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

@article{Bowen2019CoerciveDA,
  title={Coercive diplomacy and the Donbas: Explaining Russian strategy in Eastern Ukraine},
  author={Andrew S. Bowen},
  journal={Journal of Strategic Studies},
  year={2019},
  volume={42},
  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… 

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