrogate and affiliated forces

  • Vladimir Rauta
  • Political Science
    Cambridge Review of International Affairs
  • 2019
Abstract This article presents a typology of armed non-state actors in hybrid warfare: proxy, auxiliary, surrogate and affiliated forces. By focusing on the kinetic domain of hybrid warfare, the



Russian ‘deniable’ intervention in Ukraine: how and why Russia broke the rules

The Russian military interventions in Ukraine, which have led to the annexation of the Crimean peninsula and to the entrenchment of separatist enclaves in Donetsk and Luhansk provinces, directly

From Moscow with coercion: Russian deterrence theory and strategic culture

ABSTRACT The recent Russian approach to strategy has linked nuclear, conventional and informational (cyber) tools of influence into one integrated mechanism. The article traces the intellectual

Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s Fault

The author argues that responsibility for the Russian intervention in Ukraine in 2014, including its annexation of Crimea, lies with the U.S. and the European Union (EU) member state allies. He

The Russian Interventions in South Ossetia and Crimea Compared: Military Performance, Legitimacy and Goals

Abstract Russian interventions in South Ossetia and Crimea indicate a major shift in Moscow's policy towards the former Soviet republics. This article compares the two interventions in terms of

Putin, the State, and War: The Causes of Russia’s Near Abroad Assertion Revisited

Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and meddling in eastern Ukraine are the latest signs of Russia’s increasingly assertive behavior in the post-Soviet space. Not surprisingly, Moscow’s actions have become

Domestic Sources of the Donbas Insurgency

The armed conflict in the Donbas has been widely portrayed in Western policy circles and mainstream media as a result of Russia’s covert military aggression against Ukraine with little local support.

Moscow's choice

The article discusses the 2014 Russian intervention in Ukraine. It responds to the article "Why the Ukraine Crisis is the West's Fault" by political scientist John Mearsheimer, which appeared in the

Crimea vs. Donbas: How Putin Won Russian Nationalist Support—and Lost it Again

The article analyzes how the nationalist segment of the Russian public has engaged in attempts to interpret and evaluate the Crimean annexation and the war in Donbass. The Crimean annexation was

The Donbas in 2014: Explaining Civil Conflict Perhaps, but not Civil War

Abstract This essay argues that historical and identity factors, economic fears and alienation from the new government in Kyiv were only part of the reason for the rise of the separatist movement in

Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands

The unfolding crisis in Ukraine has brought the world to the brink of a new Cold War. As Russia and Ukraine tussle for Crimea and the eastern regions, relations between Putin and the West have