Russian patronage over Abkhazia and South Ossetia: implications for conflict resolution

  title={Russian patronage over Abkhazia and South Ossetia: implications for conflict resolution},
  author={Andr{\'e} W. M. Gerrits and Max Bader},
  journal={East European Politics},
  pages={297 - 313}
ABSTRACT This article applies the concepts of linkage and leverage as developed by Steven Levitsky and Lucan Way and elaborated by Gwendolyn Sasse in the introduction to this special issue of East European Politics to Russia’s involvement with Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the two quasi-independent states in the South Caucasus. Through this re-conceptualisation of the developments in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, combined with new empirical insights, the article aims to increase our understanding… 


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